Camping MendoStyle

The Mendocino Coast has an abundance of camping experiences. Camp among redwood giants; on a river bank; a secluded Pacific beach; under a bridge, or glamp in style surrounded by forest and woodlands. Camp with your horse. Work on a coastal farm. Have a luxury trailer delivered to your camp.

CHAPTER 2 – England, I’ll be there soon

Five months from now, I’ll be in England Hopefully, my body clock will adjust quickly. I’ll fly 11-hours non-stop, to reach my destination which is five hours ahead by the clock. Hummmmmm? Is this what jet lag’s all about? Arriving in London August 2nd, I’ll spend a couple days and evenings looking for rooftop locations…

Share Our Coast

We love to share our coast, especially in Fort Bragg California. Come visit the Mendocino Coast. Thanks for stopping by, MaryGo

Meet Steve…

Tucked into a corner of a seven-acre, blimp-hanger, Steve Schramm’s lifetime collection of WWII battle scenes is the newest exhibit at Tillamook Air Museum. A 20’x80’ space with three levels, is home to Steve’s mesmerizing collection.   Last spring, I spent five weeks in Oregon. I wandered, explored, photographed and tasted. I love Oregon and…

Eye to eye with giants…

Thank you, Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Packet, for publishing my story about B Bryan Preserve in Point Arena, California. Locals can take the day and go for an African safari near home. Visitors to the area – make the spectacular B Bryan Preserve one of your stops. Here is the text of the story in a bit…

Arena Cove

A hoist is necessary to launch a boat into Arena Cove… Boats are driven to the hoist on trailers. The hoist lifts them up, swings over the water and lowers the vessel. Reverse to take a boat out. I loved watching this precarious looking operation from the deck of the Chowder House. It was good…

Now that’s a bridge…

Albion River Bridge crosses Albion River on Mendocino Coast, carrying Hwy 1 on its back… Built in 1944, it’s the last remaining wooden bridge on California Hwy 1. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced between 2018 and 2021. Some folks don’t want to see it go. A campaign to place the wooden deck truss bridge on…

Which do you prefer…

Two vehicles passing on Hwy 1, Mendocino Coast. Which would you prefer for a tour? Thanks for stopping by, MaryGo

Along Hwy 1

Summertime often brings fog to the Mendocino Coast… Fog moving in along Hwy 1, between Navarro River and Elk California. Photographer: Mary Charlebois, MaryGo   When the temperatures soar in the valleys to the east of the Coastal Range, our temps drop and the Marine Layer moves to shore. Some days are an ever-changing coastal…

Walls Have Art II

Robots made from apartment buildings, Latino film stars, angels, cowboys, farm laborers, immigrants, religious icons, and much, much more. The walls of Balmy Alley, in San Francisco’s Mission, have art. Click above to see Walls Have Art II, my 2nd in a series of street art videos. This one-block residential thoroughfare has some of the…

Spring

Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love! — Sitting Bull The headlands along the coast are a cross between prairie and desert in this part of Northern Coastal California. The dry salt air and powerful…

Embarcadero, End 2 End

…my plan to record time lapse of the Saturday Farmers Market was cut short. A security guard told me I needed a permit… November, 2105 The ferry was crowded. Moms, dads, grandparents, gaggles of teenaged girls, couples and a few, like myself, solo travelers. Not the usual crowd you’d see at 9:30 am on Friday….

Villa Cipriani, la dolce vita Italiana

The hills between Venice and Treviso roll and turn like corkscrews. Serene and exhilarating at the same time; rolling hills, green valleys, villages and woodlands landscape the road to Asolo and the divine Hotel Villa Cipriani.   Click to see full story and photos

Marina? What Marina?

…Marina Boulevard enjoys Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island, Angel Island, Sausalito and Fort Mason as a backdrop. A soundtrack of lines pinging and clanking musically against the masts of sailing vessels blends with seagulls and songbirds. Marina District is a bit off the beaten path for some sightseers, but the vistas are worth the visit……

HappyHappyHappyHour

“Conversation and laughter. Glasses clinking, ice cubes tinkling, delightful aromas. Small plates of delectable bites being shared. It’s the time of day we move into evening, leaving our worries behind.”  –MaryGo Click to see full story and photos

A SUPER Market

Picnic HQ… Located on bustling Chestnut Street in San Francisco’s Marina District, Marina Supermarket presents an abundance of fresh, local; bread, fruit, veg, poultry, meat, dairy and so much more. A stellar selection of wine and spirits, a deli bursting with house made salads, entrees, desserts, sliced meats and sandwiches make this THE place to fill your picnic…

THE SAFEST ROUGH SPOT IN TOWN

Not rough or tough, no rowdy customers and no fights breaking out at Django’s Rough Bar Café… Hear Django’s music – See Django’s October 23, 2015, Django’s Rough Bar Café opened serving small plates, chowders, fresh seafood, cool salads and sandwiches served on house made bread. Owners Linda and Dusty Dillon have employed Odile Perkins…

Pink Pangea – My Newest Publisher

I’ve recently been accepted as a Feature Writer for Pink Pangea, a website for women that love & write about travel. Early in the morning of November 23, 2015 an email arrived with the subject line “You’re published on Pink Pangea”. My first piece with my new publisher was live online. What a thrill, what a…

The Walls Have Art

Everywhere you look – walls, doors, windows, fences, signs, electric panels, gas meters – everywhere, there is art. A September 2015 outing to the Santa Fe Art District, Denver Colorado, revealed a feast of art for my eyes and camera. Everywhere I looked there was art, especially the walls. Alleys, fences, doors and buildings are…

Yodeling Woman Trapped Under Street Grates With Chickens And Gorilla

They jump up, then look down. Jump up, look down. The most common of fixtures captures the attention of a small boy in fluorescent orange shorts, a stylish hipster couple holding hands, a baby boomer pair with cameras. They bend over to listen. They stomp their feet. They pass over or stand on one of…

Queen of the Nile – A Tale of Two Trips

Standing on the floating dock I realized this photo session would be a challenge. Things were already bobbing up and down and I wasn’t in a boat yet… TRIP ONE – Rowing with Dusty Standing on a floating dock in Dolphin Isle Marina , I realized immediately this photo session would be a challenge. Things were…

Occupy Nature

A quick video tour of the park The spectacular Noyo Headlands Park has opened its coastline in Fort Bragg, California. You may now occupy land that has been inaccessible to the public for over 100 years. It’s a magnificent way to see the rugged, wild coast, its many habitats, inhabitants and thought-provoking historical sites. Within…

Sneak Peek – My Rowing Trip

For the past three weeks I’ve been working on a piece about rowing in my hometown, Fort Bragg, California. Last Saturday and this past Thursday I was lucky enough to GO aboard a lifeboat powered by humans at the oar – 8 of them to be exact. I was the passenger and photographer. The photographs, videos,…

Bob Fest – The Perfect Excuse For A Mendo Getaway

The Mendocino coast is its own excuse for getting away. Mediterranean climate, pristine nature, wild Pacific coastline, an abundance of local, clean and organic food of all types, small friendly communities, accommodations from camping to five star – What more could you want?  Check out the Mendocino Coast. But just in case you need an…

Sky On Fire

On June 25, 2015, record setting heat colored the evening sky a blazing fire scape over Middletown, California. This amiable little town is situated 20 miles south of Clearlake, 17 miles north of Calistoga and 1 hour east of Highway 101. Map of the area. No matter how you approach, the scenery traveling to Middletown…

Poppies & Bees

One of my favorite places to GO is my garden just outside my front door. I hope you enjoy this tranquil garden moment. It’s only a minute, but represents 2.5 hours among California Poppies and coastal honey bees. Time lapse is so much fun. Dedicated to my Poppy, Nicole.