Eureka! …Or Thereabouts

From Fort Bragg we opted to take highway 20 inland and up highway 101 to drive The Avenue of The Giants. If the weather had cooperated we would have found a place to park The Beast and take Zippy (the tow car) into the redwoods, and find a good hike or two. As it was we just continued right on through… all 53′ feet of Beast and Zippy. That alone is an adventure on this twisty, narrow roadway. There are places where those huge redwoods are so close to the road, you have to take your half out of the middle in order to save your paint job!

So on we went to our next campsite… Emerald Forest RV park in Trinidad, just north of Eureka. We set up camp as it was getting dark and headed into the tiny little town for a bite to eat at The Eatery. If you’re ever in the area and hungry, they make some killer Clam Chowder!

The next morning we set out with Sadie to hike Trinidad Head Trail, which is only a 1.7 mile loop with 314′ elevation gain. Just a few months ago this would have been very doo-able for her, but age is setting in, along with horrible arthritis. I let John go all the way to the top, while I shortened my hike to take her back down. She’s down to short walks around the campground at this stage of the game. It’s hard for me to accept after hiking what must have been hundreds of miles of trails with her and Jazzy over the years.

I did manage to get a few shots of College Cove Beach and a hummingbird I spotted on a branch some distance away. I was surprised to see her since there was not a flower in sight.

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College Cove Beach, Trinidad

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College Cove Beach, Trinidad

Trinidad, California, USA

Female hummingbird, which makes her hard to identify at this distance

After that we left Sadie behind in the comfort of the motorhome (deeply shaded) while we set out for another hike. This one took us a bit north into where the Redwood National and State Parks butt up to one another. Trillium Falls was a refreshing 2.6 mile hike, with a gain of 433′ in elevation deep in the redwoods, The Washington girl in me loves the quiet of the forest, and in this case we didn’t see another soul on the trail.

Redwood State Park, California, USA

Redwood tree and newbie (from the looks of it)

Redwood State Park, California, USA

Redwoods, Trillium Falls Trail

Redwood State Park, California, USA

Sunlight penetrating the depth of the redwoods, Trillium Falls Trail

Trillium Falls Trail, Redwood State Park, California, USA

Trillium Falls

Redwood State Park, California, USA

John… deep in though, deep in the redwoods, Trillium Falls Trail

Redwood State Park, California, USA

Lush and green, Trillium Falls Trail

Redwood State Park, California, USA

Skunk Cabbage in bloom, Trillium Falls Trail

And later that afternoon we drove into Eureka. In addition to a few errands, we checked out some of the old and quaint Queen Anne architecture, such as the Carson Mansion, and Painted Lady and more. There were many I didn’t shoot because of bad lighting and parked cars and such, but it’s an incredible place to drive through if you enjoy Queen Anne architecture.

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Carson Mansion, Eureka

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A Queen Anne classic… “Painted Lady”, Eureka

Eureka, California, USA

Another colorful Queen Anne

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We stumbled upon this wall while turning around in the Queen Anne area of Eureka

The following morning we set out once again, crossing the border into Oregon, but not before making another stop to the same turn off to Trillium Falls Trail. I had a hunch we’d find the magnificent Rosevelt Elk, and we did! They were stripping the limbs of new spring leaves, while a few took the time to spar somewhat playfully. Twas not the season for the real thing.

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Rosevelt Elk

Orick, California, USA

Rosevelt Elk bulls practice sparring

Orick, California, USA

Bulls will be bulls, Rosevelt Elk

I will leave it at that for this post, and start fresh when we cross into Oregon. Spoiler alert… the Detour from Hell was just ahead!

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