After our hike, we decided to head into Mendocino for lunch and to check out the shops and galleries that we heard so much about. (Does it sound like I’m setting things up to describe another disappointment?) We did have a nice lunch featuring fresh dungeness crab – after walking around forever looking for a restaurant. Maybe we were looking in the wrong place? After lunch we strolled around looking for galleries. I guess Mendocino just isn’t our style since we didn’t find much to our liking. It also seemed more crowded and touristy than we we like. Rather than hanging around (with nothing to do) until dinner, we decide to find some wine and cheese to enjoy back at the inn while relaxing on our balcony. We found Wine Shop of Mendocino, a nice little wine shop with a good selection of interesting wines. The woman running the shop not only helped us with recommendations for wine, she also suggested wineries to visit on our way to Eureka and pointed us to a little organic grocery store to pick up some wonderful cheeses. So, we bought some wine, stopped at the grocery store for cheese and crackers, and returned to the inn for a quite evening watching the sunset. Even the disappointing Pygmy Forest didn’t seem so bad anymore.
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