The drive from Bodega Bay to Mendocino along Highway 1 twists and turns. We stopped at the Point Arena Wharf for our picnic lunch. We watched a boat being hoisted to its trailer. A sign recognized 15 Japanese young men who landed near this location August 13, 1913. Later, we discovered that this point is the closest location in the continental United States to Hawaii.

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

In Mendocino we stayed at the MacCallum House. We learned that Daisy Kelley MacCallum (1859-1953) was a collector of Pomo baskets. These native peoples harvested seals, otter, sea lions, shellfish, seaweed, and salt. Interestingly, Mendocino was the set for nine episodes (of 264) of the TV series Murder, She Wrote. And I naively believed “Cabot Cove” was in Maine. The wooden boardwalks, beautiful gardens, and unique water towers give the city a lot of character. Two miles north of town, we hiked to the Point Cabrillo lighthouse. It still uses a Fresnel lens. One of the restored Lightkeeper’s homes is a museum while two others and three remodeled storage buildings are available for rent. A deer crossed the path as we returned to where we parked our car. Mendocino. is an interesting place to visit.

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