When the first MAJOR rain event in California decided to arrive the same weekend we were planning to go camping, a woodland cottage seemed like the smart alternative. Our little cottage was nestled in the redwood forest near Mendocino, CA (northern coast). With electronic devices banned for the weekend (except the camera :), we learned some new board games, played a few old favorites, and brought the most waterproof clothing we could find. The kids were more than happy to tromp around outside (with all their gear on - good thing the cottage had a dryer because everything was WET!). We also headed to one of the beaches, explored the local campgrounds (for future reference :-), and discovered Gray Whales.
|VanDamme Beach in search of abalone shells. Gracie found a few "pieces", but we were all excited to see a few sea lions watching us.|
|Break in the rain on the Mendocino Headlands|
|No. That's not her bed.|
|Looking for Gray Whale spouts with our docent, Fran. And sure enough, thanks to Jason's eagle eyes, we saw one spout! It was amazing! We also saw lots of resident Harbor Seals.|
|Adolescent Gray Whale Skeleton at MacKerricher State Park|
|"Inside Smores": thank you microwave!|
|Emmett insisted I take a picture of this statue in the cottage - it reminded him of the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland|