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Skunk Train Rides Again
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 by nancy

Skunk TrainThe Skunk Train 2009 Season is officially underway! As our scenic train departs Fort Bragg depot, you will be treated to views of the Pudding Creek estuary. Then, quietly slipping into Tunnel #1, and emerge into the Noyo River canyon and the river you will cross over for the balance of your journey to Northspur. Traveling at the base of the canyon, you will find you’re constantly looking up to see the tops of redwoods. Fort Bragg. 4-hour round trip $47 per adult and $22 per child. Call for availability and times at 866-457-5865.
Foot of Laurel Street, Fort Bragg, 800-866-1690. Open 8 am – 8 pm 7 days.


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Fun on the Skunk Train
Monday, June 30th, 2008 by nancy

If you haven’t been on the Skunk Train, or if it’s been awhile, now is a perfect opportunity. The Skunk Train is now offering Mendocino County residents discounted fares. On Wednesdays and Sundays, the half-day trip to Northspur is discounted. On Wednesdays, locals can ride the BBQ train for $39 per adult and $19 per child (regularly $65 & $35). Beginning in the 1880s, California Western (the train’s official name) was constructed to haul timber from the forest to the sea. Over the next 30 years, the train continued expanding to match the demands for goods and transportation. Steam passenger service was started in 1904. Finally, in December 1911, the train completed its first excursion carrying 150 passengers into the Willits depot. Steam power was discontinued in 1925 when the self-powered, yellow “Skunk” rail cars were inaugurated. The little trains were quickly nicknamed for their original gas engines, which prompted folks to say, “You can smell ‘em before you can see ‘em.” So, if you’re on the Coast to escape the smoke or a first-time visitor, this is a must-do attraction. It is not often that we get to relive a childhood experience, so don’t miss this one. To obtain additional information, call 707-964-6371.


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1812 Tall Ship Lynx at Point Cabrillo Light Station for Publicity
Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 by dff

centennial-photo2.jpgThe 122-foot square topsail schooner Lynx, an interpretation of a privateer or naval schooner from the War of 1812, was at Point Cabrillo Light Station this week posing for publicity photos. Accompanied by a 47-foot motor life boat from the U.S. Coast Guard Noyo Station in Fort Bragg, the Lynx crew manuevered on calm seas back in forth behind the lighthouse May 28 for a half dozen photographers taking photos to be used to promote Point Cabrillo’s centennial planned for 2009. The Lynx is fitted with period ordnance and flies pennants and flags from the 1812 era making her one of the first ships to defend our freedom. Her crew wears period uniforms and operate the ship in keeping with the maritime traditions of early 19th Century America.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 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.

Point Cabrillo Gets (Keeps) Old Name
Friday, May 16th, 2008 by dff

The California State Park and Recreation Commission today voted to approve “Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park” as the park’s new official name. The vote was unanimous after the commission visited the light station and heard impassioned pleas from a wide range of supporters to keep “Light Station” in the name despite a park staff recommendation to leave it out. Mendocino County Supervisor Kendall Smith appeared in support as did representatives for Congressman Mike Thompson and State Senator Wes Chesbro. Point Cabrillo Light Station draws nearly 100,000 visitors a year, many of whom stay and eat in Fort Bragg.


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Mendocino Coast Heritage Days
Thursday, May 1st, 2008 by nancy

Mendocino Coast Heritage Days begins on Friday, May 2, with fun and unique activities for the whole family. In its 5th year, the 2008 celebration will feature a series of living history reenactments, 19th century and Native American games, museum exhibits, heritage roses and historic walking tours. Annual favorites include the moonlight cemetery tour and the heritage walking tour. The Temple of Kwan Tai will be open to the public on both weekends, and the historic walking tours include an inside look at the Masonic Temple. Talks by experts in preservation and archaeology will give us a different perspective on our local surroundings. Living History Day will have ice cream and butter making, lumberjack demonstrations, the fire pumper, and – new this year – Wells Fargo Stagecoach rides. Many events are free.

Here is a printable (PDF) schedule of events. These pictures are from previous Heritage Days events.

Actors and crowd at Full Moon Cemetery Tour

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Actors and crowd at Full Moon Cemetery Tour
Demonstration of Speed Chopping
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Demonstration of Speed Chopping
Statue on Masonic Temple Carved from a Single Block of Redwood
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Statue on Masonic Temple Carved from a Single Block of Redwood
Pomo Dancers from Point Arena Rancheria
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Pomo Dancers from Point Arena Rancheria
The Lighthouse at Point Cabrillo
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The Lighthouse at Point Cabrillo
Third-Order Fresnel Lens at Point Cabrillo
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Third-Order Fresnel Lens at Point Cabrillo
The Business End of the Hand-Pumped Fire Engine
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The Business End of the Hand-Pumped Fire Engine
Fireman Barry Cusick Leads Volunteers on the Hand-Pumped Fire Engine
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Fireman Barry Cusick Leads the Volunteers on the Hand-Pumped Fire Engine
Jerome Ford Arrives in Mendocino (Reenactment)
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Jerome Ford Arrives in Mendocino (Reenactment)


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Frolic Shipwreck Cannon Returning to Point Cabrillo Soon
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 by dff

One of the Gold Rush Era Shipwreck Frolic cannon’s may be back in Mendocino for the 2008 Mendocino and Fort Bragg Whale Festivals.

John W. Foster, Manager, Archaeology and History, Archaeology, History & Museums Division, California State Parks, reports: “the cannon is out of electrolytic treatment. Don Keith recently provided the new processed chemical coating treatment which is the final step before controlled humidity display. This is the same final treatment used on the conservation treatment for 1554 Padre Island shipwreck materials. So, it needs to be coated and then put into a controlled environment so the sealant is protected, which keeps moisture out of the artifact. Charlie hopes to bring or ship with the March 15 event at Ft. Ross. He also has the Frolic ceramics in acid free boxes ready for delivery.” For the past few years the cannon has been in the midwest going through preservation process. When it returns it will be on display inside the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 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 by nancy

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 CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 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.

Let the Bidding Begin
Wednesday, October 10th, 2007 by nancy

This weekend’s “don’t miss” is the Kelley House Museum 28th Annual Auction. With hundreds of items, there’s something for everyone – fine wines, gift certificates, antiques, new and used merchandise, collectibles, dolls, pottery, plants – the list goes on and on. There’s a “cash & carry” section where you can pick up useful household items, or participate in the silent auction where there are hidden treasures down every row. The kick-off is Friday’s Preview Party from 6-8 p.m. with appetizers by local restaurants, wine and music by Camenae for a $10 admission. Bidding continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. All events are at Crown Hall in Mendocion. See you there!


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 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.

Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Win Two Preservation Awards
Tuesday, September 25th, 2007 by dff

pclk-before.jpglh-inn-after.JPGAt the annual Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association (PCLK) volunteer barbecue this past weekend, Executive Director Jim Kimbrell made the surprise announcement that PCLK had won two preservation awards for the restoration of the Point Cabrillo Light Station. Above, right, is the restored Head Lightkeeper’s Residence–now the Lighthouse Inn at Point Cabrillo.

The first award was from the California Preservation Foundation, and the award was presented to the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association and California Department of Parks and Recreations – 2007 State Preservation Design Award for the Design and Preservation of the Point Cabrillo Light Station.

The second award is the Governor’s Historic Preservation Award for 2007 presented to the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association and California State Parks for the rehabilitation of the Point Cabrillo Lightkeeper’s Residences.

I’m proud to say I was a PCLK Board member during the restoration of seven of nine buildings — the ninth is currently under renovation. Kudos go to Kimbrell who directed the project and to Tony Scramaglia, the contractor and his crew who performed the work. My fellow PCLK Board members Harold Hauck, Ron Eich, Tanya Smart, Bruce Rogerson, Diana Stewart and Ginny Rorby were guiding lights as well.

If you haven’t been out to this restored 1909 lighthouse and light station, don’t miss it on your next visit.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 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.

Local History at Kelley House Museum: the MacKericher Family
Saturday, September 22nd, 2007 by dff

If you’re looking to learn more about the history of the Mendocino Coast, there is a presentation at the Kelley House Museum in Mendocino on Sunday Sept 22 at 3 pm. Faith Graham, the great-granddaughter of Duncan MacKericher, will be talking about the family history, and how their ranch became MacKerricher State Park (inexplicably picking up another “r” in the process). Duncan MacKericher and his family left Quebec during the Civil War, and made their way to Panama, and thence to San Francisco and Mendocino in 1864.  Duncan worked in the local mill for several years, and then began working on the Pomo Indian reservation at Ten Mile (north of Fort Bragg). When the Pomos were forceably removed to Round Valley, the MacKerichers stayed. They bought Rancho de la Laguna, and half the Pomos from the reservation were able to stay and work on the ranch. They sold their butter in San Francisco, and used the money to help the Pomos.

Faith will share stories about her ancestors, including how their ranch became a state park. MacKerricher State Park is one of the top 100 state parks in the U.S. in terms of annual attendance, drawing over 2 million visitors a year.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 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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