Traveling south to the Mendocino Coast – Days 6, 7 and 8

The final day of my stay at the tiny house was spent with a walk along the coast south. After a quick breakfast I headed out for the 3.9 mile walk I would take today on this sunny but very blustery day. The wind was blowing from the ocean sending the spray of the waves up the bluff face onto the highlands where I was walking.

This rough coastline causes my mind to wander back to the days of the small wooden sailing ships plying the coast. The sailors relying on only the rough crude maps, compasses and shear luck fighting fog, harsh weather, winds, and the powerful ocean currents exploring the coasts for suitable anchorages and calm protected harbors.

Through the day my walk consisted of a changing weather from sunny, windy and cold to overcast, windy and colder temperatures. Late into my walk the overcast gave way to intermittent showers as I walked back to my tiny house.

Packing up my belongings I was to leave in the morning for a 2 day excursion along the coasts of California and Oregon. I was sad to leave this wonderful room and area. I will be back for additional stays here to explore more of the area, north and south of Point Arena.

Leaving early in the morning I experienced rain on and off all morning until I left the Coast Road to head inland to Highway 101. A pleasant drive for the rest of the afternoon I arrived at my first stop for the night in Coos Bay, Oregon and enjoyed a cozy night in an Air B&B named the Itty Bitty Inn.

This wonderful old Roadside Inn was built in 1950 and consisted of only 5 rooms, each with it’s own signature decoration. I loved the room I was in, a very comfy old style design named the Folk Americana Room. Other rooms are themed as The Star Trek – Enterprise Room, The Tiki Cha Cha Room, The Tiki Lounge Room and finally That ’70’s Room. This is a very kitzy place and a place I will stay again if it is available. Friendly people run this outstanding Roadside Inn and are trying to preserve this American treasure, I so support that.

The next day I awoke and left to continue north and my lunch stop at Tillamook Creamery. Visit the Viewing Deck, take the tour, explore the farm exhibit, eat at the Dining Hall and shop for food and gifts in the gift store. This is a Co-Op that has been providing dairy products for 110 years that is owned by the farmers. I enjoy their cheeses and ice cream so for lunch I had the Tillamook Cheeseburger. Consisting of a 6 oz beef patty, house made pimento cheese (Tillamook Monterey Jack, Smoked Cheddar, Pepper Jack, and Cream Cheese), shaved iceberg lettuce, Mama Lil’s Peppers, and special burger sauce on a brioche bun along with a chocolate milk shake.

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Oh my, I was very filled and happy for the rest of my drive north to Astoria, Oregon and along the Columbia River back home later that afternoon.

Traveling south to the Mendocino Coast – Day 5

Got up and left early this morning to head south toward Sea Ranch, CA about a 45 minute drive from my Tiny House. It’s not raining so I will take advantage of the dry weather as much as possible.

Stopping at Bowling Ball Beach I take the short walk down to the water to view this interesting formation. Sadly the tide was up and the waves were crashing on the point you needed to get around to see this site. Not wanting to get swamped by a wave I decided to forgo the view and save it for another time.

At Sea Ranch I follow a Coastal Path to the ocean and walk along the bluff to enjoy the crashing waves below. Beach access has been roped off due to high tides and rouge waves so I enjoyed the view from above. I remember back in the 1970’s when Sea Ranch was getting started as a community and it had some wonderful alternative architecture in the area. The location I was at, sadly had many pretty tacky large modern style homes with a few nicely designed coastal homes mixed among them.

A short drive south brought me to the Sea Ranch Chapel. Completed in 1985 this non-denominational chapel used for prayer and meditation was designed by James Hubbell an artist and architectural designer using his creative talents at using local natural materials along with gifted local contractors, craftsmen and artisans to build this free flowing structure that appears to reach skyward while blending in with the surrounding countryside. Gifted by Robert and Betty Buffum, the grounds surrounding as well as the structure are open to the public 365 days a year.

Light rain is starting to come down but will not stop me from visiting Port Arena, CA to walk out the short pier and around the town to see the town so close to my rental. It is a nice town although being the off season many stores were sadly closed. I had heard there was free internet in the Public Library so I went in to dry off and check my e-mails that I have ignore for a few days.

Heading back to the Tiny House I decide to close out the day with a walk out to the headlands by my place. Sadly halfway out, the rains started again and increased in intensity. Getting back to the room, I was wet but happy. About 10 minutes after I returned the heavens opened up in a rain storm that continued late into the evening. At my place I changed into dry, warm, comfortable clothes for he evening, made dinner lit the fire and again sat reading for the evening listening to the rain coming down on the roof. So peaceful.