Just returning from a very wet and foggy trip to the Garcia River in Mendocino County. I consider the trail I walk on to be one of the truly wild places I visit. Although the Stornettas Lands' 500 acres are surrounded by farmland this area has been left untouched for many years and is free of visual, noise and odorous pollution. This time of year the flora is very lush and very overgrown, with huge fennel and other wetland plants. The profusion of wildflowers is overpowering and a vast statement on how trimmed and manicured many of our parks have become. I like places (and animals) that are just left alone to be themselves.