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Gardens and More
Monday, July 30th, 2007

Gilmour and Peet love going to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens!One of my favorite places to visit is the Mendocino Coast Botancial Gardens. You’re surrounded by beauty regardless of the time of year. The gardens is dog-friendly, so it’s a perfect place to walk my dogs, Gilmour and Peet.

This Saturday, (August 4) you can join the docent-led Summer Bloom Walk; the current summer highlights are Begonias and Fuchsias. Or you can join storytellers as they spin their tales at the Meadowlawn Stage – be sure to bring a blanket and a picnic lunch. Also on Saturday the Audubon Society is leading a beginning birding walk. The Gardens provides a habitat for over 100 species of birds.

If you haven’t visited the Gardens in a while, don’t let another weekend pass by. I hope to see you on Saturday. Look for the couple being led by the two black poodles!


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.

Seal Pupping Season Begins at MacKerricher SP
Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Harbor Seals on the rocksFrom now until the middle of May, visitors to MacKerricher State Park will find a barrier cable and signs east of the harbor seal rookery. Seals give birth on an open beach, and the newborn pups are extremely sensitive to intrusions — especially by dogs. It’s fine to observe the seals from the bluffs overlooking the beach, but don’t bring your dog. This is a great time to see the harbor seals. As the pups get a little older, you can watch the mothers coax the pups into the water for their first swimming lessons.

Coastal bluffs north of MacKerricher SPDuring pupping season, the males hang out elsewhere in the area. Last Sunday, we drove north along the coast north of MacKerricher and Ten Mile Beach. We stopped at the vista point at mile marker 74.09 on Highway One. This is a lovely spot with some wetlands areas on the headlands, leading down to the ocean. We saw a number of harbor seals down on the rocks, and we’re guessing they were males.

Peet the Monster Dog!This was also the driving trip where I discovered that Peet, my 9-month-old puppy, gets car sick. After he threw up twice in 25 miles, we headed back home — where Peet moped around the rest of the day. Gonna have to toughen that puppy up! 🙂


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 Botanical Gardens on the Via Cover
Sunday, April 8th, 2007

Rhododendron at the Mendocino Coast Botanical GardensCongratulations to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens for making the cover of the latest issue (March-April 2007) of Via Magazine, published by the Northern California AAA group. The article talks about 10 Western botanical gardens that are devoted to preserving indigenous plants, and it’s auspicious company — including the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii, and the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park. Beautiful places all, and it’s nice to see our local garden get recognition. The gardens here have a superb collection of rhododendrons, some of which are 20 feet tall.


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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