Monday, June 27, 2011

the mendocino coast

We had a leisurely morning today with a walk down the street to two of my favorite shops - Trader Joe's and Cost Plus World Market. I love browsing these stores and finding sweet treats and fun things that you can't find elsewhere. We got some neat magnetic games at Cost Plus and some yummy dark chocolate peanut butter cups from Trader Joe's (they came highly recommended!) After a quick stop at a huge toy store on the way back to the RV park, we were on our way. We drove up Hwy 1 along the gorgeous Northern California coast to Mendocino. It was a long, winding drive but so scenic! I love all the little tiny villages and towns tucked away along the coast.

Midway up the coast we needed a break from driving so we stopped at Manchester State Park and had an awesome time on the beach.

We were all jumping off a big sand ledge and when it was Bella's turn, she launched off but rather than stopping she kept on running, gathering far too much speed for her little legs. It wasn't a happy ending! She did the biggest face plant I've ever seen! Face in the sand, legs and hips in the air.... she got up with a mouth full of sand, one eye covered in sand, sand up her nose.... oh my.... she was not a happy girl. But we got her cleaned up and enjoyed the rest of our time there.

                                     Can you tell how fast she's going?!?!  Trouble ahead!

     We put an offer on a little beach shack... it's a bit of a fixer-upper but the location is fabulous!!! What do you think?!

           Looking forward to more exploring tomorrow!


  1. Your fixer-upper certainly has the market cornered on an ocean view! Truly gorgeous.
    Happy exploring... looking forward to hearing all about it.

  2. Eeep, the dark chocolate peanut butter cups from TJ's!! They should come with a "danger" warning. How does one manage to have an open container of those on hand without constantly going back for "just one more"? Is your container empty yet? ;-)

    I'm seriously considering a trip across the border in part to go to Trader Joe's. My SIL mentioned that she thinks they are opening one in Vancouver. Yay!