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Today, we visited the Van Damme State Park, the place we would have camped at if it was not for the weather forecast. We went hiking on the Fern Canyon trail, which was 3.5 miles one way, and another 3.5 miles back. The trail was probably longer, but we stopped at 3.5 miles. The trail was nice, but the only negative thing about it ...
... to sit outside in the beer garden out the back needs no reservation, you just have to order at the bar. They also had a pretty good selection of the local wines in the area so if you feel like skipping the quaffing queues…
We had heard the California was famous for its State Parks which allowed you to camp on the beach. A bit of research had suggested that Bodega Dunes might be a good spot to give that a go - ...
... priced motel in town (and it was still quite expensive!), and after calling them, they don’t have room for a family of five anyway. However, clicking on a "search in surrounding areas" button brings up a heap of accommodation in Fort Bragg – only another 15 minutes north, and it is also much cheaper. We find out later that Mendocino has become an exclusive “resort” town, so it was lucky we didn’t stop there ...
... the kids flying them wee
We started headed back toward Russian Gulch and
stopped off at Jughandle State Natural Reserve to enjoy more of the
sunshine. Nadxli and Jerry walked down to the beach, and Robert hiked
the Ecological Staircase Trail. Laura had a bit of quiet time in the
Back to the campground for our last night at Schooner Landing before heading back to get ourselves repacked for heading ...
... sea breeze but at the same time there are meadow flowers everywhere and greenery and mountains on the left. The light was really soft. The coast is rugged and rocky and the pacific ocean crashes against it. We drove for miles along this quiet, twisty bit of road enjoying the sea air and the spectacular views. Well worth driving north from San Francisco for!
We decided to leave the coast road to look for a sheltered campsite. We found one in the ...