2010 Volvo XC60 Road Trip (part II): Mendocino, CA
July 03, 2010
Made it to Mendocino. It's true what I've heard: "Too cute," and picturesque beyond words. I've avoided it for all these years because of that reputation, but I must admit there's something magical and genuine about it, as well. See for yourself, and after the jump, you'll see what Abalone looks like after a serious pounding and prior to frying (plus some too-cute and picturesque photos).
And right after the county line and before you reach the sea side town of Mendocino, there are Redwood forests.
Nice parking lot, eh?
And below is where my brave brother-in-law and his friends dove for Abalone.
Actually, you can see some other divers in that shot above, but those aren't ours.
These are our divers:
Here's a shot of the B&B where we stayed. Yes, too cute, with a history as long as the coastline is craggy.
..and the kids loved playing in the yard.
We were the only ones who stayed "in town." The rest of our family stayed at the Van Damme campground. No, the Volvo didn't actually tow anything; that was the only parking space available. Interesting side note: you can actually have these trailers delivered to the camp (meaning no towing necessary), enjoy your camping trip, then drive away. They'll come pick it up for you. Sounds like a good option for those people or vehicles that are not tow rated.
Okay, so here's what Abalone looks like after it has been removed from its shell, sliced into steaks, and pounded.
I know, it doesn't look very appetizing, but after the pounding, breading, and frying, it is delicious. Somebody else at the camp made Abalone Chouder instead, and it too was delicious.
Kids love this part
More Volvo XC60 Road Trip photos to come. Next stop, Crater Lake, OR...
Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 18,301 miles