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6 Ways to Get Your Nature Fix on the Mendocino Coast

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Luxury Meets Rustic Charm at The Inn at Newport Ranch

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  • Your mountains, just like the rocks we left moments earlier on our hike, project deep rich blue hues, as if we were among a Carolina mountain range and yet it's you again California showing your diversity, majestic-ness and textures. -
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It's as if I knew you in another lifetime when I had first explored these very same hills on horseback only to return by foot in the Aquarius Age! -
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If I were still living back east, a Memorial Day BBQ would have been part of the agenda as would retreating to a nearby historical town in Vermont or NH or Maine and yet here, we didn't retreat very far....a short drive brings us to the Marin Hills across the Golden Gate Bridge. -
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Can you believe this view is a stone's throw from a city, the very one I now call home? Oh City by the Bay, I love your rolling hills and as an Adirondack girl, I never thought I could learn to feel their pulse or understand them. California, you show me daily that your pure raw beauty and your wild nature is the right path for me, at least for now. Gratitude will set you free again & again!
  • Home on the Range! That is precisely how this moment felt, though the home is far from Scarlet's or an old fashioned southern plantation, moreso where Vermont meets Montana. -
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I had forgotten how cool it was to take in your distant views from a larger than life filter and lens, in this case an old fashioned mini telescope! If you don't retreat into rural hoods where you live often enough, plan an extended weekend escape away and not just on Memorial Day or another long holiday weekend! -
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Happy Holidays to my fellow yank pals! My Northern California posts are live! www.weblogtheworld.com.
  • It's a funny thing how things (and life) come full circle. When I look at this shot, it brings me back to my Celtic days when I lived in the U.K. and a weekend to the Cotswolds, Wales or even Cornwall wasn't unheard of from Surrey and even from London. You might be thinking Scotland and yet it's Northern California where I lay my head more often than not these days! My Celtic past is not far from my New England past; it feels as normal and natural in this lifetime as it did in my last. And yet there's a chapter for me here on this other coast that I've yet to figure out but I am here for as long as it takes although me thinks it's definitely not permanent. While she may not be Scotland or Wales or Ireland or New Zealand or Iceland, she is so lovely albeit more predictable. -
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I will write a piece about the predictability vs drama of like-nations at some juncture and it will be great so stand by! -
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A big thumbs up and high five to those who are here because you connect to nature at a visceral level like I do and keep coming back for more because of it. A toast to the dramatic skies we all know and love, from our own "hoods" and our favorite #destinations!
  • A blast of a jeep ride out on the wide open plains across 2,000+ acres at Inn at Newport Ranch along the #MendocinoCoast, a so worthwhile venture if you love #nature!
  • How’s this for an insane view of the Pacific Ocean? We loved the horseback riding trails that Ricochet Ridge Ranch offers. While one of their more popular trail rides is along the beach (and covers all riding skill levels), we opted for the more rustic trails which started along the jagged Mendocino coast, went through a forest brimming with Redwoods, up a mountain and eventually to this fabulous look out area. This trail was roughly 3 or so hours, although they offer half days and full week options as well, now on the bucket list.
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We left from across the road from the Inn at Newport Ranch (see last Instagram post), where we stayed for the weekend, a luxe boutique stay that is all about serenity and privacy – where rustic meets luxury. Their ranch now totals over 2,000 acres with a mile and half of oceanfront and three miles of contiguous ridge lines with panoramic views. They have opened up twenty miles of trails through the Redwoods and along the streams and rugged coast which you can explore by horseback, hiking or on ATVs and we did all three. The ATV was as much fun as on horse back (albeit a very different experience) and not quite as tranquil as being on the back of this gem. My horse was called Voltaire which made me laugh because French is part of my heritage – I should write an article about how much he reminded me of my horseback riding experience in France in so many odd and surreal ways. Voltaire had attitude, was chic and loved to eat and eat and well, eat (grass that is). He also loved to be photographed; at least I didn’t spend the afternoon on a horse who wanted to stay out of the limelight as it adds to the challenge of getting a great shot. Here’s to you Voltaire and to the magical Mendocino coast.

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Wisdom & Inspiration

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.

Anatole France

Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.

― Alan Keightley

 

The destination matters not, for the journey itself is the ultimate prize. Go forward & embrace the unknown and your blueprint for life will never be the same.

― Renee Blodgett, We Blog the World

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore.

― André Gide

At the Moment of Commitment, the Universe Conspires to Assist You!

― Goethe

A truly magical life begins after the journey furthest from your comfort zone!

― Renee Blodgett, We Blog the World

If you do something that has never been done you will collect treasures that have never been found.

― Jenna Newton

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.

― Heraclitus

Break bread with people as foreign to you as an ancient language and be forever changed.

― Renee Blodgett, We Blog the World

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

― Lao Tzu

The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.

― Sir Richard Burton

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