It’s why we like Mendocino so much…

The small town of Mendocino sits on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean on the Northern California coast. Getting there means driving along roads that wind through rolling hills and cut through Redwood forests. The breezes wash the coastal areas with soft salty air. The weather patterns mimic those of San Francisco: usually foggy and cold, especially in the summer time, but are always able to change quickly from mist to sun and back again. I lived in Mendocino during the early 1970’s and it was a favorite get-a-way place for the twenty years I lived in the Napa Valley during the 1980-90s.

My son Kyle, has “his” cove that sits just to the South of Mendocino. It’s a wide sandy beach and full of ocean-sculpted driftwood. It can be accessed only by a steep set of sand covered wooden stairs.  It was a favorite place to let Fraser, our Australian Shepherd named for our Clan, run (constantly herding all the other dogs on the beach).

“My” cove sits to the West, across the Headlands from the town.  Fully covered in sea rocks, it requires a steep climb down narrow paths cut through the packed sand of the cliffs. Once down to the shore’s edge, away from the wind, it’s quiet and peaceful, and usually hidden from the rest of the world by the surrounding fog.

I have a poster-sized photograph that I took to enter in to a competition that’s titled “Mendocino Mist”.  I took it while standing in the rain looking South across the water and the bridge as I stood just off Main Street. We used to love walking around the town in the misty rain and then finding a fire to warm ourselves.

Kyle and I flew in to Glasgow on our first trip to Scotland. As we drove out through the soft rain, winding on forested country roads toward Largs and the farm where we would spend our first night, Kyle said, “I know why we both love Mendocino so much….it’s cellular memory.”

I got tears in my eyes at the realization of it.  I think he did, too, because all I heard for the next few minutes was the swishing of the windshield wipers.

About Kate Cowie Riley

Kate writes two blogs currently: "Weaving the Magic Thread ~ the texture of my life", a collection of auto-biographical essays; and "Scottish Heart", where she shares her love of Scotland and the trips through Scotland that she both plans and guides. She is also Copy Editor and Lead Contributor Emerita for "Celtic Family Magazine". Kate retired in 2013 from nearly 40 years in Private Practice as a Somatic Psychotherapist & Bodyworker, Massage Therapy Instructor, Sivananda Yoga Teacher, Spa Director, and Consultant, who also wrote & taught about Eco-sustainability and WellBalance. Her professional blog, "The Riley School of Integrated Somatic Bodywork" is also retired. All of Kate's blogs are copyright by Kate Cowie Riley; all photos are copyright Kate Cowie Riley, unless otherwise stated. All photos and text or part thereof are not to be used for commercial purposes or without written permission from the author. All photos must be used in their original form, no addition or alteration are allowed. Any advertisements that are seen on the Wordpress sites are in no way supported by Kate Riley.
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