I barely had time to check in with LJ before TBG was up and about. We had some breakfast and then headed out to the shore. There is an access road not far from the hotel and we were able to watch waves crash all around the opening to the Noyo Harbor. Man, those fishing vessels must have nerves of steel. It’s all pretty incredible. It was very chilly and overcast, so we didn’t stay there too long.
We had decided over breakfast to head up the coast 12 miles to Mendocino. Our friends go there every summer for a series of concerts and it was fun to see where they hang out. We stopped at a grocery store and picked up a few items (mostly pickled vegetables and jam). My back started grumbling, so I went back to the car to take some meds while TBG finished up. While waiting for him, I noticed that there was a road that went along the coast. When we came out, I suggested we follow Little Lake and so that’s what we did. We had a great time climbing (cautiously) over and around the paths in the rocks. We sat for a long time just looking at the waves. It was so incredibly relaxing. I think I could live by the ocean and never tire of that sound.
However, it was time to move on (i.e. I needed a restroom), so we climbed back out and to the car, then drove to the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. I wasn’t keen when I saw the sign that it was ¾ of a mile walk in, but then we noticed there was a sign for disabled parking. That road took us to within about 500 yards of the lighthouse. Much better as I knew we were also going to tackle the Botanical Gardens. The lighthouse has long since been automated, but you can rent one of the structure (assistant lighthouse keeper’s house) or stay at a B&B (lighthouse keeper’s house). Downstairs there is a museum, but alas, we were too early for it to be open. It was still nice to look around and enjoy the sun (and use the bathroom).
Next we were off to the Botanical Gardens. While it lacked the blooms that it has during the summer, it also lacked the crowds, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. It was fun to wander the paths and see what was blooming. It made TBG sad that the dahlias weren’t growing, but he knew that going in. By now, most of the marine layer had burned off and the day was warming up. It was so nice, in fact, that we went to a nearby Subway, got some sandwiches and came back to the gardens (your ticket gives you in/out privileges. There were several tables and we had more than a few people ask us where the sub place was. Sadly, the on-site restaurant was closed until April. I did a little shopping, even bought TBG a tee shirt with mushrooms on it (his concentration in his degree was fungi).
We were both more than a little tired from our morning, so we headed back to the hotel for a bit of a rest before heading out again… except that we never ended up heading out. We spent the afternoon relaxing. The bar (The Rough Bar) had a band playing, so we listened to that, read, enjoyed the sun, and just had a nice quiet evening, at least until around five when we decided it was time to get dressed and go hunt down some dinner.
Our last restaurant was Mayan Fusion and was I glad we tried it. We started with grilled white corn (lime, butter, salt, cayenne pepper, cheese) as an app and then we both had the crab bisque. I had cochinita (pulled pork with Mayan spices, cilantro, lime, black rice and lime rice). TBG had the house recommended surf and turf (New York strip steak and skewers of grilled prawns, all drizzled with a house made Mayan gravy. It was pretty kick ass.) For dessert, I had some flan and he had Mayan chocolate ice cream. It had way too much cinnamon for my likes and even a taste was nearly too much for me.
We came back to the room and TBG started a fire as it was very nippy out. We read and he talked with our friends, just back after a month and a half in Australia and New Zealand. I can’t wait to see their photos. TBG find something to watch on TV while I read until I finally conked out.
It’s been a lovely stay and we had fun, but I’m ready to head home now. Best of all is that I have tomorrow off, so there won’t be the driving need to get everything done this afternoon. We plan to stop at the grocery store and pick up enough for at least dinner tonight and deal with everything else tomorrow. That works for me. Thanks for coming along!