You yearn for a time when email had not yet been invented while your pup yearns for a time before screen doors, and Mendocino National Forest is the ideal travel destination for you both. When you enter the forest, it feels like you have passed through a time warp. California’s only national park without a paved road, the park preserves 913,000 acres, including four wilderness areas. Two- and four-legged nature lovers will delight in the many rivers and lakes scattered throughout the park, including the Eel River and Lake Pillsbury, as well as trailheads and campgrounds galore. The dense forest canopy is made up of the leaves of coast Douglas-fir, Ponderosa Pine, White Fir, and Tanoak, among other varieties of trees, some of them as old as 2,000 years. Old growth forests are punctuated by plains on which herds of tule elk graze without a care on wild clovers and grasses. That attitude is catching for two- and four-legged visitors wanting to get away from it all. Keep it simple and book pet-friendly accommodations in peaceful Northern California.