Mendocino, CA - 2010 Volvo XC60 Road Trip (part II) Long-Term Road Test

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2010 Volvo XC60 Road Trip (part II): Mendocino, CA

July 03, 2010

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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).

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And right after the county line and before you reach the sea side town of Mendocino, there are Redwood forests.

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Nice parking lot, eh?

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And below is where my brave brother-in-law and his friends dove for Abalone.

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Actually, you can see some other divers in that shot above, but those aren't ours.

These are our divers:

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Here's a shot of the B&B where we stayed. Yes, too cute, with a history as long as the coastline is craggy.

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..and the kids loved playing in the yard.

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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.

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Okay, so here's what Abalone looks like after it has been removed from its shell, sliced into steaks, and pounded.

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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.

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Kids love this part

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More Volvo XC60 Road Trip photos to come. Next stop, Crater Lake, OR...

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