Archive for December, 2007

Taylor Lockwood’s “Chasing the Rain” Show January 3
Sunday, December 30th, 2007

By Marilyn Boese, Mendocino Area Parks Association, 707 937 4700

Russian Gulch Recreation Hall in Mendocino will be the site for Taylor Lockwood’s only coastal showing of his new program, “Chasing the Rain” on January 3. Astonishing photographs and a globe spanning narrative will bring the world of mushrooms to life as you’ve never seen it before. This completely new show features Taylor’s far flung discoveries in the kingdom of fungi as he has traveled the world in pursuit of the “world’s most beautiful mushrooms”. You simply have to see the show to believe it. The show begins at 7:00PM.

Aseroe (photo by Taylor Lockwood)

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Aseroe (photo by Taylor Lockwood)
Taylor Lockwood is captivated by mushrooms and has brought world wide attention to their variety and beauty. But his is a Mendocino story. Having moved into our cool moist woods, he found mushrooms virtually at his door, and rushed to Fort Bragg to buy a camera. The rest is history, as he has now published his second book on mushrooms, the well received “Chasing the Rain”.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $2.50 for children 12 and under. The digital slide show will be shown in its entirety and mushroom items and books will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served. Entrance into Russian Gulch State Park is included in the price of admission. Taylor Lockwood’s presentation is a fundraiser for MacKerricher State Park educational programs and the Mendocino Area Parks Association.

For ticket purchase contact MAPA at (707) 937-4700 or email to mapa@mendoparks.org .


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Of Tundra Swans, Waterfalls, and Organic Cows
Monday, December 24th, 2007

Point Arena Lighthouse

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Point Arena Lighthouse
Lone Tundra Swan
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Lone Tundra Swan
A couple of days ago, I went down to Point Arena with Bruce because I heard that the tundra swans had returned to their local resting spot during migration. When we got down to the Garcia River, I was hoping I would see dozens of swans as I had in the past. On the south side of the river, there’s a huge green wetland that the tundra swans love. On Friday, though, there was only a single swan. Bruce thought he saw some off in the distance on the north side of the river, so we decided to return after visiting the Stornetta Preserve to see the waterfall after recent rains. It’s an easy mile-long walk out to the waterfall.

Stornetta Waterfall

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Stornetta Waterfall
Stornetta Waterfall Obscured by A Wave
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Stornetta Waterfall Obscured by A Wave
Stornetta Waterfall Obscured by A Wave
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Stornetta Waterfall Obscured by A Wave
Point Arena Lighthouse from the Stornetta Waterfall
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Point Arena Lighthouse from the Stornetta Waterfall

There was certainly more water coming off the waterfall than in the summer, but the real story was the ocean. The waves were at times quite large — large enough for the spray to obscure the waterfall! Unlike the last time we went down there, it was a sunny day, and we could see the Point Arena Lighthouse in the distance to the north.

Tundra Swans in the Field

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Tundra Swans in the Field
Tundra Swans are Very Skittish!
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Tundra Swans are Very Skittish!
More Tundra Swans on the Ground
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More Tundra Swans on the Ground
Dairy Cows at Stornetta Dairy
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Dairy Cows at Stornetta Dairy

After we headed back to the Garcia River wetlands, we went off on a side road on the north side of the river — but just around the bend, it was marked as Private Property. A man came along in a pickup as we were starting to turn around, and we asked if we could go in and take some pictures of the swans. He said it wasn’t his land, so we couldn’t get out there. But he urged us to follow him, and he took off. A couple of miles up the highway, he turned off on a dirt road towards the ocean. In a short while, we were entering the Clover Dairy — not only the sole dairy in the county, it’s also the only organic dairy in the county. He told us to join him in his truck, and he took us out a short distance to where the swans were hanging out in the fields. He introduced himself as Walt Stornetta, the owner of the dairy. He has about 400 cows on 550 acres of land. Each cow produces on average 67 pounds of milk — about 8 gallons a day. I felt really lucky to run into him like we did, and that he was so generous with his time.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Whale Migration has Started Along the Mendocino Coast!
Monday, December 17th, 2007

Every year, over 20,000 California Gray Whales make their way south from Alaska and the Bering Sea down to their breeding grounds in Baja California. After a brief respite in Baja where the babies are born, the whales return back to their northern territory. The Mendocino Coast provides excellent opportunities to see the whales without all the crowds around, starting at the end of December and continuing into April. If you have ever been to Point Reyes when the whales are going by, it’s hard to park anywhere near the ocean because of all the watchers. That’s not a problem up here!

We’ve seen the first whales already, and we’re starting a new feature from Captain Tim at All Aboard Adventures: the whalewatching report.

A whale tailThere are 3 ways to see the whales: watching from the shore, going out on a whalewatching excursion from Noyo Harbor, or going on a plane flight. Some great places to see whales from the shore are: Mendocino Headlands; Chapman Point / Spring Ranch; Point Cabrillo; Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens; Noyo Bluffs; MacKerricher State Park.

The other way to see the whales is to go out on a boat. You’ll find a number of excursion boats that will get you up close and personal (not really — they are required to keep a decent distance from the whales). But you are incredibly close, and you’ll take pictures that amaze everybody else afterwards! Some of the excursion boats are: All Aboard Adventures; Adventures Unlimited; Noyo Fishing Center (Rumblefish and Tigerfish); Lady Irma II; Telstar Charters; Fort Bragg Sportfishing.

The third way to see the whales is to go for a flight with Coast Flyers, who fly out of the Little River Airport.

If you want to know more about the whales, MacKerricher State Park Visitor Center has a Gray Whale & Marine Mammal Program. MacKerricher Docents lead interesting talks and watches about Gray Whales and marine mammals on Saturday and Sunday mornings, January through March. Meet at the MacKerricher Visitor Center, then after a brief program, caravan to Laguna Point deck to watch for whales and other sea life through spotting scopes and binoculars. Call 707-964-8898 for the schedule.

Check out this page for more information about whales, including contact info for the businesses that will take you out on whalewatching excursions.

Whalewatching Report from Captain Tim, All Aboard Adventures
December 14, 2007

We spotted a pod of four whales heading for their winter home while fishing for crabs about a mile off MacKerricher State Park between Pudding Creek and Cleone. Weather was cool and sunny.

All Aboard offers public crab fishing adventures: trips accommodate up to 20 people, but will go out with as few as four. $75/person. Whale Watching for up to two hours for $35/person.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Model Train Show
Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Train Layout at the Botanical Gardens

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Train Layout at the Botanical Gardens
Everyone loves a train, and I’m no exception. My father has a 1940’s Lionel model train, and every year we would put it up around the Christmas tree. There was never much room, but, as children, we were delighted when it would round the corner, toot the horn and go through the tunnel. It even had “smoke” coming from the steam engine. I had so many wonderful memories of those times that I later bought my husband the same train. If you, too, have a fondness for trains, you’re in for a treat. Because this year, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is hosting a Seasonal Model Train Show from December 15-24. The show will include trains and layouts of many scales with many themes. There will be a large (22′ x 17′) layout based on scenes from the Skunk Train (CWR) as it was between 1915 and 1930, one of Fort Bragg with the holiday lighted truck parade, and even one in a pizza box! Fun for kids from 3 to 93! Free with Gardens admission. 9 am to 4 pm – Gardens Deck and Lath House. For more information, contact Store Manager Cynthia Lambie at 707-964-4352 ext 18.
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Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Mushroom Tasting Menu at Rendezvous
Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

The forests are full of mushrooms and local restaurent menus are taking advantage of the Mendocino Coast’s abundance. The Rendezvous Inn & Restaurant in Fort Bragg is offering a three-course wild mushroom tasting menu “Take a Walk on the Wild Side.” Local wines, available by the glass, are paired with each of the courses. The menu will be available nightly through the end of January. Kim Badenhop, 707-964-8142 for reservations.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

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