Mendocino Botanical Gardens

A guy at the RV park we’re at told us about the nearby botanical gardens.


He told us that it had many walking trails and that we could bring our dog.


He also let us borrow his annual pass!


We took the main path through the flowers,


and the trees,


that led to the ocean.


Dinner Last Night:
Vegan Enchiladas. I really screwed this one up. I didn’t realize I was out of chili powder, so I substituted Penzey’s fajita seasoning. My disclaimer here, is that my close-up vision is really bad these days, so I looked for chili in the ingredients, and even though I didn’t see it I figured I just wouldn’t add the other seasonings and the blend would be enough. What I failed to see was the first ingredient – which any cook knows, is the most predominant. One bite in, told me that this was a big disaster. SALT. It was extremely salty. It was terrible, so we ate our two and then ditched the rest. I won’t be making that mistake again.

2014 Cost of Camping:
38 night paid camping (thru Saturday 5/10)
91 nights free camping
129 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $1208
Daily average cost of camping: $9.36

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  • Reply John and Pam Wright May 5, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    What gorgeous flowers!! And to end at the ocean…nice:)

    What park are you staying in?

    That is too bad about the enchiladas. They are on our all time favorite rotation. Having high blood pressure, salt is one ingredient I work without most of the time. I can really tell when there is extra salt.

    • Reply Leigh May 6, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Hi Pam! We’re at the Sportsmans RV Park. It’s a quirky little park – I posted some photos of it today.

  • Reply Jim and Gayle May 5, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Hey, we are in Fort Bragg staying at a friends yard and went to the Botanical Gardens today! Depending on how long you’re going to be here maybe we can get together for happy hour? We haven’t been to North Coast Brewery yet. It’s closed Mon and Tues so we were thinking of checking it out Weds.

    • Reply Leigh May 6, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Hey you guys! That sounds great! How’s 5p tomorrow? (Wednesday)

      • Reply Jim and Gayle May 6, 2014 at 9:24 am

        Sounds good. See you at North Coast Taproom Weds at 5.

  • Reply Rebecca May 6, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Ahh Fort Bragg. Check out the company store bar… relatively new owners. It is inside the Company Store and is a nice spot… right next to the Mendocino Cookie Company (coffee!) or go around the corner to Piaci’s Pizza for pizza a microbrews. Lots to see in the area… my old stomping grounds.

    • Reply Leigh May 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Oooh thanks for all the suggestions! I think we’ll have to do that Friday night!

  • Reply Rebecca May 6, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    (Couldn’t help it..sorry I’m back with another suggestion!) Or The Purple Rose north of Fort Bragg by MacKerricher State Park for tasty Margaritas etc.

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