A brisk ride up to Comptche from Mendocino – and by brisk, I mean cold! The winding road climbs up along Big River, through the misty redwoods and opens up to sunny, open fields of sheep, cows and horses.
I stopped at the store for a tea and was greeted by the store cashier – who recognized me from when I was a small child. Being from a small town means constant connection to the community – a welcome change from the city.
Being from a beautiful place makes visiting even more special – and on my descent back down to the village of Mendo I felt grateful to have grown up in such a welcoming, supportive, beautiful community.