November 2017 / words & video by Kevin
Mendocino, California. Giant trees. Stunning coastline. Just pure peace.
This is one of my favorite places in all of the great land of Californ’ya. I get so excited every time Katie and I head up there, which happens about once a year. It’s just raw. The forests are ancient. The trees tower overhead. The coastline rivals Big Sur. Perhaps not as grand, but certainly as beautiful. The water is so blue. Blue blue blue. It’s the purest shade of blue. Like, if you pulled a crayon out of a crayon box, and it said the color was ‘Blue’, the ocean is that same blue.
I love this place. And I feel like traveling there is a California pro move. Not everyone makes it up there. Let’s be honest, the road heading north of San Francisco leads into the abyss. Eventually it gets to Portland after like 12 hours, but until then there are no big cities, just small enclaves of (dare I say) California rednecks and long lost hippies. Ok, so this isn’t entirely true, but you’re not going to just casually be driving up that way. You need to head there. You need to make it your destination.
Last time we were there, Katie and I (with the help of our good friend Mike!) had a mission: to make an artsy video for EyeEm’s new videography platform. So we removed our shoes, and drifted through redwood forests in one of California’s dearest natural wonderlands…
PRACTICAL INFO //
We always stay at the Andiron Inn when up in Mendocino. Katie’ former boss, Madeline, and her husband Scott own and run the inn. Every cabin is amazingly decorated to a unique theme. The place is really a labor of love, and a testament to Madeline and Scott’s creativity. They’ve created their own little wonderland. It’s located in Little River, about a 15 minute drive from the town of Mendocino.
Near the Andiron is the incredible Wild Fish restaurant. Local fish, cooked to perfection. We make sure to stop by every trip up there. Make reservations beforehand.
There are tons of places for great redwood viewing in the area. The shots of the biggest trees in the video were shot at the Jackson State Forest.