Coast Inn & Spa
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Today, we visited the Van Damme State Park, the place we would have camped at if it was not for the weather forecast. We went hiking on the Fern Canyon trail, which was 3.5 miles one way, and another 3.5 miles back. The trail was probably longer, but we stopped at 3.5 miles. The trail was nice, but the only negative thing about it ...
... and 350 plus feet tall. Ya don't see those every day. We would get out and take short hikes through the forest, taking everything in. The trees come right down to the road, but the real monsters are usually a short walk.
The forest is so lush and so dense, with ferns, clover, and all matter of vegetation growing, even in the middle of winter. There is so much green here, odd for us to see in December. As for how dense ...
... before 10am, we would have been hanging around for quite a while. With no front brakes, wet roads, a slow puncture and no rubber left on the back brake, the three mile cycle to the motel for Steve was not much fun, especially the downhill sections where shoes had to be dragged along the Tarmac in order to stop. It was like being six years old again but this time carrying a vast amount of luggage... Not surprisingly, some bike maintenance was required before the early start in the ...
... Coast Guard station appears on our right. Their surf boats stand ready to head out anytime day or night to rescue mariners who need assistance.
We glide on past the "Coasties" and turn into the marina. It's chock full of commercial fishing boats. There are a few sport fishing boats and a sailboat or two. However there is no question, this is a working port. We pass a bunch of dockless pilings, the result of the last tsunami. Finally we turn ...
... to the suggested safe speed you should navigate an upcoming corner. I noted that most of the time you could be going 5-10 miles per hour faster than the sign states but learned it wise to not trust that margin. Some of those signs are right on as to the maximum safe speed...with a narrow tired Model A anyway.
We pulled into Fort Bragg, the end of our drive for today, at 6:30. I am ...