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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.


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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.

Star Party – Total Lunar Eclipse
Monday, February 18th, 2008

Full Lunar Eclipse picture by Carolyne CatheyOn Wednesday, February 20, a total lunar eclipse will be visible along the Coast (barring heavy fog, that is.) An eclipse of the Moon takes place at Full Moon, when the Moon passes through some portion of Earth’s shadow. The color and brightness between eclipses can vary considerably, but most probably it will take on a vivid red or orange color (see the accompanying photo by Carolyne Cathey of MAPA). In recent years, there have been reports of cyan-colored flashes (caused by ozone in the earth’s atmosphere).

The eclipse will last a total of 3 1/2 hours, with some part of it taking place before the moon appears on the horizon. The total eclipse will occur at 7 pm. The Ford House Visitor Center hosts another Star Party, where visitors can borrow telescopes and talk with local experts. MAPA, the Ford House staff, CA State Parks, and Out of This World are co-hosting. Clouds or high winds will cancel: call 707-937-3335 or 707-937-5397.


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.

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 .


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.

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.

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