MJ buys a new hat and we see more redwoods

Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
Trip End Oct 16, 2007

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Friday, June 22, 2007

We set off back north to find Ferndale - a Victorian town. It was set amongst farm land with plenty of milking cows along the way. The town was lovely as you can see from the photos, but the big thing for us was a shop selling olde-worlde stuff and HATS......MJ ended up with a Butch Cassidy Derby....the real thing, not a toy. No idea how I'm going to get it home on the plane (with the Stetson) or which events I could possibly wear it in England (expect many Wild West themed parties upon our return). Munchie got a Californian sunhat which also looks very nice.

We drove through magnificent redwoods - the weather was very sunny today although still cold - early 60s. We reached the Avenue of the Giants and took a walk along the Founders Tree route (MJ HAD to wear his new hat and ended up looking like a cross between Clockwork Orange and middle-aged bloke on holiday) - seeing more redwoods than yesterday looking lovely with the sunlight filtering through the tops of the trees. But there were also fallen trees on the floor of the forest which are all part of the redwoods lifecycle as they take up to 400 years to fully rot down providing a start point for other plants and also new redwoods. The place has to be where the Star Wars guys shot that sequence on the hover-bikes thru the trees.

After a Subway (which wasn't that good as we had the special and it turned out being a spam-type ham) we took the road back to the coast and wow...was it a windy ( as in clock, not yacht) road or wot. The sign at the beginning said no services and "windy road" for 22 miles. It climbs for 8 miles and then goes down for 8 miles - absolutely exhausting as it's all switch-back stuff. The road suddenly comes out looking straight out over the Pacific and then does a 90left and we hugged the coast until we reached Fort Bragg - fantastic views but we were beat.

We pulled into the third motel we saw on the beach and managed to snaffle a pokey room with a street view for $75 before the people behind us got it. MJ collapsed in a heap on the bed to recuperate. After a 10 minute cat-nap we went out to the beach and it was lovely. We met a kid who was looking for glass on the beach - apparently the sea acted as the town rubbish tip for many years and all that it left is many small pieces of glass that have been worn down by the action of the sea.

We drove into town in the evening to get a pizza - it was extra yummy and we made the best of our small room.

Here's the view of the sunset looking out over the Pacific from our hotel:

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