Northern California Part One Half Moon Bay Gualala Mendocino

Half Moon Bay

The harbor in Half Moon Bay, a small town southwest of San Francisco.

Local produce in brilliant color

Ritz Carlton Resort Half Moon Bay The walk along the beach is open to the public. Stop in for lunch or tea at the resort to complete the experience.

The hydrangeas at the entrance to the hotel

A happy hiker

A reluctant hiker

Flowers on the hill below the trail.

View of the golf course and the Pacific Ocean

Birds flying in formation.

Ancient ruins transported from Greece?!?

Getting To Mendocino

There are a few ways to get to Mendocino. If you don't mind a two lane highway and driving through small villages, the coastal highway is the one to take for dramatic views of the ocean and cliffs along the way.

The beach below the highway at Jenner

Off the coast of Gualala

A spectacular evening in Gualala

Pelicans in flight

On the coastal road to Mendocino.

Topiary by the coastal highway to Mendocino.

An Alternate Route To Mendocino

Another way to get to Mendocino is up through the mountains. It is very winding but the road through the redwood forest and valleys of vineyards is equally beautiful.

Picnic Area at Navarro Vineyards and Winery

Navarro Vineyards has charming flower gardens near the tasting room and along the edge of the rows of grapevines.

The first and last impressions of Mendocino are of the glorious gardens on every street.


Some gardens are more riotous.

The hydrangeas are really that blue!

The Wildflower Trail

The snarls and tangles of the wildflowers are blown in a glorious maze

The trail winds out over the cliffs.

The church at the end of the trail.

One of the old water towers that pop up in the yards of some houses in the village.

A repurposed water tower has been turned into an art gallery.

A view from our vacation rental home a few miles just south of town.

Sunset on the Pacific

Every sunset is breathtaking.

I hope you enjoyed the first part of my Northern California tribute. Check out Part Two which takes you further north to the mighty redwood forests.

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