The paddling on the Mendocino Coast is world class!!!From paddling quiet protected estuaries for wildlife watching and birding to wet and wild ocean rock gardening adventures, the Mendocino Coast has something for all paddlers. The Albion area has both readily accessible.
|Jeff paddles through an arch in the Albion Area.|
|Kayaking the Albion River Estuary|
The ocean waters of the Albion Area have lots in store for the coastal paddler. The area is strewn with sea stacks and rock gardens with a character that differs from the more popular Mendocino Coast paddling areas of Van Damme and Russian Gulch. The Albion Cove has rock garden features that range from mellow and fun to sporty depending upon the ocean conditions. On certain swells, there can be fun surf conditions.
|Jeff doing a little rock hopping in Albion.|
|Cate runs a kelp covered pour-over in Albion Bay.|
|Even on a Calm Day, Albion Head can be sporty!|
|Liquid Fusion Kayaking's Whitewater of the SEA!!!|
Fishing - Salmon is still in season but the season for fishing for rockfish by boat (kayak) ends September 1. Mussels are still quarantined. For the divers, abalone is still in season as is spearfishing.
Driving to the Mendocino Coast - the roads are winding and slow. Drivers are required to pull over, when it is safe. Please use pull-outs if others are traveling faster than you. Here's a link with useful driving information.
Get fresh goods at Mendocino County Farmer's Markets. The Mendocino's farmer's market is Friday from noon to 2pm. The Albion Farmer's Market is Sunday from 2-4pm. The Fort Bragg Farmer's Market is Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 6pm.
Harvest Market in Fort Bragg and Harvest at Mendosa's in Mendocino are locally owned and operated grocery stores with local produce and tasty beverage selections.
COFFEE!!! Support a local, fair-trade coffee company. Thanksgiving Coffee is roasted in Noyo Harbor and served at most coffee shops on the Mendocino Coast and sold in the local grocery stores. For drive-though convenience, there is the A Frame just south of the Noyo Bridge in Fort Bragg.
For those hankering for a fresh beer and pub food, Patterson's in Mendocino is a good stop (be sure to bring cash as many Mendocino businesses do not accept credit cards).
|Patterson's Pub in Mendocino|
|Kayaks, paddles, sprayskirts, helmets . . . lots of great gear on LFK's Online Yard Sale.|
If you are interested in art inspired by the sea, we recommend checking out Glass Fire. Here you can watch fellow ocean lovers Buster and Trish blow glass into jelly fish and other sea creatures. They are on Highway One just north of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (another of our favorite spots).
|Hand blown glass jellyfish at Glass Fire.|
For those that like mountain biking, Jackson State Forest offers miles and miles of epic singletrack mountain biking. Pick up a map at the Fort Bragg Cyclery or contact our friends at Mendocino Bike Sprite for a guided ride (you never know who you might see out riding in the forest).
|Surf n Turf = a great day on the Mendocino Coast|
Jeff and Cate