Coos Bay to Eureka - back to California!

Trip Start Mar 28, 2012
Trip End May 24, 2012

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Motel 6 Eureka
Read my review - 3/5 stars

Flag of United States  , California
Saturday, May 19, 2012

Today's weather was kind - a bit dull and misty in the morning but it's amazing what a sandwich can do in the middle of the day! We continued south retracing our steps but stopping just short of Fortuna and staying in Eureka on the coast. Going south means that we are always travelling into the sun and that certainly gives a different perpective on things. As I wrote yesterday, the places may be familiar, but they very different when approached from the opposite direction.

So, in many ways it was more of the same so not so many photos. We enjoyed seeing the island-studded coast of Oregon and we waved good-bye. As we entered California we were stopped (as is everyone) by State Border Security and interrogated about any fruit and vegetables we might be carrying. Not a threat from Nevada but obviously so form Oregon!

Journeying south we soon entered the land of the Giant Redwoods again and marvelled at these gentle giants lining the roadsides and giving dense forest on either side. Many Elk warning signs were posted and once or twice we caught sight of some grazing in the rich and luscious grass.

We are very much aware that we have inadvertently 'chosen' the best time of year to come. Everything is so green and full of the beauty and power of spring. The trees, fields and flowers are bursting with abundant life - even the grazing cattle (and Elk) look happy! The whole region is home to a mesmerising array of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. They litter the roadsides adding unexpected splashes of vibrant colours from across the spectrum like a box of giant confetti having been scattered among the backdrop of evergreens.

We got to Eureka mid afternoon after a 220 mile drive. The fog and mist were gone and the sky a lovely shade of blue. We checked into yet another incarnation of Motel 6 and then headed back to a Micro-Brewery pub we had passed on our way into town. The Lost Coast was amazing - offering a wide range of local beers, sports TV and a promising looking menu. Some of the beers were over 9%!! I enjoyed the Indica IPA. We opted to go to a local Chinese restaurant (recommended by the guy at the motel) - and I for one wished we'd stayed at the Lost Coast. Still, can't win them all. Mostly the food we've enjoyed has been excellent.

We then headed west over three bridges to the island of Samoa (no not that one) which is is huge spit on Humboldt Bay next to Eureka, populated by a couple of lumber processing plants, the US Coast Guard and some lucky residents. The beaches and dunes were wonderful, giving open and unrestricted access to the Pacific Ocean - and we had them all to ourselves! We were gearing up for a sunset when the sun sank behind a similar bank of cloud to last night - boo! Never mind, I managed to get some good shots including a group of Golden Plovers who were delightful as they ran up and down the beach.
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