Today, we began our journey north, driving once again over the Golden Gate Bridge and in to Northern California. First stop was the tiny town of Bodega. A small, quaint town, it was made famous when used as a film location in Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds'. From here, we continued on US1, otherwise know as the Pacific Coast Highway. The first couple of hours were on very winding roads, lots of hairpin bends and precipitous drops….. the views were simply amazing- empty beaches, haystack rocks, and windswept cliffs. The roads improved the closer we got to Mendocino, and we could enjoy the views a bit more as the driving became easier.
After miles of rugged coastline, Mendocino was a welcome picturesque town to spend the night. It was once a logging village, then a haven for artists in the 1950's and its restoration was so well done it has been declared a historic monument. It sits alone on a remote headland, with ocean views in most directions. Hoping to explore more in the morning.