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Skunk Train Rides Again
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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.


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.

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

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.


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.

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

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 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.

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

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.


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.

Mendocino Coast Heritage Days
Thursday, May 1st, 2008

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)


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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