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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens In Fort Bragg, California

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The Mendocino Gardens are one of the most beautiful features of Fort Bragg -- second, of course, to the amazing Pacific Ocean.  They are a definite favorite of locals & visitors alike.   The Botanical Gardens were founded in 1961 and opened to the public in 1966. People travel for hundreds of miles to visit the amazing 47 acres of gardens, wetlands, and forests. The vast collection of plants includes hybrid rhododendrons that are over 40 years old along with thousands of perennials, heathers and other popular varieties. Visitors can walk down a number of trails of different intensity levels leading to beautiful gardens. One trail even takes strollers out to the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The park is wheelchair accessible, and benches are available throughout the gardens, providing the perfect place for a picnic or birdwatching. Over 150 species of birds can be found in the gardens. Thousands of people take time to enjoy the gardens each year.  Much of the care of the ga

Eating in Fort Bragg, California

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Of course, anyone who knows me well knows my favorite place to eat is Taco Bell- and second is Pizza Hut.  Fort Bragg has both of these, but there are several other good places to eat as well. Angelina's is your basic family restaurant. It is easily located on the main drag.  When I was living in Fort Bragg, I discovered they have karaoke .  No-- I did not participate but... I do not typically go in search of hot dogs when I want to eat out.  However, one day I was looking for a quick snack while running errands & found a hot dog to die for at Columbi's Market & Deli. If it's pizza you are after, there are two pizza houses that are always a good choice .  Bernillo's has really good pies But the best place in town is D'Arelios . It is a really popular place & is always packed. They have super cheesy pizza that is muy nummy. They also have pasta.  I tried their spaghetti.  It was ok. The lasagna wa

NOYO Headlands Park In Fort Bragg, California

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The area where Noyo Headlands Park is located was inaccessible to the general public for over a century.  Since December 2015, the scenic bluffs have been open to anyone who would like to hang out there.   In the past, it was part of an Indian reservation. It also served as the site for Georgia Pacific Mill for many years. The mill closed in 2002, and the area remained inaccessible. At the end of 2015, after long negotiations, the site was restructured and opened to nature lovers. The amazing recreational addition leads visitors down a paved trail of beauty with intriguing features. Waves continually crash up against the bluffs, where unique benches have been strategically placed. Near the beginning of the trail are found a historical cemetery and Skip's Punchbowl. It is a collapsed cave that now serves as an amazing tourist attraction.   Walkers, joggers, bikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts can climb a boulder to capture that perfect picture, sit on a whale-shaped b

MacKerricher State Recreational Area

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MacKerricher State Park is one of the most popular spots in Fort Bragg, California.  Day use is free and the park has two entrances.  One entrance will take you past the Purple Rose Mexican Restaurant to the beach & boardwalk.                    MacKerricher State Park is a highlight for visitors and residents alike. The beach and campground got its name from Duncan MacKerricher, who bought the 1,000 acre property in 1864. MacKerricher and his wife used the land to raise livestock and allowed a railway to be built on the land. The property was sold to the state by their heirs in 1949. Today, the beautiful seascape can be enjoyed by nature enthusiasts between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. With a myriad of activities to choose from, whether it be fishing, camping, horseback riding, or just enjoying the scenery, there is no end to the fun. And the bonus that there is no fee for day use makes it a very economical family excursion. The main entrance will lead you to the Visitor's

Fort Bragg- Coastal California Paradise

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Fort Bragg is just about the best place on earth.   Fort Bragg is a popular coastal town in Northern California. Many travelers have visited Fort Bragg during the summer for years. More recently, the area is becoming a desirable destination during all seasons.  There are oodles of free beaches to go to in Fort Bragg.   Opportunities to observe animal life abound in this quaint little town. Whale watching tour boats are available during winter and spring seasons. Seals and sea lions frequently bask in the sun on rocks and fishing docks. Resident swans and heron are frequently seen throughout the town. Herds of deer graze in fields everywhere. Sightseers may even occasionally spot a turkey hanging out at the bluffs- or in the back of a vehicle at the store. Different beaches have different features.  Many people go to Glass Beach in search of unique pieces of glass, metal, and stones.  You can also see various types of wildlife at this beach- such as crabs. Seal

Sacramento Zoo Virtual Tour

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The Sacramento Zoo is a popular place to visit- especially this time of year.  Since it is closed because of COVID, I thought I would treat readers to a virtual visit. There are a lot of different animals at the Sacramento Zoo. The zoo has many caged birds, including vultures. There are also a variety of hornbills. There is even a magpie. You can watch a lazy kangaroo lounge around in the sun. Or hang out with the giraffes. The lemurs are always fun. Hopefully, the zoo will reopen soon & you can go visit all of my animal friends.  In the meantime, feel free to come back & take the tour as often as you want.  And be sure to check out my other YouTube videos. See you next time.

Table Mountain Outing

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A lot of people go up to Table Mountain in the spring. It is a great place for a relaxing drive. Or maybe a picnic. Most who take the short drive are looking for the wild flowers. Many take their kites along on the breezy days. I usually add music to my videos, but with the current situation I thought readers might enjoy hearing the sound of the wind since many may not have the chance to experience the real thing. There are a lot of cool features on the top of Table Mountain. This bridge is just one of them. The bridge has windows allowing for a view of the creek. I watched this guy pan for gold for a few minutes before moving on. Then I saw this fun little mailbox. This sign marks where a town used to be... There even used to be a school there. Now it is a museum. It actually has been kept in pretty good shape. Even though I grew up in the area, I only went to check it out a coup