Mendocino has been a blissful environment, yet tomorrow we leave. Yesterday, I put some of my beachcombing shells back in the water.

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In addition to packing, we spent our last day beachcombing on one of the best beaches yet, the Mendocino Headlands. I found a lot of abalone pieces, but left them in place for the next person.

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This final beach had the biggest, strangest tide pools, including several giant chitons.

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Giant chitons curl up when you pick them up.

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Under water they stretch out.

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Sea stars, sea urchins, hermit crabs….

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It was a wonderful afternoon.

Jonathan appeared as a ghost.

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Amazing that we had never been to this beach before. It was a great end to this visit of exploration. We’re on to Barcelona on Friday.