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This photo tour takes you along the Mendocino County coast, starting south of Point Arena and ending at Fort Bragg.
This coastal view is south of the town of Elk Cove, but is typical of much of the coast. The big rocks in the surf are called sea stacks. They're formed when a block of rock resists erosion more than the other rock around it.Continue to 2 of 12 below.
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This rugged point is typical of the much of the Mendocino Coast, with steep oceanside cliffs, big rocks in the water and crashing waves.Continue to 3 of 12 below.
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Point Arena LighthouseContinue to 4 of 12 below.
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One of the few sheltered coves along the Mendocino Coast, Elk Cove collects a lot of driftwood. Located just above it is the lovely Elk Cove Inn.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Town of Mendocino
Tiny Mendocino looks like a New England town from this angle, and several films have been shot here that are really set on the East Coast, including The Russians Are Coming and the television program Murder She Wrote.Continue to 6 of 12 below.
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Water Tower in Mendocino
Water towers like this one are a characteristic part of Mendocino, and you'll see them scattered all over town.Continue to 7 of 12 below.
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Temple of Kwan Tai in Mendocino
A remembrance of the Chinese community who once lived in Mendocino, this temple is dedicated to the god of war. It has been maintained by the efforts of four generations of Chinese descendants, and is occasionally open to the public. It's at 45160 Albion St.Continue to 8 of 12 below.
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Best-Known Mendocino Landmark
The Masonic Hall is one of Mendocino's oldest buildings, and the sculpture atop it is one of the town's most recognizable landmarks. Carved from a single piece of redwood, it depicts Father Time, a weeping woman and a book, but their symbolic meaning is known only to members of the lodge. Flippant observers have called it a monument to hairdressers and others who don't know its history are simply perplexed.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Point Cabrillo Lighthouse
The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse is one of the prettiest on the coast, and its restored keepers' quarters are available for rent. They also have a very nice small museum.Continue to 10 of 12 below.
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Rhododendron in Bloom
Rhododendrons bloom all along the Mendocino Coast. This specimen was outside the Post Office in Elk, but could just as easily have been in the botanical garden or anywhere else along the coast.Continue to 11 of 12 below.
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Coast Botanical Garden
One of the most unusual botanical gardens in California, Coast Botanical Gardens is home to many plants which can grow only in a small range of climate. It has many nice trails to walk on, and there's something to see here all year long. The above photo was taken in early June.Continue to 12 of 12 below.
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One of the area's most popular things to do, the Skunk Train travels between Fort Bragg on the coast and Willits inland, passing through land owned by logging companies that is otherwise inaccessible. The engine shown here is a rare Motorcar, the only one of its kind still working. It's used on less-busy days.