From the moment I set foot in Mendocino, I connected with the notion of a gateway or portal.

Some portals tunnel through rock. Think about how long the water persisted and slowly chewed its way.

Other portals are easy, meandering views through trees and gulches, beckoning the traveler.

All represent both rest stops and stepping stones.

Mendocino is simultaneously a destination and a gateway. Picture postcard lovely, yet not static like a photograph, it foams and swirls.

The many natural rock portals portend paths to mysterious locales unknown.

As one sails through the whitecaps into the currents, the ocean may lead to the next harbor or, who knows? All the way to China or New Zealand…

Oceanic Mendocino is life.  Each day is both a destination in and of itself, to be experienced to its fullest, and a portal to the next day.


About goldenbearflyer

Robert Martz is a writer who doesn't make any money writing, so he keeps a day job in finance. He lives and works in Walnut Creek, CA. He began blogging in 2011 as a way of taking responsibility for and finding a place to put his thoughts and feelings. He loves to eat, cook, and travel. He volunteers, practices yoga, runs, bicycles, hikes, and explores nature with passion and a child-like sense of wonder. He is inspired by his amazing friends, doers and other writers. Check out another of his blogs at
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