MacKerritcher SP Camping October 2019

This year for Kate’s birthday (Halloween), we went up to Fort Bragg and camped in MacKerritcher State Park for three nights.   No dogs this time so we brought the jeep and bikes.

We found that all sites were reservations only, unlike in the past, so we could only book a site one day at a time.  Luckily we never had to move and had a very nice site (#87) that backed up to the woods and then the cliffs/ocean.  Also found out that only campground open after 9/30 is West Pine.

We took the new bike trail all the way to the Noyo Bridge.  12.5 miles round trip.  Stopped along the way to see an old cemetery and the Noyo Exhibit with whale displays and more.  Very interesting.

Dinner at Mayan Fusion, where we got a map of place showing altars for Day of the Dead.  Walked around town looking at the displays.

Next day we went into Mendocino and had lunch at the Mendocino Hotel, which turned out to be terrific and nicely priced.  Cool place Kate is thinking of taking her kids when they go away for her 70th birthday.  Hiked out to the point and walked around town.  Always enchanting.  In the evening we went out to MacKerritcher point and watched the sunset and saw seals on the rocks.

Trip home was tough since I was having brake problems.  Lots of chatter when stopping.  Also when we got to the central valley, it was warm so we turned on the A/C only to find it didnt work.  So first thing, the motor home went  into the shop to have all these issues checked out.  Turned out the rear caliper was locked closed, causing the rotor to be totally destroyed.  If we would have gone much further the brake fluid may have all leaked out.  As of this writing the vehicle is still in the shop six weeks later.

Author: Geoff

Quick rundown: Grew up in Lombard, Illinois, went to Arizona State University, worked as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co, then Laventhal and Horwath, then Rolling Stones, then Heron International, then Goodby Berlin and Silverstein in San Francisco. Moved to the foothills in 1990 and traded futures and designed websites. Married to Kate Stewart, now living in Colfax, CA. We have six grandchildren. I enjoy camping in our RV, hiking, kayaking, fishing, droning and cross country skiing Also conga drumming, photography and dogs.