My youngest sister Rachel visited me, here in CA, in February. We hadn’t time together, just us two, in years. Rachel was 6+ months preggers. She’s the lovely little Lillian’s mom.
Rachel prepared a delicious Valentines dinner. We did some local sightseeing and took a little road trip up the Mendocino Coast.
The Mendo Coast’s a favorite destination of mine. Depending on the time of the year/location one chooses there are empty, rugged beaches and miles of trails to be enjoyed.
Especially green and lush in the (rainy) winter, I look forward to fog-shrouded days such as we had on Glass Beach.
Rachel had this destination picked out. In Fort Bragg, a former garbage dump occupied primo real estate on city-edge bluff top above the ocean. Closed in 1967, it now belongs to the State Parks.
A favorite tourist destination, pretty beaches offer unique beach-combing.
Glass. Loads of glass. Decades of waves act as a tumbler, leaving rounded bits of glass strewn about.
Please Note: Collecting of glass on this beach is prohibited. Please leave for others to enjoy.
Rachel and I stayed at the Jug handle Creek Farm and Nature Center. An old farmhouse, they have rooms (private and dorm) to let for reasonable rates. I think it was $40 each per night? Quirky and old, a well-stocked kitchen allows preparation of meals. the living room has a wood stove we enjoyed for hours that night, I with knitting in my lap and Rachel with embroidery.
Such a pretty home:
A photo of a photo of the home as a working farm:
The rooms are simple and pleasantly plain with antique furnishings. No central heat, the stove heats the house. Snug under layers of quilts, I (a chilly sleeper) was warm as could be.
Out back a greenhouse and lovely yard held clues to gardens galore.
Native plants filled the greenhouse:
I enjoyed Rachel and I’s quality time. Glad to have it. Once Lillian (baby whats’it at that time) arrived I knew her life would get very busy. Was glad to share this little slice of heaven with her.