We move north of the Bay Area to visit our next destination, Gualala. Pronounced “wah-la-la,” this is one of the small, little towns along the Mendocino Coast in Northern California, about ten miles south of Point Arena.
It’s another "Tim"less getaway while he’s at summer camp in the mountains near Lake Arrowhead. It’s over 500 miles and eight hours of driving to get here, so we stop overnight in a forgettable motel in the memorable, cute little town of Martinez on the east side of the San Francisco Bay. The next morning, we continue on the 101, moving over to Highway 1 when we get to Petaluma. It’s a beautiful coastline drive past Tomales Bay, Bodega Bay (where Hitchcock fimed The Birds), and Sea Ranch where we finally cross the Gualala River into the small town.
Dinner was at a place across the street from the supermarket that had an outdoor deck with a spectacular view but suffered from mediocre food and incredibly slow and borderline rude service so we’ll just move on…shall we?
The next morning, we’re heading the other way. Yesterday, we went south, today we go north. To start off, we head up to Point Arena and the Point Arena Lighthouse.
It’s a bit foggy today anyway but it still makes a nice stop along the way.
We continue along until we reach Gowen’s Fruit Stand where we get some fruit for lunch and enjoy out back with a friendly pooch that wandered by.