Eureka!!!! Warmer weather!

Trip Start Dec 11, 2010
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Friday, April 22, 2011

After a quick food shop at Safeway...I managed to get the girl to give me a discount card even though we aren't residents...we got driving straight away.
The plan for the morning was to drive down the 101 to Eureka with detours for scenic routes within the redwood national park.
We took the roof off and enjoyed the sunshine! First time in a while..the road wound around the cliff edges of the northern Californian coast line and then into the redwood forest. Amazing how much the scenery changes inland. Wanting to cook some eggs for breakfast we pulled into a carpark and fried away. We then followed the cathedral trees trail which took us 1 mile deep into the redwood forest. First stop on the walk was to admire "big tree" who is over 1500years old. I think it would take at least 8 people outstretched holding hands to complete a circle of the circumference. We then wandered along marveling at the sheer size of so many of these trees. Looking at how they had intertwined and even twisted themselves. The turning point of the trail was the Cathedral trees which looked like it had come from one root base but with about 7 trunks coming off it...making a space in the middle of the tree that you could actually stand in...pretty cool!
We continued our drive into the town of Eureka where we stopped at the Lost Brewery for lunch on strong recommendation from our American travel advisors, Park and Lisa. It was fantastic. We shared a soup and burger and enjoyed the 10 beer tasting plate...I don't really drink beer but alot were light with fruity flavours, which I much preferred.

We continued the drive to Fort Bragg through the "avenue of giants". This is about a 35 mile stretch of beautiful redwood forest, where the trees are all huge and stretch up over the roads making arches for you to drive through. It was magical. We drove back toward the coast...which meant we had to go over a small mountain pass. It was 26 miles of constant bends...I have never had to concentrate so much in my life of driving. I felt like I was in a car game or was nuts! I was very happy to eventually make it to the coastline and enjoy the fresh sea breeze with straighter roads...they still curved a fair bit but nothing like that mountain pass.

April 22 Update
Lisa: "California!!! Driving down the 101!!"
Phin: "Drivin down the 101, california here we come, right back where we started from! Califiooooooorrrrrrrnnnniiiiiiaaaa! On the stereo, listen as we go, nothings gonna stop me now, pedal to the floor thinking of you now... Callliiiiiffffooooorrrrrnnnnniiiiiiaaaaaaaa!
Here we come!"
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