We’ve been having a great time in Fort Bragg. On Tuesday Tom took us mountain biking on some very nice single track off Caspar Orchard Rd. Not too many roots, no rocks, and some fun ups and downs. Those are the kind of trails we like.
Yesterday we went for a shorter ride on Hare Creek Logging Rd. Jim was having problems with hills on our previous ride but did a little better yesterday. What doesn’t kill you has got to make you stronger, right?
We also visited the Point Cabrillo Light Station just down the road from Fort Bragg in Mendocino. It was cold and windy on the coast but we bundled up so it wasn’t too bad.
The lighthouse opened in 1909. It is now part of the California State Park system and has been restored, along with the head lightkeepers house and a couple of cottages that are now used for vacation rentals or events.
There is also a great little museum about the history of the lighthouse, and another building that houses an aquarium with all those sea creatures you only get to see by diving.
Just north of the lighthouse is a California sea lion colony, which we could hear long before we could see them. We hiked down to the coast to get a closer look, and at one point they got all excited and started jumping into the water and moving around on the rocks. It was quite a noisy show.
And to top off our day we met up with Brian and Leigh (Aluminarium blog) at North Coast Brewery. Great beer, pizza, and company. It was a fun evening and we’re planning to meet up again for happy hour tomorrow, unless they change their minds.
And I think we found one of the best beers we’ve ever tried, Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale. Strong but smooth and a little sweet. Jim just had to buy some to take home!