When our arms became too tired, we'd draw our paddles in and let the slow current carry us.

January 23, 2018

I was sifting through photos from last year when I came across our Mendocino trip. It’s a charming suburban town north of San Francisco that had an old-fashioned feel to it. Despite not having grown up in this country, I was overcome with a feeling of nostalgia. I must’ve read about it in books or saw scenes in films, I don’t know.

We rented a canoe and paddled our way up the Mendocino river. We’ve never been in a canoe before but it was easy to get the hang of it. As long as we synchronized our movements and agreed on a direction, we were pretty much on our way. Give it a few minutes, and it will feel like second nature.

catch a canoe
kayaking folks
mendocino sign
mendocino shore
sun and trees

When our arms became too tired, we’d draw our paddles in and let the slow current carry us. Snacking on a box of fresh strawberries, we sat in silence for the next few minutes. This gave us a chance to appreciate the plants growing on the edges of the river and say hi to other folks floating in their kayaks.

man swimming
human from high up
cliff sunset
pink flowers

I think about California and this is what I always imagine. A coastal town with an easy vibe; of pastel orange and yellow skies and sunsets so beautiful, it’s hard to keep your eyes off it.

cliff people
yellow van

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