Good Monday to you all and we hope all is well. The Unbeaten Path has been a very busy bee these past weeks. Here are some of the highlights and their details below:
First and foremost, one of our beloved locals, Jeanne Jackson, has released her first book and it is selling like gangBUSTERS! Her book is called "Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year" with incredible photography, interesting "fun facts" about nature in our region and much, much more. It is an incredible compilation of her work with our local paper, the Independent Coast Observer, over the past ten years. This is a great book and a real treasure. Unbeaten Path is glad to have had their review of her book quoted by our local book store Four Eyed Frog Books - Join Four Eyed Frogs this Father's Day, June 14th, 3pm-4pm for a personalized book signing!
After the Mendocino Wildflower Show this weekend I was inspired to hike the redwood forest to look for some of my favorite forest dwelling wildflowers and plants. Today we feature the Trail Plant (also called Pathfinder Plant), or Adenocaulon bicolor. When their dark green, triangular leaves are disturbed or turned over their bright, white under-leaf is displayed and one can easily follow the trail of another passing through the woods or mark their own way with it's leaves. How cool is that??
The trail plant is a perennial that regenerates each year, forming what appears to be a low hovering mat of leaves in the shadowed areas under trees and along fallen logs or trails. Their big leaves allow moisture to collect under them along the forest floor and duff which helps to decompose organic matter. In addition to their leaves, there is a single slender stem that shoots up to about three feet tall that extends out to tiny white flowers that make their appearance from June to September. The tiny fruit that grows at the end of the stem have tiny hairs that cling to pant legs to be transported through the forests.
The Spring weather has been PERFECT to make for a memorable and incredible tour this Memorial Day Weekend. Our Stornetta Tour offers a very peaceful and special area where one can reflect on the honor and sacrifice of those that served to protect us. Please see our Stornetta Tour details below. In addition to a memorable tour there are many things to do in our local area this weekend. Here are some of our top picks for things this to do during the holiday weekend:
AND, OF COURSE … wonderful walk in nature with a knowledgable guide that can show you all the best spots for a memorable and ever lasting experience! Book your Stornetta Tour TODAY with the Unbeaten Path.
YOU, TOO! Can be a part of our highly valued customer testimonials. Take a tour and see for yourself! Visit our Hiking Tours Page for more testimonials!
STORNETTA LANDS TOUR
(voted a top destination to visit in the world by New Your Times!)
Located just north of Bowling Ball Beach and the town of Point Arena in Mendocino County, Stornetta is a very special place abundant in significant natural resources, including important wildlife habitats, several riparian corridors, extensive wetlands, cypress groves, meadows and sand dunes. WOW! The coastal cliffs and sea stacks (as shown in picture below) make for great photography and breathtaking views! View seals, whales, sea birds and more! A wonderful and protected environment we are very fortunate visit!
See our Hiking Tours page to view more details about this very special hiking tour! Get your boots on because this is a must see!
Today I celebrate our dearest love of a pug, Mr. Knuckles - my little harlequin eyes! He will have lived a mere 9 years and 3 months but his life was mighty. We will help this loving lunk of a pug pass to the heavens today and I am and will be forever grateful to the Gods that brought this incredible creature into our life. He was always happy, devoted, giving of hugs, a worry wort and always so loving.
I thank you, Knuckles, from the bottom of my heart for always taking the time to show dinner guests a pair of my undergarments that you snatched from the laundry bin - always sure to remind me never to be too proud! You helped me be REAL!
We will miss your kisses, hugs and the way you would mouth our hands when we came home after a long day… your mouth hugs will forever be missed. Thank you for protecting your sister, Bubble. She always did look up to you.
Our sadness is selfish because you gave us so much happiness. All we can give you in return is our loving embrace while you pass peacefully in our arms.
Today, on the day of the Boston marathon - this post goes out to our wonderful tour guests this past Friday! Such a great couple, such a great time and so nice to talk about Boston - we are all transplants out here and the first thing they said to me when we met was "this reminds us of New England" and I totally understood what they meant. To me, living here is like home but notched up on the dramatic scenery scale. It was such a pleasure to talk with them and share information about this magical place I now call home. Thank you Cindy and Tom and we hope you return soon. Truly!
No seed ever sees the flower - Zen saying
The diversity of flora species found within Salt Point in northern Sonoma County is truly unparalleled and so is our Wildflower Tour! You definitely do not want to forget your camera for this one! We discuss the specific flora species, take you to the best places for photo opportunities as well as give you background on the history, geology and little known facts of this fantastic place! Remember, the photos below can be taken by you as well!
We are now coming into wildflower season (through early June) so book a wildflower tour today before it's too late! Don't miss out on this incredible beauty because it is not meant to be wasted!
Our tours encompass the best of both worlds from the beautiful northern Sonoma coast into the natural raw beauty of the southern Mendocino coast. Who could ask for a better playground? Each day is different and wonderful! From Salt Point, Sonoma, to Point Arena, Mendocino, we offer an experience that adds a brighter, bigger and more meaningful perspective to your visit!
2014 has been very special so far. So much has been growing and happening with Unbeaten Path and we are excited to be a part of the Visit Mendocino visitors directory. Currently, we are working with a number of Mendocino Inns and hotels and have recently been linked on the Fensalden Inn website! Thank you, Fensalden Inn & Molli, for partnering with us and listing us as an area attraction! We look forward to receiving your guests and appreciate your friendship!
We send our best wishes to the Lindgren family and guests attending the 2014 Daly Memorial Charity Golf Tournament in support of SIDS (sudden infant death) research and in honor of our niece, Daly Alexandra Lindgren, who would have been a freshman in high school today! Since her loss my brother, his wife and their family have dedicated themselves to moving the ball forward to elucidate the underlying causes of SIDS. It is a slow and steady process but so far their golf tournaments have raised more than $120,000 towards SIDS research! This is a beautiful event in beautiful Coronado, San Diego! Unbeaten Path is proud of their work and efforts and we are with you today in spirit! As always! Love you all!
Please visit their event link, learn more about SIDS and consider signing up for next year's event!
President Obama designates Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands A California Coastal NATIONAL MONUMENT!
President Barack Obama made it official Tuesday with an executive order bringing the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands into the California Coastal National Monument. That's 1,665 acres of land (and coastal region) that will forever be protected for everyone to enjoy and cherish! This is a huge accomplishment through the hard work of many people. WE THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. See the dedication video of President Obama here
Unbeaten Path is proud to help act as stewards of this precious gift and to make visiting the Sonoma and Mendocino Coast a truly memorable experience. One thing I highly value is that a unique and good tour guide can provide depth and perspective to a person’s experience. A good tour guide can take dry, 2 dimensional facts and make them tangible and memorable.
With this said: the views alone are stunning in our special region here on the Mendocino and Sonoma County coast - but there is so much more to know, respect and to remember about this unique region of the world. With each of my guests I work hard to ensure they go back home with a new sense of knowledge and a priceless memory of their visit that stays with them. To me, touring in a new place with a good guide is the difference between scanning a piece of sheet music or hearing a choir sing it out loud and proud! A good guide immerses you in the experience - an experience you never forget. And that's what Unbeaten Path strives to do with each and every one of our tours!
I truly believe this - that is why I started Unbeaten Path! I love to travel - and when I visit a place that hits all the right notes - I know that it is not just because of the place but because of the people, too!… and when that happens I always go back! AND THAT's THE TRUTH!
Please visit our hiking tours page to learn more about our unique tours - or, better yet, in honor of the Stornetta Public Lands, check out our Stornetta Tour photos of this special place as well as our Mendonoma photos! ! - Here's a picture of the waterfall on the Stornetta Tour!
Attention all tennis fans! Unbeaten Path will be featured in a silent auction at the VIP booth at the BNP Paribas Tennis Open in Indian Wells, California! This is HUGE event and we are very excited to be a part of the action! Unbeaten Path is honored to be part of the effort to support Sports Explorer, a non-profit organization that delivers a full menu of sports programs and services to Crenshaw High School, families, and community members from around Los Angeles, regardless of age, gender, culture, socioeconomic background, or skill level!
We are proud to support such programs. If you, too, have a program or event and are looking for sponsers please contact us! We are interested in hearing more about it!
Madge Malone in her blogging zone!