Well, this trip was a while ago but intervening new knee, broken leg and election that all behaved badly – it’s taken time. For the lowdown on where I’ve been or not been this past year please see Not Walking.
I’ll start with last fall’s trip to Ukiah, an hour north of Santa Rosa, CA.
On the way to Ukiah, there are several treats. One is Real Goods in Hopland and the other we went to for the first time is the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.
City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
How could we have passed over this place a with a name like City of Ten Thousand Buddhas? We finally visited this beautiful 700 acre campus in Talmage. It looked familiar. I think because it used to be a state hospital, like the one in Glen Ellen. The Dharma Realm Buddhist Association purchased the land in 1974. It now houses several halls, library, museum, schools and university.
Since I was not walking well, we only visited the Visitor Center and the hall with the 10,000 Buddhas. I did not count, but it was an impressive and peaceful experience. I can understand protecting the buddhas, but the plastic coverings dulled the ambiance.
The City has classes and events open to all and sometimes has events in downtown Ukiah. The restaurant and bookstore were not open the day we were there. Check in at the Administration Building or click 10,000 Buddhas for more information.
Vichy Spring Resort
Vichy Spring Resort in Ukiah was started in1854. Native Americans enjoyed the springs for over thousands of years before that. We just visited last fall. Please explore the history on their website. When you visit you can imagine the previous visitors like Jack London and Mark Twain.
Not that I could walk them but there are 700 acres of wooded trails around the resort’s buildings and spring area. I did enjoy the carbonated mineral bath and the hot soaking pool. After fine massages, we were almost fully melted. We never got around to enjoying the large swimming pool but did enjoy our old-fashioned room and tasty breakfast. (You could enjoy a variety of accommodations or day visit the springs.)
Low Gap Park
Across from the Ukiah High School on Low Gap Road is a Mendocino Regional Park of 80 acres called Low Gap Park on Orr Creek. It is packed with many kinds of recreation (playground, picnic area, skate park, disc golf, hiking trails, archery range, horseshoe pits, amphitheater and an amazing dog park.)
The dog park is divided into a section for Large and Brave Dogs and one for Small and Shy Dogs.
Mike did take a short walk into the oak woodlands on a rough dirt trail along the creek. (Mike’s picture.) Check Ukiah Valley Trail Group for a map of the couple of miles of trail here.
Grace Hudson Museum
Close to downtown Ukiah is the Grace Hudson Museum. Exhibits change from time to time, but the museum focuses on Grace Hudson’s art and the culture of Native Americans. Grace Hudson studied art at the San Francisco School of Design in the 1880s. She came to focus on painting the portraits of many Pomo people.
Pomo basketry is featured in the museum. We were stunned by the intricacy and beauty of these useful baskets.
The Sun House
Next door is the Sun House where Grace and her husband John lived starting in 1911. Docents lead tours of this gorgeous Craftsman style home. Grace had a painting studio here.
If you love the details of this period you’ll relish this house. As I imagined actually living here, it seemed a little ‘rustic.’ (Maybe if I had a cook and a better bed.)
We had a busy few days in Ukiah and thoroughly enjoyed visiting places we hadn’t been to before. What fun for a supposed familiar place. Of course, we ate well at Schat’s Bakery and Cafe, Patrona, Chop Chop, and for a sports bar fix, Crush.
See you on the trail!
Words and pictures by Lynn Millar (oh, my phone went dead, it’s Mike’s picture of the Buddhas.)