In May of this year (2017) I made a fun road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway. On the first day of two, I was deeply entrenched in the Central Coast of California. I had started the day in San Francisco and drove three hours north. I started exploring just south of Fort Bragg, CA. After a nice morning hike at the Russian Gulch State Park (blog post coming soon), I made my way south, enjoying the views along Highway 1.
Inevitably I grew hungry and decided to make a short stop for a snack. I found myself near the small town of Mendocino, California. When I say small town, I mean less than 1000 people. It was wonderfully quaint. I don't think about retirement too much, but the small town charm of Mendocino gave me visions, "What would it be like to just get a little house here and..." I spent a few moments capturing some of the roadside details before heading over to its cliffside bluffs and experiencing the views of the Pacific/Mendocino Bay:
Afterward, I was back on the road heading south down Highway 1, and captured a few more great roadside views. A few highlights were, the rock island at Van Damme Beach, a small deer climbing the bluffs, a short bridge crossing the Navarro River, and for a finale, cattle grazing: