Covelo: Blackberries, Street Dancing, Camping and Grieving Spirits

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Cairns in the Eel River, near Covelo

Last year I spent the night in a campground near Covelo.  We came for the Blackberry Festival – we got so much more….

During 2009, I spent a lot of time in Mendocino County, which gave me an opportunity to discover new places and unique events. One of those places was Covelo and the event in question was the Blackberry Festival. The man I had been with at the time had promised to take me to the festival and then without a word decided not to at the last minute. It was one of the many disappointments that characterized the situation I was in at the time.

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Liberation of the Animals Ceremony

In July, I had a rare opportunity to witness a Buddhist ceremony at the City of 10,000 Buddhas, located in Talmage.  Click on the link below for the full story on the Liberation of the Animals.

Over the last 18 months, The City of 10,000 Buddhas has become my “go to” place for serenity. Located in Talmage, California near Ukiah, it is an easy ride north from my home in Sonoma County. In spite of my naturally social nature, I tend to go to the City of 10,000 Buddhas alone, finding that the peaceful drive up the 101 to The City already sets the tone for a contemplative experience. While there, I walk the grounds and look at the organic gardens. I spend some time in the reading room and incense scented Jeweled Hall of 10,000 Buddhas. Sometimes I have lunch at the vegetarian restaurant, Jyun Kang. When I head back home, I am at peace.

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