Total miles: 1010
A quiet day - no big driving miles. Just some recovery time. We had a view from the Inn where we were staying but hard to see because of the rolling fog which looks like it will be around all day. We are staying in an 'Inn' (The Brewery Gulch Inn
). The Inns here are a cross between bed and breakfast and a hotel. As well as breakfast you are probably offered wine / drinks / cheese at 5:30. This particular Inn does a light buffet dinner at 5:30 which you can help yourself to and it has been enough to have as a dinner so we don't have to worry about eating out in the evening. These Inns are quite social. Normally you meet with the other residents in the lounges or at breakfast when you may sit with them too. It's interesting to talk to other travellers. But no good if you want to keep yourself to yourself.
Lunch in an old Victorian hotel built in the 1800s (see pictures below). Most homes and buildings in the area we have driven through are wood construction (they call them 'stick' buildings) which make them easy to build (and very cheap). Though they have a disadvantage in that the sound travels very easily in them. You can hear a lot of what is going on in the neighbouring rooms but that's just the nature of the building and people tend to put up with it. Mendocino also has a lot of these rather odd water towers dotted around, which aren't used any more, but were first put up when people settled here in the 1800s. One water tower per home. The settlers who made their homes here came from the east coast of USA, what is known as the New England area - Connecticut, Maine - and these water towers were common there.
We could see why it had earned the nickname of Spendocino. Lots of quirky fashion shops and boutiques. However Neil did spot 'binoculars.com' shop. Which was great because we had just said the evening before about how useful they would have been to look at elk, eagles, whales etc. so we made an investment in some so we didn't miss any rare wildlife over the remaining days. The town is often used in movies and TV programs. In particular it's known for a TV program about a woman detective writer called Jessica Fletcher - 'Murder She Wrote'. It starred an English born actress - Angela Lansbury - the locals say she often stopped to talk to them in the street when they were filming (www.blairhouse.com/murder.php
). It's often screened in the afternoon TV programs in the UK. I didn't take too many pictures of Spendocino - but here's a link to the town's website www.mendocino.com