Looking ahead at next week.. we have a treat from BigJimSlade, who is taking us along for a week of hiking in the Italian Dolomites!
Steve from Mendocino
Mendocino Village and the surrounding towns are primarily tourist destinations. According to The Guardian, Mendocino has 1,000 full time residents and 2,000 daily visitors. The pandemic has had the predictable impact on this tourist town, but a severe drought has compounded these challenges. Signs are everywhere asking people to take extreme measures.
People have been skipping showers; restaurants have installed porta potties; many inns are on the verge of shutting down. An additional challenge has been the aging of the resident population in the coastal communities, with tradesmen retiring and not being replaced. Property values have been skyrocketing as Bay Area people move up here intending to telecommute going forward.
I need maintenance on my house, and the contractor I’ve used in the past told me that there’s not the remotest possibility of him looking at my project for a year and a half, since he’s committed to two new house contracts right now.
These pictures, though, are pre-pandemic, pre-drought, pre-Trump. Life was nicer.
Ford House at sunrise. The only public bathroom in town is located in this building. Not very fancy, but there’s plumbing.