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Hitting the Coast

With most of the national forests in the Sierra closed, we opted to spend a few free days up in the North Coast of California--Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. It was a relaxed trip--just car camping and short hikes. No backpacking. No long hikes. Just strolls along the trails on the cliffs...

We had a lovely visit to the Mendocino Botanical Gardens, the Casper Point Lighthouse, And walks on the beach at sunset

The weather cooperated, mainly, with the usual sunny days of fall. Spring and summer can be really foggy here. Plus, redwoods at Hendy Woods State Park

And In addition to spectacular scenery, we stopped in the Anderson Valley on the way home for some delicious heirloom apples and great local wines.

A pretty nice way to spend three or four days...

By the way, this is the time to visit this part of the coast, and everybody knows it. Campgrounds were full, and if you want to do this, we'd recommend making reservations well in advance. We didn't, and found places to say, but still...

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