Health and Wellness

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As part of a comprehensive wellness program, MCDH offers an on-going series of classes, lectures and activities designed to improve your fitness and overall physical and mental wellness.

Class Fees:

Note: some classes are free. See fee schedule below for details. Try our affordable fitness classes:

Public – dropin, $12, or save with a fast pass:

  • $9 per class with 20 class purchase
  • $10 per class with 10 class purchase

MCDH Employees and Volunteers - Drop in, $ 10, or save with a fast pass:

  • $7 per class with 20 class purchase
  • $8 per class with 10 class purchaseMCDH Employees and Volunteers: Drop in, $ 7


Breastfeeding Coalition: 1st Weds monthly 12:00 – 1pm, MCDH Neva Cannon Room.

Caregivers Healing Circle: A Caregiver Support Group: 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 11:00 am -12:30 pm at Spirit House Center for Attitudinal Healing- Fort Bragg. Call Ron at 961-0776. Partially funded by Friends of Hospice.

Create Your Health Support Group: Following attendance of the Create Your Health class. Call Linda Gracen at 964-4189.

Diabetic Support Group: Meets 4th Saturday of the month, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00pm, MCDH Redwoods Room. Call Pam Miller, FNP,CDE at 961-4631 for more information.

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care: Call Arlene Case, RN at 961-4617.

Grief Support Group: Thursdays, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in St. Veronica’s Hall of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Fort Bragg.
Call 961-4617. Sponsored by Hospice.

For updated information please visit the MCDH homepage online at www.mcdh.org/
Updated 1-2013
Overcoming Depression: Wednesdays, 7pm to 8pm, MCDH Pt. Cabrillo Room.

Parkinson’s Support Group: First Fridays, 2:00-3:30 p.m. MCDH Redwoods Room.
Tai Ji for Parkinson’s: First and Third Friday of each month at 3:30. $8 per class. Caregivers and partners may take class.

Smart Recovery: Tuesdays, 8 to 9 pm, MCDH Neva Cannon Ph 937-2643.

Most groups are free of charge and meet at the MCDH campus, 700 River Drive, Fort Bragg CA. For additional information please call the hospital at 961-4610.

Ongoing classes:
Pilates: Tues, 5:15-6 pm, Neva Cannon Room Instructor: Sarah Wagner, PT, PI. Fee.
Start Where You are Yoga: Mon, 5:30-6:45 pm, Neva Cannon Room, Instructor: Helen Jacobs, CMT, RYT. Fee.

MCTelevision, our local public cable television station, regularly videotapes wellness lectures at the hospital. We also record videos and post them to YouTube. If you can’t attend a lecture, just tune in a few days later to see the whole thing right on your own computer.

Click on the links below to view the lectures live.

Lectures are held in the Redwoods Room on the Mendocino Coast Hospital Campus, 700 River Road, Fort Bragg.

Autism

Back Injuries

Bone Health

Case Management

Chronic Pain

Diabetes

Food Cravings

Foot Care

Lyme Disease

Mold Toxicity

Massage Therapy

Natural Family Medicine

Heart Testing

Speech Disabilities

Sleep Disorders

Travel Health

Vaccines

Walking for Health

Wellness Coach Donna Schuler

Wellness Coach Donna Schuler, COTA

What is a Wellness Coach? A Wellness Coach is trained to provide a safe environment for you to discuss, identify and clarify and health concerns you may have. The coach assists is deciding how to make changes through goal setting and creating a step by step plan that you can follow to achieve your goals. A coach also helps you find resources, education or other tools to help your plan be a success. The focus of the coaching process is entirely on your needs and your agenda for change.

How does it work? You call the Wellness Center at Mendocino Coast Hospital (961-4670) and make a Well Check appointment. A Wellness Assessment will be sent to you to fill out and bring to your appointment. The Wellness Coach will talk with you about your responses on the Wellness Assessment and about any other health concerns you may have. Additional information will be gathered during your session. The coach works with you to find ways to achieve you goal and helps you set some time frames. The coach will also provide you with some general wellness education and referrals if you need them. Follow up phone calls are beneficial for most clients. The next step is yours. You may chose to follow-up with your physician or begin you plan.

About Donna For several years Donna has practiced in the field of Occupational Therapy. Occupational Therapy appeals to Donna because of the creative problem solving involved. For her patients it often means adapting the environment to enable independence. It means being a compassionate ally during their rehabilitation. It means looking at what they can do rather than what they cannot do.

Donna feels a connection with each individual. She understands that they could be her mother, sister, husband or child. Wellness Coaching is a natural extension of her professional and personal interests.

She has been fortunate enough to link creative activity and occupation through out her life. Creative pursuits continue to delight Donna who was the founder Cape Mendocino designs, a successful womens clothing line for more than a decade. She holds a BA in Strategic Management from Dominican University. Donna will be providing Wellness Coaching at Mendocino Coast Hosptial beginning in May 2010.

To schedule a personal coaching session, or for more information call 961-4670

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“This website contains information only on local health and wellness practitioners in this area. It is not intended as an endorsement of training and experience.  We encourage you to make your own health care decisions on when and how to access complimentary care, and you do so at your own risk”.
Acupressure
Annette Marquis, CMT 707-964-5494 w
707-964-1379 h
Marquis.Annette@gmail.com
Acupressure, massage therapy, herbal & nutritional support
Ken Rose 707-937-5027
kprose@mac.com
www.threespringinstitute.com
Acupressure
Barbara Birchard 707-937-0660
Barbie@mcn.org
Acupressure
Dr. Erika Mills 707-937-3370 w
44501 Woodstock Drive, Mendocino, CA 95460 (home office)
Acupressure, massage therapy
Debra Scott 707-937-2722 Acupressure
Carole Raye 707-937-2525 Acupressure
Acupuncture
Donna Call, NCTMB, Lac, Dipl, OM 707-937-1575
donna@mendocinoacupuncture.com
Preventative care, Chinese herbology, pain relief, asthma, insomnia
Bess Donley, Lac 707-937-2290
acubess@yahoo.com
Emily Head, LA.c, Dipl. OM/AC; MAOM 707 969 7679
emmyjaz@gmail.com
Pacific Healing Acupuncture. Services: acupuncture; facial rejuvenation; Acupuncture detoxification specialist; doula (in-training); individual and group treatments with package pricing; herbal supplements, tinctures and salves; Facials; Body and Facial Waxing; Massage Therapy and Tuina bodywork
Andrea Shafir, L.Ac, EMT 707-964-1111
yinyang@mcn.org
Coast Family Acupuncture
Michael Volk, L.Ac 707-964-1111
yinyang@mcn.org
Coast Family Acupuncture
Jessica Curl Rose, MSTCM, L.Ac 707-937-5027
jessicacurlrose@gmail.com
www.threespringinstitute.com
Chinese medicine, herbal pharmacy
Addiction Counseling
Sally Werson 707-937-2082
swerson@mcn.org
Working with people who identify with alcohol, drugs, tobacco, food, and codependency
Alexander Technique
Marion Crombie 707-937-5083
MARN@mcn.org
www.aneasierwaytobe.com
Marion Teaches the Alexander Technique, which British Medical Journal study concluded has “long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain.”
Aromatherapy
Nympha Cole, CA 707-937-2069
pacific@mcn.org
Pacific Moonrise: Individualized aromatherapy preparations, classes in use of essential oils
Attitudinal Healing
Ron Nadeau 707-961-0776
rnadeau@mcn.org
Spirit House Center: Attitudinal healing, spiritual, life, illness therapy
Aquatics
Kathy Marden 707-964-4806
kmaqua@mcn.org
Aquatic exercise, aquatic post rehab, aquatic arthritis work, swimming instruction
Business Development
Pamela Patterson 707-964-7571
Pamela@westcompany.org
West Company
Heather Gurewitz 707-964-7571
heather@westcompany.org
West Company
Chiropractic
Eric Frazier, DC 707-964-7566
efrazier@mcn.org
Traditional & low-force techniques, myofascial release of neuromuscular complaints
Dr. Bill Schieve, LA, DC 707-961-1472
eastwest@mcn.org
Craniosacral Therapy
Caitlin Hahn, CST, LMT 707-937-3062
707-357-3278 c
lowtechhahn@yahoo.com
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Massage Therapy
Eating Disorder Specialists
Sally Werson 707-937-2082
707-937-2918
swerson@mcn.org
Expressive Art Therapy
Marilyn Hagar, MA, REAT 707-937-4546
mhagar@mcn.org
www.forthejoyofit.org
Expressive Arts Therapist
Marriage and Family Therapists / Licensed Clinical Social Workers
Glenn Rude, M.A., MFT 707-961-6148
grude@mcn.org
Relationship issues, couples, teens, pre-teens, older adults
Lindsay Wansbury, MFT 707-964-6814
duneunit@hughes.net
Anxiety, depression, stress reduction for individuals and couples
Cynthia Wall, LCSW 707-964-5229
Cynthia@cynthiawall.com
Health issues, stress reduction, post traumatic stress disorder, grief
Steve Siler, MFC 707-937-1316
silermfc@mcn.org
Depression, anxiety, couples counseling, adolescents, physical and sexual abuse, trauma recovery
Christine Samas, LCSW 707-961-6263 Anxiety and depression. Trauma. Adults, adolescents, couples and families. EMDR.
Ann Gallager, MSMFT 707-964-1880
anng@mcn.org
Couples, families, individuals, mid-life and elder issues, bereavement, eating disorders, addictions, conflict mediation, workplace consult.
Fitness for Women
Sandra Kearney 707-937-6229
skearney@mcn.org
Mendocino Bootcamp for Women
Herbal Healing
Mary Pat Palmer, RH 707-895-3007
mpatpalm@earthlink.net
Herbal apprenticeships, herbal preparations, medicinal plant gardening
Karin Uphoff, RH, CYT 707-937-2798 Herbal consultations, massage therapy, yoga for people with compromised health
Hypnotherapy
Sandy Eis, MA, CCHT 707-964-7872; blog: http://sandyeishypnotherapy.blogspot.com/ Smoking cessation, relaxation & stress release, inner child work, sports hypno, hypno healing groups
Ann Marie Cesario, MA, CHT, CMT 707-964-6384
cesario@mcn.org
Heart-centered hypnotherapy, Rosen method bodywork and spiritual counseling, counseling, healing touch.
Loie Rosenkrantz, CHT, MSW 707-964-3094 Somatic therapy, hypnotherapy, counseling, massage therapy, talk therapy.
Alena Guest, CHT 707-937-3072
alenag@mcn.org
http://www.alenaguesthynotherapy.com
Medical hypnosis, self-hypnosis classes, surgery preparation
Gail Raborn 707-937-2271
gailraborn@mcn.org
Hypnosis for: personal growth, PTSD, grief/loss, relationships, surgical preparation & recovery, pain, self-hypnosis, past life regressions, Spirit guide connection, stress, illness/injury, Inner Child, and Intuitive Development.
Massage & Bodywork
Katrina Aschenbrenner, CMT 707-964-3979
Katrina@mcn.org
Workplace chair massage, carpal tunnel, foot problems, stress reduction.
Kimberly Duryee, RN, CBT 707 964 9146
northernfolk@juno.com
Bowen Therapy of Mendocino. Located at 18601 N. Hwy One #201
Taylor Duryee, CBT 707 964 9146
northernfolk@juno.com
Bowen Therapy of Mendocino. Located at 18601 N. Hwy One #201
Helen Jacobs, CMT 707-937-5522
hjacobs@mcn.org
Massage, specializing in yoga for seniors since 1984.
Rob Jensen, CBT 707-937-4174
mjensen@mcn.org
Bowen Therapy
Cecile Cutler 707-964-7835
ananda@mcn.org
Foot & leg massage – Chi Gung
Carla Frazier, CMT 707-964-7566 Swedish and deep tissue, release of adhesions and muscle tension
Darlene L. Brown, CMT 707-513-5371 Deep tissue, structural integration, lymphatic drainage, craniosacral
Peggy Phillips 707-877-1124
Phillips@mcn.org
Reiki master
Liz Happinen 707-964-1674 Massage, cranio sacral therapy, pain release
Lori Choate 707-937-2066
loreleichoate@yahoo.com
Massage, hot rocks therapy
Brett McLain 707-964-6865
1ladybrett1@gmail.com
Massage, stress reduction, Reiki
Jo Williams, CMT 707-937-2779
jo@healthandvitalityforall.com
John F. Barnes Approach to Myofascial Release and Healing Touch energy work
Sonia Castro, CMT 707-357-1884 Swedish, deep tissue, warm stone, pregnancy & Thai massage
Meditation
Ann Myosho Kyle Brown 707-937-3797
annkyle@kumeido.org
Md’s
Neil Nathan, MD 707-575-5180
drneilnathan@earthlink.net
Hypnotherapy, chronic pain, homeopathy, autism
Pet Therapy
Lindsay Wansbury, MFT 707-964-8328
duneunit@hughes.net
Provides social therapy by bringing dogs  into healthcare facilities.
Pilates
Sarah Wagner, MPT, CPT 707-961-4670
swagner@mcdh.net
www.mcdh.org
MCDH Pilates Instructor, Wellness Center Manager
Polarity
Roberta Belson, RPP, CMT, CPE 707-937-3978
roberta@mcn.org
Redwood Polarity School, Polarity practitioner, MCDH Chaplain, Harp musician for healing and comfort
Naturopathic Medicine
Marilou Brewer 707-937-9995
707-540-4320 m
mlbrewer@mcn.org
Traditional Naturopath, detoxification, weight loss, wellness, complementary medicine.
Dr. Amy C. Kelchner 707-462-8628
dramy@ukiahnaturopathic.com
Treating chronic & acute cases including flue, thyroid, autism, well-woman menopause, digestive concerns
Dr. Kambra Phoebus 707-462-8628
kphoebus@gmail.com
Coast & Inland Mendocino offices – Ukiah Naturopathic Medicine
Psychiatry
Michael Brown, MD 707-961-1820 Psychiatry
Nutrition Consultant
Anna Rathbun, CNC 707-937-0476
anna@mendodiet.com
Nutrition workshops, cooking classes, personal food plans
Psychology
Richard Louis Miller, MA, PhD 707-964-1205
drrichardmiller@gmail.com
Clinical psychology
E. Alessandra Strada, PhD, FT, MSCP 707-961-4631 Dr Strada has joined the MCDH and NCFHC Provider Teams as a clinical psychologist.
Reiki
Patricia Pryor, CHT, REIKI Master / Teacher 707-964-3438
Patricia.pryor@sbcglobal.net
REIKI Master / teacher
Respiratory Care
Cathy Fantulin, RN, RCP 707-972-0232 cell Pulmonary, sleep and cardiac rehabilitation. Advocate for healthy lifestyles.
Spiritual Mind Healing
Reverend Tanya Wyldflower 707-964-1958
twyldflower@mcdh.net
Spiritual mind healing prayer
Reverend Gail Johnson 707-964-6855 Spiritual Healing Program
Reverend Toni Calavas 707-937-2223 Spiritual Healing Program
Stress Reduction
Maggie Norton, CYT 707-468-4789
Maggie@saber.net
Stress reduction, yoga and massage therapy
Tai Chi
Brenda Ross, PTA 707-961-4670
bross@mcdh.net
www.mcdh.org
MCDH Tai Chi Instructor
Weight Management
Sid Garza-Hillman 707-962-4920
sid@transitioningtohealth.net
Certified nutritionist and weight management coach; author of “Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto” (Roundtree Press, 20130; twitter: @sidgarzahillman
Wellness Coordinator
Donna Schuler, COTA 707-961-4670
dschuler@mcdh.net
MCDH Wellness Program Coordinator, Wellness coaching
Donna Schuler, COTA 707-961-4670
dschuler@mcdh.net
Wellness coaching
Yoga
Maria Teresa Alvarez, PT, RYT 707-961-4670
mtalvarez@yahoo.com
MCDH Yoga Instructor, lyengar style yoga for all ages
Helen Jacobs, CMT 707-937-5522
hjacobs@mcn.org
Massage, specializing in yoga for seniors since 1984
Catherine McMillan, CYI 707-937-1735
Catherine@mendoyoga.com
Iyengar-style yoga, Fort Bragg & Mendocino, pre-surgery pranayana breath work
Allen Morgan 301-717-7714 Ananda Yoga
Sabrina Peterson, CMT, CYT 707-272-0265
mendomomma@att.net
Mendo Momma Birthings, prenatal & postnatal yoga, massage, Reiki labor assistance

Program Enlists Staff, Patients & Local Schools To Create A “Culture of Health”

Nurses use healing touch to quiet restless babies

Nurses use healing touch to quiet restless babies

The hospital has initiated an innovative wellness program that aims to improve the health of our local community by creating a “Culture of Health” among hospital staff, patients, and even local school children. In this initiative, called the Healing Hospital program, each hospital department uses simple educational tools for patients and visitors that create health awareness and inspire healthy living. The program includes education at schools through books and programs that have an important impact on children and their parents, further helping to create a healthy community.

 

Embracing the Future of Healthcare

“The mission of a healing hospital is to improve health,” says Kelly Mather, founder of Harmony Healing House, which delivers the Healing Hospital program. “Mendocino Coast District Hospital is embracing the future of healthcare and taking the lead to create a healthy community. There are very few hospitals that have truly made it their mission to heal and not just treat the signs and symptoms of illness.”

Guided imagery helps patients prepare for surgery.

Guided imagery helps patients prepare for surgery.

“This program is an extension of our wellness strategy,” notes hospital Interim CEO Wayne Allen. “The Healing Hospital program gives us the ability to add meaningful depth to our existing program through its emphasis on a holistic approach to achieving and maintaining good health. It also enables us to extend our reach farther into the community.”

It Starts with Our Staff

One of the keys to the program’s success is that it uses the existing positive energy at the hospital to create a culture of health. The traditional hospital mission of service and compassionate care remains a priority, but this new mission offers a way for the healthcare provider and the patient to successfully treat illness together. Our providers agree to serve as role models for healthy behaviors, and educate patients on their capacity to heal themselves.

Educational Tools

In the Healing Hospital program, each department adds a simple educational tool for their patients and visitors that creates health awareness and inspires healthy living. These tools have been shown by scientific evidence to either improve health or reduce stress. Some are already in use at the hospital, while others are new. For example, the stress reduction reliever used in the Rehabilitation Department takes a patient from an unhealthy to healthy state in a matter of minutes simply by giving feedback about their breathing and stress level. Other products include educational books, health assessments, guided imagery CD’s and biofeedback systems.

2nd Graders with healing books, gifts from the hospital

2nd Graders with healing books, gifts from the hospital

Getting Schools, Kids and Parents Involved

As part of this program the hospital will offer education at local schools through books and programs that require very little time and effort, but have a major impact on the children and parents who make up a healthy community. MCDH plans to work with the two school districts in Fort Bragg and Mendocino, with the goal of introducing a “Healthy Kids Create Healthy Communities” program in the fall when school starts.

Green Light foods are heathly foods

Green Light foods are heathly foods

The program was initiated in March and, according to Kelly, it takes a minimum of six months to create a culture of health and shift to becoming a Healing Hospital. “Hospitals that truly lead in their communities are changing their focus from just ‘illness care and rescue care’, which tends to increase healthcare costs, to ‘holistic healthcare’,” says Kelly. “Healing Hospitals help patients, visitors and the community tap into their own capacity to heal and get to the origin of illness.”

The benefits of walking are many: it helps you lower your bad cholesterol (LDL), increase your good cholesterol (HDL), lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of or manage type 2 diabetes, manage your weight and more. Research shows that regular, brisk walking can reduce the risk of heart attack by the same amount as more vigorous exercise, such as jogging. Walking is safe, simple and doesn’t require practice. Did we mention fun?


 

Who says you can’t take a romantic escape or family fun weekend, enjoy the food, AND stay fit and healthy all at the same time? Check out Wellness Coordinator Donna Schuler’s healthy adventure walks. Remember, she says, it doesn’t matter if you do a fast walk or a stroll. The goal is to walk 30 minutes each day. Even three, 10-minute walks count. Note:  times, distances and calories were calculated using the iPhone App, Runkeeper.

Distance: 0.8 miles
Time: It’s up to you. But 15 minutes would be easy.
Calories burned: 76

More than 100 years of history is packed into this walk which is just 0.8 miles over 6 blocks.

Union Lumber Company Store

Start: Union Lumber Company Store – northwest corner, Main and Redwood. Once the “shopping center” for this lumber mill town, the Union Lumber Company Store is now an emporium for restaurants, spas, a wine bar, bicycle shop and other small businesses.

Union Lumber Company Store, a place to shop, have a drink or coffee or take a “WIFI” break

Along the Way: a cup of coffee (or peppermint latte) and muffin at the Cookie Company or a Blueberry Hill or Island Paradise Island smoothie at the Living Light Culinary Institute (our world famous raw food cooking school) will power you up for this short walk. After leaving the Company Store, head north on Main.

Guest House Museum on Main Street, Downtown Fort Bragg

Point of Interest: The Guest House Museum will be on your left. If it’s open, you’ve got to drop in for trek through local history. Run by volunteers, the hours vary.

Continue on Main to Town Hall (northwest corner of Main and Laurel)

Cross Laurel to the Depot shopping mall (check out the shops), then turn west on Laurel and visit the Skunk

Old Train Car at Skunk Depot

Train gift shop. Train rides are available daily.
From the Skunk Train, continue north through the parking lot to Pine Street, make a left and then a right on W. Fir St.

Old Stewart House, home of the man who layed out or “platted” Fort Bragg

Point of Interest: On the left (northwest corner of Pine and Stewart) you’ll see the Old Stewart House, a former bed and breakfast that now is a private home. And just a little farther north (a quarter block) is the

The Weller House Inn, a popular bed and breakfast and site of tango festivals.

Weller House, a bed and breakfast with a beautiful ballroom used for increasingly popular tango festivals.

The Grey Whale Inn was Fort Bragg’s hospital until 1972.

Continue north on Stewart Street to W. Fir Street, make a right and walk one block to Main and W. Fir Street. On you left is the Grey Whale Inn, once the city’s hospital.
Cross main Main Street (also known as Highway 1 and the Shoreline Highway) and continue on E. Fir St. one block to Franklin Street. Make a right on Franklin and walk a block to the Mission Baptist Church (E. Pine and Franklin).

Mission Baptist Church, famous for its architecture.

Continue south on Franklin past the Advocate-Beacon Newspaper to the small white structure that once served as the commissary (430 N. Franklin) for the original fort built here in 1857.
A half block farther is City Hall, another historic building.
Continue down Franklin checking out the building on both sides of the street – mostly built in the late 1800’s or after the 1907 San Francisco Earthquake.
Finish: At Franklin and Redwood, turn right (west) and head back to where you started.

Distance: 1.34 miles
Time: 27 minutes
Calories Burned: 139

Entrance to Glass Beach.

Start: Glass Beach parking lot at the corner of Glass Beach Road and Elm Street. Walk down to the beach where you can explore for sea glass and then walk back to the parking lot (1/2 mile roundtrip), then take Glass Beach Road a half mile to Pudding Creek Bridge, then walk back to your car.

The city dump from 1949-1967, Glass Beach is now part of MacKerricher State Park. Broken glass dumped (bottles, car tail lights and much more) into the water have been tumbled smooth by the waves and frosted by the natural minerals in the sea water, forming beautiful sea glass.

Glass Beach at MacKerricher State Park looking north

The beach located above the “mean high tide line” is considered state park land, making the glass a “cultural resource” of the park. Cultural resources may not be taken from the beach. There are two other glass beaches south of the State Park. Glass is thick in both (one is only accessible by boat. We encourage you to look for special pieces – like ruby reds and sapphire sea glass– and leave all the rest.

Glass Beach, Fort Bragg

Please, no filling bags and taking them home for later.

Distance: 1.34 miles roundtrip
Time: 47 minutes
Calories Burned: 167

Entrance to the Botanical Gardens

Start: at the entrance off Highway 1 (Main Street), about 1 mile south of Highway 20. Meander through the 47 acres of gardens to the ocean (trail signs are well marked and a trail map is available for free at in the entrance gift shop).

Trail at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

The main trails are level and paved.

Besides the wonderful collection of Rhodedendrons, begonias, and heritage roses, there is a dazzling dahlia garden, Dawn Redwoods (grown in one remote area of China) and a cactus garden. And, much, much more.

Check the website for what is in season.

The 47-acre gardens walk ends at the ocean.

The main trail takes you right to the ocean’s edge. There you will find the cliff house, perfect to watch the ocean on a cool windy day. Or rest on one of the many benches with spectacular views of the California Coast National Monument (1,100 miles of rock formations)

Distance: 1.0 miles roundtrip (first half mile is downhill; the return uphill)
Time: 30 minutes
Calories Burned: 150

Lighthouse and blacksmith shop, which is now a marine wildlife exhibit.

Start: Park in the Visitor Center parking lot and head down the 1/2-mile paved road to the Light Station.

There are sweeping views of the 300-acre Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park and the restored light station, which includes three light keeper houses, a blacksmith shop, the lighthouse, and two out buildings. You can see whale here year-around.

First stop: 2nd Assistant Lightkeepers House (also know as the East House). Walk to the back of the house and enter the house (and the world of the light keeper) when the station first opened in 1909. The only comprise in restoration was keeping electric lighting which was installed in the 1930′s, rather than the original kerosene lanterns.

Second stop: the middle house is the Head Lightkeeper’s House and is now a weekend rental as are two cottages out back.

Third stop: Blacksmith Shop, which is now a marine wildlife exhibit with samples of local marine life in two large saltwater tanks. More than 1,000 school children visit Point Cabrillo for educational programs.

Fourth stop: The lighthouse. Here you will be plunged back into history as you view exhibits of the Frolic Shipwreck and life as a light keeper since going back to 1909 will the 3rd Order Fresnel Lens was lit for the first time. The original lens is still in use — owned and operated by the U.S. Coast Guard as a federal aid to navigation. There is also a gift shop, so bring your purse or wallet.

Finish: walk back up the hill to the Visitor Center parking lot.

Eleven Walks in the Local Forest

The folks by MendoWalks.Org love to walk and they love to share their adventures. With the 47,000 Jackson State Forest hugging our coast, there are lots of opportunities to get out of downtown and into the woods. Check out these hikes from easy to difficult. You’ll find something for every level of fitness.

Walk / Run / Bike with the Fog Dodgers

The Fog Dodgers invite all residents and visitors of the Mendocino Coast to join us on our weekly group runs and walks. We have runners and walkers of all abilities (and even some bikers) and we have only one “rule” – we start at exactly 8:00 a.m. on Sundays. Exercise at your own pace (1/2 hour out, 1/2 hour back) and experience the fresh Mendocino coastal air. Fog Dodgers provides a fun, safe way to explore some of our local trails and back roads and to meet new friends. You can find out where we’re going to be by reading the bottom of last week’s post, then clicking on the “Our Routes” tab above. We average 15-20 persons each Sunday and typically half will go to breakfast together afterwards at a nearby restaurant.

 

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