After leaving San Francisco on Saturday morning (April 28th) , we continued our trek north on the beautiful Highway 101. Until you reach Eureka, CA the highway is mostly inland, away from the ocean. We drove until we reached Ukiah and then stopped for lunch and an opportunity to stretch our legs. Our next stop was Eureka, CA where we stopped and bought a few groceries. We drove that day until we reached a rest area about 50 miles south of Crescent City, CA.
The next morning, we continued on thru the Redwoods. They are truly awesome. We didn't stop a lot along here because we've been thru this area so many times. But we did stop at one gift shop (actually I wanted an ice cream bar). We noticed immediately the large carved bears at the gift shop entrance were carved by a Native American man we have seen in action at the chain saw carving contest in Westport, Washington. Sandoval is an excellent carver (and also a very nice man) and these giant bears attest to his ability.
We continued on and came to the famous elk herd near the town of Trinidad, CA. In the fall, the cows are usually herded into a large field right along the highway by one huge bull elk. But at this time of the year, they were just up the road in a large field, grazing and resting. They are such an awesome sight.
Our next stop was the Trees of Mystery sight. Here, we visited the gift shop and took a few pictures. This is the home of Paul Bunyan and Babe his big Blue Ox. We've gone thru the Trees of Mystery exhibit before, so didn't do that on this visit. My first visit ever to this area was in 1972 when I was married... my son was just 1 yr old, my daughter was 9 1/2 and we stopped here on our way home from visiting my former husband's family in Ashland,OR and Redding, CA. I think it's so great that this display has been lovingly maintained over the years for thousands of tourists to enjoy.
Our last stop in the state of California was in Crescent City at a grocery store. We crossed the state line shortly after 1pm on Sunday April 29th.
Next installment....Oregon and then home.