Vern Bonham III
Vern Bonham III
Shelter Cove Realty
Garberville, CA
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Rene Reeves
Brokers assistant

Vern would like to welcome Rene Reeves as my Brokers assistant. Rene is currently working on her license and will be a great addition to the Southern Humboldt Team!    


Hey there Everyone!!! Tom "Turbo" Boyd is a dedicated NASA racer!!  #1 not just in the USA but in the world after several years of racing!! Hey that is a big thing for a guy to do today especially from here in the Cove!! He works full time with TNT drywall, fixes his car on his own and then travels all over the place to Race!! Pretty huge! Awesome Job Tom!! Way to go!! Livin the dream from Shelter Cove!!!    

Shelter Cove Weather

This is a picture Taken during one of our snow storms. This is actually Paradise Ridge, above the Cove, taken by Carrie Hebard. Most people think that Shelter Cove is located right on the Coast so we don't get any snow..... Well, here is the proof that we do. The mountains around us actually are around 1,000 to over 2,000 feet elevation so when a front comes through that is a little cool we get snow. This snow lasted about 3-4 days and there were a lot of people who ended up leaving their cars and trucks on the mountain. Call ahead for road and weather conditions........ It is a long walk to the Cove from Paradise Ridge!! LOL    

Cody Bruckenstein

US ARMY. spent his time in Afganistan.....Cody grew up right around the corner from me in Garberville and is a friend of the family!! He Graduated from South Fork High. Cody loves the outdoors.... his dad was the game I guess that runs in the family. A super person! God bless you Cody and thank you for your service!!! You are a Hero! Good Luck in your Marriage! She is beautiful!    

This is My Son, Michael Bonham

One of the finest men I know! My Son......    

Devon Brooks

Devon Brooks, USMC and his little Brother Garret Brooks, US Army. I Coached Devon for many years in Football. Tough, Fast and committed! Could ask him to do anything and he would get it done! Go Devon!    

Antonio "Tones" Martinez

Another one of my Football Players! Fortuna High! 
He still calls me "Coach". Respectful, Tough as nails and a hell of a guy! Kick ass Tones!

Garrett Brooks
U.S. Army

Garrett is a, long time, family friend!!  Fortuna High School Graduate..... Hero material all the way!  Hooah.... Garrett! Keep in touch!

Niko Fiorani

Niko, a friend of the family! Joined the US MARINE CORPS. He's a Fortuna High Grad and my Hero! HOOORRAAAAA Nico! God on ya dude!!    

Our Friend and Local Hero Marine Ian R. Flores

This is another of our local Heros and his Proud Dad, Fred Flores! I have had the pleasure of knowing Ian and his Family for about 4 years. They lived just down the street from me, in Fortuna and they are a great family. Salt of the Earth!! Ian joined the Marines right out of High School. Ian is Tall, Red and All American stuff and a full Red Blooded Marine!!! 
He is now and forever, OUR HERO!!!!! Love ya man!! God Keep you safe always!

Sunrise in Shelter Cove! 

Sunrise can be just as beautiful as the sunsets. IF, you're up early and real quiet...... you can sneak up on the sunrise and catch it just as it comes over the coastal range. I love the mornings here in the Cove almost as much at mid-day, dusk, and nights!! Kind of a all-round place to live!    

My Cousin Sgt Jeff in Afganistan

My Cousin, Jeff, who served his country in Afghanistan. Jeff, You and those who serve with you are my personal heros. I pray you all come home safe and sound.  God bless you all!! 

Jeff writes, "I Would like to take a moment to share his undying devotion to a group of outstanding Americans. Those who served this nation with dignity and respect. And most important of all, those who are no longer with us, who gave all, so we, as Americans, can have the freedoms we so proudly have today. To all Veteran's today. I salute you!"

To ALL My Heros

My Heros are those young men and women who serve this great land in every corner of the world! They are the ones giving their all for our Freedom! My Heros are those men and women who honor God! Those men and women who are dedicated to honoring their vows of marriage and service to their relationships. This country has lost its soul in its "throw away" society. Why stay with someone for 50 years or a lifetime when there is something to be offered by dishonorable Men and Women everywhere. What is Love anyway? Is it the act of throwing in the Towel for some "Dream" you might have? Or is it in the act of honoring your partner and working through any problem you might have in your marriage? Falling victim to "Lust" and "desire" has brought dishonor to all of society. To all men and women who have a relationship with their God!! I believe in marriage and honor! I find that the relationship that God binds together is worth saving!! It is too easy to throw it all away! Trying to Walk with Christ in all I do...... 

Vern Bonham Jr. June 26th 1938 to November 5th 2007 My Father and The greatest man I have ever known!!

Dad was called home to our Lord Jesus November 5th 2007. Surrounded by his family Dad made the final trek onto the trail of mystery we are all destined to travel. Those that knew him will forever remember his quick wit, smile and his piercing hazel eyes. Foremost, My Father loved his family. He loved a good dog, tilling the ground with his tractor and walking in the woods on ground, "steeper than a goat's face". He loved to cut wood and the smell of the forest after it, "Rained so hard it sounded like a cat on a hot tin roof'. His skill with a guitar and old songs, like the "Big Speckled Bird" and "Johnny went down in a bucket" are all now great memories. My Dad was a Great Man, Husband, Father and Grandfather. He touched many lives during the course of his life and he leaves behind a legacy of leadership and service with many public and community organizations. He was a man of the old school. A handshake and his word were his bond. He was honest to a fault and worked hard to provide guidance to his family and his community. He will be forever missed and will surely not be forgotten. God just don't make em like my Dad anymore!! PLEASE, if you have a story or dad made an impression on you please leave your thoughts online for all to see!


I have been a very lucky man. I have loved with the depth of the oceans and as high as the heavens above. I am in search of the peace and joy, that The love of the Lord Christ, promises me. He has reaffirmed himself to me in random acts of his touch. Through complete strangers. People who I didn't know and in new friends. God bless each one of you! I have not learned to look beyond the pain but am trying to embrace it with the love that Christ would want me to and I am still heavy in the heart & soul. I pray for forgiveness not only for me but for her. I pray for the family that I had. My pain and suffering is in the Lord Jesus' hands. Jesus has affirmed that HE IS with me and all of us. We only have to ask him and he is there. Praise God! 

God be with you all today and may you walk with him always and thank you for your thoughts and prayers. 

"... for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Hebrews 13:5b KJV 

"Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee... And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed. "Deuteronomy 31:6, 8 KJV 

"For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6 KJV 

"... and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:20b KJV 

"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;... " Isaiah 61:1 KJV (Speaking of Jesus) 

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised," Luke 4:18 KJV (Jesus speaking of Himself in quoting Isaiah 61:1) 

"The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, And saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18 KJV 

"He heals the brokenhearted, And binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3 KJV 

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. " Isaiah 26:3 KJV 

"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. " Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV 

"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 KJV 

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you... I can do all things through Him who strengthens me... And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. " Philippians 4:6-9, 13, 19 NASB 

Even if no one else on earth understands what we are going through... Jesus, Who is God ("... if you've seen Me, Phillip you've seen the Father... I and the Father are one..."), understands and he will bring us through because His love for us is greater than all other loves. 

Always remember that God loves you and has a plan for your life, even when the storm around the boat seems impossible to survive... Jesus reached out His hand and rescued Peter from the dark angry tumultuous waves and then with a word He calmed the storm!!!! HE is coming!!!!! 

All God's richest blessings to all the children in Christ! 

We do get Snow!

We do get snow on the tops of the mountains coming into the Cove! This road into the Cove can be treacherous. Be sure to watch the weather if you are coming to the Cove! Cold nights and north storms bring the potential for snow and ice. The road is hazardous when it is Dry!! Add some snow and ice to the equation and even this small amount of snow on these steep roads almost always leads to "slip, sliddin away. Call me first or get online with Be careful! God Bless you all!    

Cape Mendocino Lighthouse

The original location of the Cape Mendocino Lighthouse at Punta Gorda overlooking one of the most trecherous areas of the Ocean on the California Coast!    

Cape Mendocino Lighthouse

The lighthouse as it sat overlooking the Ocean at Punta Gorda just before it was moved to Shelter Cove!!    

Mario and the Lighthouse

"Pop" Machi, Mario and his Brothers, Babe and Tony, were instrumental in the development of Shelter Cove and its fishing history. One of the things I remember as a kid is "Pop Machi" rowing to the Bell buoy and back to the Beach in a small green wooden boat! He would come back with a full limit of Salmon almost everytime! Did you catch the word, Row! Mario Machi was my teacher and school bus driver in high school and it wasn't until I came back from college that I found out that Mario was in the Philipines and survived the march of Batan. It humbled me to know that the man driving my school bus was a real American Hero. The Machi Family will always be considered the founding family of Shelter Cove.    

Shelter Cove Northern Approach

Shelter Cove has seen some changes over the last 60 years! You'll see even more over the coming years!! Be part of it!! 

The Shelter Cove Subdivision in 1963

Shelter Cove, as it looked when I first moved here. This View is looking from Landis Road back toward All the Cove Court Cul-d-sacs, Shelter Cove Road, Nob Hill Road and Redwood Road. Notice there are no fir trees.    

Sunrise at the Cove

Sunrises are just as impressive as the sunsets. This rising sun was acheived on 10-09 at 6am just as the sun cleared the mountains and the clearing of the morning fog. Oh what God gives us each day! Walk with him daily and be blessed!    

Original Shelter Cove Sales Team

This photo shows the original sales staff out showing lots in the subdivision back in 1965! 
Good Old Dodge Darts. You should have seen them after a day on the dirt roads. As kids we made a lot of "Big Bucks" washing cars. $1 per car.

Captain Doug Wolleat and his C-135 Crew

Shelter Cove Lot Owner, Captain, Doug Wolleat and his C-135 crew. They served in the skys around the world for all of us in the USA. American Heros who continue to serve this great country! God Bless you all!    

The Roosevelt Elk from the Sinkeyone

You have to be careful during the Spring when the BIG Roosevelt Elk like to wander around, eating their way, along Bear Creek and the Shelter Cove Road. They come out of nowhere and they will make a big dent in your car or truck!    

A Big Wave Day! Winter Storm

Yes, we get some good storms! With them, sometimes, we get a good swell. This is what they look like on an eight foot high tide with a 20 foot swell! The WOW factor was definetly in the eyes of the owners on the oceanfront that day I can tell ya!!    

Firefighting from the Air

Awesome Firefighting from the Air with New Jet Technology!! Awesome!!    

My Nephew Jhon Bonham with proud parents.

My Nephew Jhon is raising his family and Graduated from the Ione Fire Academy a couple years back!! See how proud his parents are!! Jhon is now stationed at as an crew captain in Garberville!! Eat Smoke Jhon!! Lots of Action this year!!    

My Brother Rick...... Helitack back in the Day.... same helitack station as Jhon now!

My Brother Rick loved this job!! Just like his son Jhon today! Fireaters all of us!!    

Amy finds her BIG AB

This is a super story! Matt and Amy Micheli own a home here in the Cove and Amy has really taken to diving for Abalone with Matt. They came out hunting for a 10 inch ab so they went cruising around on their jet ski looking for spots on a beauty "blue bird" dive day. Matt pulls up to likely spot and tells Amy, "Dive on down there and see if there are any big abs". This is the one she came up with. Matt almost fell off the jetski!! Way to go Amy!! 10 1/2" keeper! 
Matt did hook-up for a 9 inch ab and conceeded to "diver defeat" to his lovely bride?? I'll bet this picture will live on the wall until Matt can find one bigger or Amy will find it for him!!! Uh-Oh the competition begins!!

Shelter Cove Abalone

These abs were taken by Vern, right in the Cove. If you like abalone, you'll love diving in the waters around the Cove! On a bluebird day, when the sky is blue and there is no surge you can see the abalone from the surface. IF, you look hard there are 10 inchers down there! Just look at Amy's picture above this one!! 
IF, you look real harder and get real lucky you might find one over 12 inches. They ARE still around! HIDING!! 

Turbo Tom goes NASA, Racing that is!!

Tom "Turbo" Boyd is our local racing hero!! Win or Lose Turbo Tom is a winner in Shelter Cove. "TNT Drywall"!! 707-986-1621 Turbo has won the several NASA championships over the years! Way to go Tom!! Turbo has been a Racing Fan forever and is now living his dream. His new endeavor has taken him to NASA racing and got him a new race car. His biggest sponsor is "Outcast SportFishing" here in Shelter Cove. Looking for a great time fishing the Northcoast give "Outcast Sportfishing" a call!! 707-986-9842 
Tell em Vern sent ya!!

Turbo Tom and his Perfect King

Looking for the perfect King too? Shelter Cove has a few of these Big Boys lurking under the boat every year!! Just ask Turbo, he'll tell ya!! Tom is the man for all your sheetrock and drywall installs. Give him a call and talk fish first!! It is part of the lifestyle!!    

Jim Mabe and his Dad with the Catch of the day!

A great day of fishing here in the Cove!  This is just a few of the fine fish had off the coast of Shelter Cove!

The Three Verns

My dad, Vernon R Bonham Jr, Broker, passed away a couple years ago. I miss him everyday! 
Michael Vernon R Bonham IV, My Son, Just entered College and is looking into his future with a bright outlook and enthusiasm! 
Vernon R Bonham III, Broker, still working at the Cove, for you, and is looking into the future with uncertainty.

34 lb Salmon

Michael actually caught this big hog on his pole and brought it to the boat!! I caught the little one! This is what they look like!! Eat your heart out or come up and get one for yourself! 

Len Zerlin, Client and Hero!!

Len Zerlin 19 years old WWII 
An American Hero!

A Client and Hero through and through!!

Len Zerlin, A Friend & Hero! 
Happy Birthday Len, 12-10-12

Shelter Cove Resident, Ron Jones! RIP! Vietnam Vet

Our Friend, Ron Jones, has been a resident of the Cove almost as long as I've been here. RIP Ron! 
2 tours of duty in Vietnam. An American Hero!

Summer Sunset

Views from High on top of the hill above the Cove are so dramatic that it can be overwhelming! See............ there's a tear in your eye!    

Mike Hooper and his Epic Aircraft

Mike Hooper, Client and Friend is the Chief Pilot and Vice President of Sales for Epic aircraft. He helped build this beauty!! Carbon Fiber design and faaaassstttt!!

Client and Hero in the Middle East

Dan & Alli Patak, A-10 Warthog Pilots. 
American Heros! A Husband and Wife Team 
that are serving for the Red, White and 
Blue and you!

Beautiful Downtown Shelter Cove

The Cove, On a clear day from the Top of the Hill on Toth road!    

Big Bull Elk in the Cove!

This Big Bull Elk came down the mountain from Hidden Valley and decided to snack on some of the golfcourse grass. You can tell from the look on his face that the Shelter Cove Golfcourse Grass is sweet and tastes great not to mention the sunset he got to watch as he ate his meal!    

Seal Rock

They don't call it seal rock for nothing!!    

Skydiving Adventure 

What an exciting adventure. Michael Vernon Jumping from a Plane at 13,000 feet over Lodi, California. Experiencing this with him was Spencer Anaya, Brian Sissen and Taylor Peterson. What's next for this crew?? Base Jumping?    

Bring your Mountain Bike

Shelter Cove offers some great Mountain Biking! You can peddle Upper and Lower Pacific or any of the side streets for a quad satisfying burn OR the B.L.M has just finished several Mountain Bike trails on Paradise Ridge, Kings Range road and they are fun!! Bring a helmet and stop at the station just over the hill for a map!!    

Little Black Sand Beach

One of the best spots for pictures in the Cove! 
Little Black Sand Beach at the Northern end of the Cove!

Snow in the Kings Range

Yes, we get snow from time to time. Never challenge the road to Highway 101 when it is like this. Grab a hot toddy and sit!    

Surf crashing on the rocks

This event happens so often that the locals don't even see it or hear it after awhile. Come into the Cove and enjoy mother natures private symphony!!    

Don Swan!  Vietnam vet.  Has one of the fastest BMW's Ive ever been scared as heck to be in!!  Rolled it at laguna seca speedway during a race a couple years back!  

Northcoast Views

The big views, like this one, are hard to come by. Even harder are the sweeping views of 90 to 180 degrees. If you find one you better buy it! 
We just happen to have a few of these available if you're looking. Give us a call and we'll see what we can find for you!

Sunset from the Top of the Hill

This is an example of the Stunning Sunsets that can be had from the top of the hill above the Cove!! Breathtaking isn't it?    

Shelter Cove Sunset.

Don't you just love that God gave us some color, like this, to brighten up our lives! Wow, what a picture!    

Southcoast Views!

This is an example of the Southcoast views! 
This is a very hard one to get from the lots on top of the hill!!    

Ed Freeman, Hero Vietnam, Rest in Peace

Ed Freeman, Hero to many................ 

You're an 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley , 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, Vietnam . Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8 - 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in. You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you're not getting out. Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day. 

Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see an un-armed Huey, but it doesn't seem real, because no Medi-Vac markings are on it. 
Ed Freeman is coming for you. He's not Medi-Vac, so it's not his job, but he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come. He's coming anyway. And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board. Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the Doctors and Nurses. And, he kept coming back.... 13 more times..... And took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out. 

Medal of Honor Recipient, Ed Freeman,died last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise, ID ......May God rest his soul..... I bet you didn't hear about this hero's Passing, but we sure were told a whole Bunch about some Hip-Hop Coward Beating the crap out of his "girlfriend"! 

Prayer for our Soldiers around the world!


"Lord Jesus, 
Please hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us all, each day, in so many parts of the world. 

Freedom isn't Free!

Shelter Cove Realty, Vern Bonham III, Broker is very proud of the Men and Women who have fought in the conflicts of the past and those that are fighting to maintain our way of Life today. To all of you that have stepped up to the plate for us, Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the sacrifice you and your families have made! My prayers go out to you all!! Please return safely to your Families, your Homes and the Country who owes you the deepest of gratitude! God Bless you all and Walk with God each and everyday!!    

Vern Bonham III
Shelter Cove Realty
P.O. Box 896
Garberville, CA 95542
Office: 707-499-2831
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Vern Bonham III, Broker

Shelter Cove Realty,

Coastal Land & Home Specialist since 1972

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We met Vern about a year ago and not only did we find him to be the most knowledgable real estate agent in the Cove but he is no doubt the friendliest and most honest real estate agent we have ever met!! He knows "how to live" in the Cove". He says he knows the Cove and he does!! Vern has made us feel like we are prepared to live our dream in Shelter Cove! Vern is an invaluable friend and a real asset to the community! Give him a call..... you'll be doing yourself a favor!! Matt & Delisa Shimon, Shelter Cove Home Owner
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