Posts Tagged With: Humboldt County

Our Lost Coast Adventure

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Not knowing exactly what to expect, and having heard so much about it, we decided to check out the drive along the northern section of California’s Lost Coast in Humboldt County.
We moved to Humboldt County in 1986, and lived there for 4 years, so we were aware of how remote some areas can be.  We’ve always been just a bit intimidated to head into the unknown, especially in the forested areas of Humboldt.

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Our trip began in the Victorian village of Ferndale where the road led us up, up, up, out of the fog.  We would pass through the small communities of Petrolia and Honeydew on our way back towards Highway 101 just north of Weott.  A few isolated homes, ranches and herds of cattle dotted the landscape.  Eventually we caught a glimpse of the ocean and began to twist our way back down to sea level.

We discovered a beautiful rocky beach where we couldn’t resist stretching our legs.  Reg insisted I climb up on one of the larger rocks where I tried to create my best “Little Mermaid” pose.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was coming upon a herd of zebras!  “Stop,” I shouted.  I had to get a picture.   Who’d believe zebras roamed Humboldt County?

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Like an oasis, the town of Petrolia (small and pretty darn isolated) lay ahead as we came over a rise.  The town market was a bustling place where a woman was busy flipping hamburgers.  A UPS driver patiently awaited his lunch.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStopping for our tailgate picnic, we had second thoughts about missing out on those burgers!

Eventually we arrived back at Highway 101, no worse for the wear.  We had envisioned long stretches of a dusty gravel road with steep drop offs and multiple washboards; a bit of a white knuckle ride. What we found was a well kept road, steep but newly paved in spots, scattered ranches and communities surrounded with breathtaking scenery.  Certainly nothing to be scared of!

 

 

 

 

 

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Tall ships, tall trees grace northern California’s coast

Tall ships make a stop in the Eureka harbor.

A young sailor tells Sue about his ship.

 

Our visit to Eureka, California, coincided with the arrival of tall ships Lady Washington, above left, and the Hawaiian Chieftan.

The Lady Washington, as HMS Interceptor, was featured in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

The ships offer educational tours and voyages as they travel up and down the Pacific Coast.

The company offers two-week internships aboard the ships. We were tempted for a moment or two.

The view from the town of Trinidad in northern Humboldt County.

These three coastal redwoods may appear to be one tree in a few hundred years. The world's tallest tree resides nearby.

 

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Old Town Eureka shines like new

The Carson Mansion, built in 1884-1886, continues to stand watch over Old Town Eureka. Once owned by lumber baron William Carson, it has been a private club since 1950.

We spent four years in Garberville, California soon after we were married. The population was about 1300 back then and Eureka was “the big city” we drove to for much of our shopping. It's always fun for us to revisit Old Town Eureka to see what has changed (and what hasn't) since we first wandered through the historic district 30 years ago.

We were pleased to see so many of the beautiful old Victorian buildings renovated, brightly painted and home to a variety of shops, cafes and professionals. We even recognized a few of our old favorites that have survived the recent economic ups and downs

The Milton Carson home was a wedding gift from lumber baron William Carson to his son.

Pride of ownership is spreading outward from the historic center.

The Arkley Center for the Performing Arts provides an array of cultural events.

For many of these buildings renovations continue both inside and out.

Architectural detail and Victorian era color schemes bring these old buildings to life.

Eureka is located on the Northern California coast in Humboldt county. U.S. Highway 101 will guide you right downtown, but not before first leading you through beautiful coastal redwood forests that blanket the area.

There is plenty of lodging available in town…or the more adventurous can pitch a tent amongst the redwoods in nearby campgrounds or state parks.

 

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