On Sunday morning, we kissed Wendy and Cristina goodbye and drove up the coast to Mendocino. For three full days we walked (and walked, and walked) along the bluffs, gathered beach glass, explored tide pools and enjoyed both sunshine and intermittent rain. We had hoped to whale watch and David and Peter also wanted to fish for Humboldt squid, but the seas were too high for boats to go out. The guys were pretty bummed about the fishing, but luckily we were able to spy whales from the shore. Peter also spotted seals, sea urchins, starfish, anemones and even some baby moray eels.
One morning at low tide and sunrise, David accompanied me to the beach where I searched for tumbled shards of glass and pottery. It soon began to rain but the sun popped through and a rainbow filled the sky. Just another universal yes.
On our final morning in Mendocino, we made one last trip to the beach to return any gathered glass we had culled from our collection. To get to the beach we had to walk down a path lined with wild onions and brambles. Red wing black birds, doves, song sparrows and robins were all singing their morning songs, and both the smell of the onions and the sound of the birds filled the air. To say it was glorious would be an understatement.