There is nothing more scenic than the northern California coast and there is no better way to enjoy the scenery than in a

    The Cobra's to the Coast 2014 Journey north will feature highlights such as:

  • Breathtaking views as we wind our way up highway 1 to Fort Bragg
  • Picturesque North coast towns
  • Special Picnic on the Coast at an awesome location
  • Great "Cobra roads"and as always lot's of food & fun

  • Sat. Option -  Skunk Train Sunset Excursion BBQ:

    With nearly all of you who had rooms for this trip responding to our poll that you were interested in this fun trip, we
    have arranged for a round trip shuttle to/from our hotel and special discounted pricing on this historic railroad BBQ

    Our private shuttle will pick us up from our hotel and take us to the Skunk Train station, departing Fort Bragg at 3:
    30PM on this 5-hour journey with a dinner stop at Northspur. "ALL ABOARD" as we  set out on our afternoon
    adventure back in time on the Skunk Train. Traveling among towering trees, deer drinking from the Noyo River, an
    isolated fisherman's cabin peeking from the forest and possibly a glimpse of Sasquatch (aka Bigfoot). With
    occasional whistles as the train chugs through tunnels, over bridges and past open meadows, the train follows the
    coastal "Redwood Route" as it has since 1885. Our train will stop at the mid-point North Spur. On the menu is
    Barbecued Chicken or Tri-Tip (beef), Corn on the Cob, Baked Beans, Green Salad, Potato Salad, Three Bean
    Salad,Bread, and their famous Blackberry Sundae for dessert.

    BACC Skunk Train Sunset BBQ Excursion Includes:

  • Chartered Round trip bus shuttle from Hotel to Skunk Train

  • Round trip Train ride to North Spur Station mid-point of the Skunk Train RR

  • BBQ Dinner

  • $75/person

    Cobra's to the Coast '14 will feature a spirited drive up the coast through picturesque coastal towns, an awesome
    location  picnic lunch on the coast and a brief stop in Mendocino before reaching our destination for the day in Fort Bragg.

    Saturday after breakfast will provide time to explore the area:

    Mendocino Visitors Guide <link>

    Willits- 52 minutes east from Fort Bragg via Hwy 20, which is a scenic tree lined drive, and your in Willits. Willits Frontier
    Days is the highlight of the year in Willits. Unfortunately we will miss that by 2 weeks. There are some downtown shops
    and a number of places to grab some Lunch before returning to Fort Bragg. Willits is also the eastern terminus for the
    Skunk train.

    Fort Bragg- Home to the famous Skunk train railroad check out one of their excursions- Tracks to Kayaks- Fort Bragg to
    Northspur . Not into trains how about a stroll through the Mendocino Botanical gardens. Not into flora how about picking
    up some deli sandwiches and heading to the beach or stay in town and visit some of the many downtown shop and
    galleries. Of course you will work up an appetite and/or get a little thirsty so how about stopping by North Coast Brewing
    for a cold on and a bite to eat. Want something other than "pub grub" check out one of these local lunch spots.   

    Mendocino- This quaint seaside town offers many galleries and shops with items crafted by local artisans or for the
    adventurous how about sea kayaking. or one of the other suggested activities in the area.No matter what you decide to
    do in Mendocino you will work up an appetite and your lunch options are all in easy walking distance.

    Elk-take a scenic drive to Elk for Lunch
    then explore this little town before heading back north. This route takes a scenic redwood lined inland route after crossing
    the Navaro River on Hwy 1. the route ends just south of Elk and should take approx.  50 minutes. The drive back to Fort
    Bragg should take approx.37 minutes.

    Our return trip on Sunday will take us inland through the inter-coastal redwoods and wine regions of the Anderson and
    Napa valley's as we wind our way back home.

    Who's Coming: Cobra's to the Coast Roster   
    (To print this roster Open the link (Click) then right click your mouse and select Print)

    Cobra's to the Coast Route

    We will be meeting at the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center in Novato (Rowland Rd. Exit from Highway 101)

    The shopping center is big so to make it easier for folks to spot our group as they arrive in other groups. and because
    with 36 cars we need a larger area, when you get there Please park near Starbucks/DSW Shoes

    In the shopping center you will find:
  • Starbuck's
  • Panera Bread (Pastries & sandwiches)
  • Subway Sandwiches
  • IHop (breakfast)
  • Gas-
  •      Chevron
  •      Matt & Jeff's Carwash

    Departure: We will be departing at 9:00AM

    If you plan on eating of purchasing your lunch please arrive early enough to make your purchase or eat AND GET GAS.

    General Route information:
    The route is broken into 3 planned stops.
    We will be traveling a total of approximately 147 miles
    If you prefer to drive at a more leisurely less "spirited" pace, please drive toward the back of the caravan
    There are virtually NO SERVICES between our stops please make sure you have enough gas to make it on each leg.
    There are no rest areas on this section of the coast, there is a state park and regional park however, both will charge the
    day use rate to use their facilities ($8/car)
    If you need to pull over for a non-emergency reason, please wave others by to avoid help pulling over needlessly

    First Stop Bodega Bay: 41 MILES/ 51MINUTES (we will be here approx. 20min)
    1 76 gas station (8 PUMPS  and restrooms inside)
    Park across the street at The Tides (The Tides Wharf Fish Market and Wine Shop offer fresh seafood, gourmet food
    items, wines, liquor and food to go – clam chowder, deli meats, cheeses, oysters on the half shell and shrimp cocktails)

    Second Stop: Gualala: 47.8 MILES/ 1hr 22min (we will be here approx. 15min)
    76 (8 pumps & restrooms)
    Chevron (8 pumps & restrooms)

    Lunch Stop: (we will be here approx. 2hrs)

    Our lunch stop is only 1.4 miles from Gualala.
  • Since lunch is not being provided and there are no services available you will need to bring whatever you plan on
    eating & drinking
  • This is a private residence and we are guests
  • There is plenty of room to park, picnic and explore.
  • There are restrooms facilities available
  • There is seating in a number of areas on the grounds however, you may wish to bring a blanket or chairs

    So where are we going............................. Cobra's to the Coast Lunch

    Fort Bragg: 57.9 MILES/ 1hr 22min
    We should arrive at our hotel at around 3:30PM. There are no formal plans for the evening however, as usually is the
    case someone will most likely open a bottle after we get settled and that will lead to another and get the

    Dinner on Friday is open ( for dinner ideas see Yelp, TripAdvisor and/or Mendocino Visitors Guide
    *Remember, if you do make dinner reservations make them for more folks so others can join you

    Saturday Breakfast- The Harbor Lite has continental breakfast, if you want more to eat there are cafes close by.

    Saturday Activities- The agenda is open for exploring the area. For those who will be taking the Skunk train evening
    BBQ Excursion we will start the shuttle from the hotel around 2:15 PM for our trains scheduled 3:30 PM departure from Ft.
    Bragg Station.

    Sunday- Our route home is being finalized and since weather is always a consideration we will most likely include a
    couple of options.
BACC Cobra's to the Coast
Mendocino/Fort Bragg
July 25-27
BACC Cobra's to the Coast
Mendocino/Fort Bragg
July 25-27