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April 23, 1980     Cloverdale Reveille
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!7, S c ,e ,j Page 4 - Wednesday, April 23, 1980 Highway BE from Cloverdal to the sea Text and photos by JANICE Some of Northern California's prettiest coun- tryside lies along State Route 128 between Cloverdale and the sea. Many people know it as the quickest route t'rom U.S. I01 to the Mendocino coast: It runs some 60 miles and can be driven in an hour and a half. But if you whiz along this road you'll miss the quiet pleasures of exploring some lovely rural country. You can wade in the clear creeks which trickle down livestock judging, a horse show and rodeo, and a show of arts and crafts of the area. Indian Creek State Reserve is just east of Philo. Its facilities include two picnic tables, a small parking area, and a rustic trail through the redwoods, so seldom used that it is crisscrossed with cobwebs. But it's a nice place to stretch your legs, listen to the birds and watch the creek flow by. Three miles west of Indian Creek is the turnoff for Hendy Woods State Park, which is The ;,it" is fragrant ith the scent of towering redv(mds in Mailliard Iled,ood State lleserve. A natural soda spring, discovered and developed in 1913 is still bubbling at the former Ornbaun Springs Resort. though the woods to the Navarro River. Or have a soda pop at a general store in a tiny town, or just gaze at the moss-covered split rail fences which ramble higgledy- piggledy over the landscape. There are four slate parks, along the way where you can swim, fish, camp, picnic or hike the trails through sweet- scented redwoods. Spring is a nice season to drive along this rural road. 'From Cloverdale the road twists up over the rounded green hills and down to the fields dotted with colorful wild flowers, oaks, madrones, weathered barns and white frame farmhouses. The turnoff for Mailliard Redwoods State Reserve is a few miles west of Yorkville. The sign says "Ornbaun Springs" (once a soda springs resort) and "Anchor Bay". Three and a half miles from the turn off is the reserve, which contains 242 acres of redwood, fir, oak and madrone. Facilities are few - just a narrow road through the trees, one picnic table, and a stream where insects buzz around in columns of sunshine. Now and then a big lumber truck loaded with redwoods comes careening through the park, but there are few tourists. Boonville, about 13 miles further west along 128, has achieved some notoriety because of a curious phenomenon. It has its own language, a dialect called "Boontling". It was developed as a pasttime back at the turn of the century by the local ranchers, and practiced and polished over the rail fences and on the porches of the general stores. Only about 20 people can speak Boontling fluently, but most residents know a few words, and it has even been taught to children in the town school house. On the wall of one of the business establish- ments is a big map of Boontling country. Boonville is also the home of the Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show, usually held in September. This a true relic of yesterday; events include an apple pie baking contest, sheep dog trials, vaudeville entertainment, open to the public. It is one of the finest parks in the California system, with splendid virgin redwoods, sunny meadows and the sparkling Navarro River. The almost 100 campsites are scattered through the thick forest, so campers are secluded from their neigh- bors. There is also a picnic area within walking distance of the river. In spring and early summer the Navarro has pools deep enough for swimming' and jumping off the rocks, but in late summer you can only go wading. Hendy Woods State Park  ):> i!:: ! i ii'ii Split rail fences ramble over the landscape in a picturesque formation. preserves most of the big virgin redwoods left in this area; lumbering in the 1860's devastated the forests here. The park has two groves: Little Hendy and Big Hendy. The ranger can tell you where to find the trails that wander through them. It's a peaceful walk along the soft forest floor, surrounded by lacy ferns, green sorrel and butterflies - and the fine tall PROMOTIONS ONSONYTAPES WITHFULL COLOR SOUND. Take advantage of the special offers we've got on Sony Audio Tapes: Buy 3 HFX- 60 minute tapes for lust $es a FREE 10 pack case 3 - 90 minute tapes So drop in. It's the perfect time to enjoy Full Color Sound and take advantage of these Red Hot promotions. 16 years ExperieIce 208 N. Commercial St., Cloverdale - 89t-2793 redwoods shooting up to the sky Sleelhead and trout may be taken in the Navarro, but the fishing laws of the area are so complex you'd better check with the ranger before dropping your line. Flood Gate Store, on the road between Hendy Woods and Navarro. is worth a stop. Continued on page 12 GUARANTEED "IN The ruins of the little Ornbaun Springs schoolhouse is a unique reminder of The terrain abounds in natural loveliness IIIII Right Now -- W.C. Sanderson Ford in Healdsburg is guarantying $2,000 trade in or discount towards the purchase of any F100, F150, F250, F350 or 4x4 Ford pickup in stock! Local financing is available, come into W.C. Sanderson and let us get you into the Ford you want ! Bring in your current vehicle today and get a gas saving new Ford pickup. The 80's Ford pickups have the highest California mileage ratings. 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