Comments for Eureka
Rather than taking the I5 home again, we chose to head west to see some redwoods. We took the 299 which starts in Redding and ends in Humbolt. Fortunately Sean got us up early at 6:30 so we were on the road by 8:30. The drive through the mountains where we followed the gorgeous Trinity River took four hours. We had hoped to get lunch in Eureka but didn't find anywhere interesting to stop. We eventually stopped in Fortuna for lunch.
Ferndale:On our way to Fortuna, we went five miles out of our way and stopped at Ferndale where we walked around the town (about a mile loop). Ferndale appears to be one of those towns that suffered from a panic attack in the 1950s and decided not to change. The newest building there appears to be the high school which dates from the mid 1950s. Everything else seems to be frozen in time from it's founding in 1852. It had the feeling of one of those towns from the Twilight Zone. It apparently survives on the revenue of the Humbolt county fair, its dairy cows and on being one of those Victorian living museums. I am all for preservation but Ferndale seems stagnant; in many ways no different than Bodie (a ghost town near Mono Lake).
Bald Eagle:After driving through most of Northern California, it wasn't until we reached northern Sonoma county that we saw a bald eagle. It was sitting on a dead tree (redwood or some other pine tree variety) eating a fish that it was holding in its talons. By then, Sean was sound asleep in the back seat.