Tues., Sept. 30, Day 29 – Mendicino, CA

Day’s highlight was being moved to a new room, in a nicer garden area, larger, more recently renovated, better sitting areas, much more comfortable than the first, seedy room. More fitting our expectations of the Mendicino Hotel. It was another beautiful weather day, about 70 degrees, gentle ocean breezes. The weather has been like this since Cannon City, a pleasant change from the intermittent rain on the Olympic Penisula, in Seattle and the intermittent snow from Glacier thru Lake Louise.
We “gallery crawled” around town, which hasn’t change much since we were last there about 20 yrs. ago, mostly because of the strict architectural controls which want to maintain the Victorian character. Great bakery down the street for morning gourmet coffee and buns. Trendy clothing store with a 50% off sale and bought some duds, lunch at the deli, read our books.
Incidentally, when not listening to satellite radio (thanks to Keith, again, for suggesting this for last year’s trip), as we are driving, we listen to books on CD provided by cousin Harper Collins Hugh. First book was “Bel Canto”, a long romance by Ann Patchett. Very verbose and elaborate, but a good story of a kidnapped opera singer in Columbia. Next was “Intent to Kill”, an excellent who-done-it, by James Grippando, based in Providence, which Peter could relate to from his Brown days. Then “Dark Voyage”, by Alan Furst, a WW II suspense story.











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