Earth is moving in both Fort Bragg and Mendocino - Glass Beach is getting a visitor center and coastal trail. Please note that the regular parking area and path to Glass Beach is closed. Big River Haul Road is getting new culverts. The trail is closed to the public; however, one can still paddle on Big River. The Noyo Harbor Boat Basin's new dock system is nearing completion.
North Coast Brewery has brought back their pub menu and is now open 7 days a week. Bar opens at 2 and restaurant at 4. They also have jazz on Saturday nights. For those interested in brews, on Saturday September 27, there is a Beer Bison Bluegrass Festival in Fort Bragg.
If you are kayaking on the Noyo River, you might want to stop by the Dolphin Isle Deli. They have homemade soups and daily specials for both breakfast and lunch (and of course have a tasty beer selection and locally roasted Thanksgiving Coffee).
Did you forget something or need some fresh goods -
Get fresh goods at Mendocino County Farmer's Markets. The Fort Bragg Farmer's Market is Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 6pm. Mendocino's farmer's market is Friday from noon to 2pm. The Outdoor Store on main street in Fort Bragg carries sporks and other camping and outdoor essentials. Subsurface Progression on Highway 1 south of Fort Bragg carries a variety of kayaking, fishing, and diving equipment. If you forgot your spraydeck or need another one, Liquid Fusion Kayaking has a variety of skirts in addition to paddles and kayaks in our annual used gear sale. Here's a link to our online yard sale of goods.
Of course if you are looking to improve your kayaking skills, Liquid Fusion Kayaking are the local paddling professionals. Liquid Fusion Kayaking's classes are taught by Jeff Laxier and Cate Hawthorne who are both certified whitewater and sea kayak instructors. We teach sea, whitewater river, and surf kayaking in our home waters of Mendocino County and are guest instructors at symposiums including Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium and Lumpy Waters. We love teaching rock gardening because it is Liquid Fusion Kayaking - fusing the elements of sea, whitewater, and surf kayaking into FUN!!!
Saturday September 27 - Rock Garden Class - build confidence and skills in the rock gardens with our systematic approach. From specific strokes in the rocks to water reading, positioning, and play this is a class that will accelerate your comfort and skills in dynamic waters. This is full day class held from 9am to 4pm. $110/person. Here is a link with more information.
Sunday September 28 Whitewater of the Sea - rock gardening in a whitewater kayak - Come play with us and learn the whitewater and surf specific skills for rock gardening in a "short boat." On this adventure, we will share some of our favorite play spots and tips for maximizing the performance and fun of whitewater kayaks in rock gardens. This lesson/tour will have paddlers learning and applying concepts and skills for boat control specific to whitewater kayaks as well as general skills like water reading, timing, etiquette, and safety/rescue. All skill levels will enjoy and benefit from this class (we have had class V boaters and athletic non-paddlers have a blast in the same class). This class will go from 10am to 2pm and is $70/person. Here's a link for more information.
We look forward to seeing everyone so please drive and paddle safely.