July 19, 2013 – Ft. Bragg to Ferndale, CA

Since there is no breakfast at the Surf and Sand, John and I had scoped out a place last night for this morning. It is called Egghead’s. Seems fitting for John and me. But once inside, it is a whole new world of Oz memorabilia. There are pictures from the movie, a yellow brick road in linoleum, a large mural of various characters watching the movie ala Mystery Science Theater 3000, and cutesy named menu items. John and I each had the Lion Mighty which was the usual eggs, toast, potatoes and bacon. Oz must be selling at a premium because this breakfast which we can get on the senior special at our local breakfast place for $4.99 was $9.49! But it was enjoyable to look at all the stuff on the walls.

When we saw the sign for Egghead's we did not notice the Oz references
When we saw the sign for Egghead’s we did not notice the Oz references

but soon we realized that there was no place like Egghead's restaurant
but soon we realized that there was no place like Egghead’s restaurant

so we just settled back and followed the mango brick road
so we just settled back and followed the mango brick road

After our surreal breakfast I am interrupted by a call from Kaiser. They have had a cancellation and I can have surgery on my stupid knee at the beginning of August. Oh joy. This puts us back time-wise I have to complete an online surgical info sheet.

Finally we are off and have a beautiful trip up the coast. The sun is out and even though it is still in the upper 50’s, it is a beautiful day.

Breakers off shore
Breakers off shore

Rocks beneath the surface shoot up plumes of spray
Rocks beneath the surface shoot up plumes of spray

Rocks are sculpted by the water into interesting shapes
Rocks are sculpted by the water into interesting shapes

Leaving the shoreline we traverse a forest of redwoods. We cannot pass up the opportunity to drive through a giant redwood. This is a scam. The tree is not for driving through but our $5 lets us visit the gift shop and use the restroom.

Don't drive thru tree
Don’t drive thru tree

Since our original day’s plan called for us to traverse the mountains on sketchy roads and we have opted out of that plan, we are left with some extra time. We see a sign that says “visit our cheese factory in Lelota” and we are in. The cheese factory has a window where you can see the workers making cheese and a retail shop. We don’t care for the cheese and pass up the buying opportunity.

Lelota cheese factory
Lelota cheese factory

Cheesemakers working with the curd
Cheesemakers working with the curd

At this point we stop for lunch at a grocery store deli in Scotia and then make our way to Ferndale. At the Ferndale museum we learn that the beach is not far away. We decide to finish our afternoon at the beach. The best thing about a northern California beach is that you don’t have to wear a bathing suit. No, not a nudist beach. It is so cold and windy that outerwear is required.

The beach west of Ferndale
The beach west of Ferndale

Mary in beach attire
Mary in beach attire

Finally we check into our hotel, the Victorian Inn. Ferndale is a town that time left behind and is chock-a-bloc with Victorian houses. Our hotel and room are much in the same mode.
The Victorian Inn, Ferndale, CA
The Victorian Inn, Ferndale, CA

Our Victorian room
Our Victorian room

Strangely this is the third bathroom on our trip not enclosed by a door.
Strangely this is the third bathroom on our trip not enclosed by a door.

Later we go down to the Tavern for some drinks and appetizers. Finally we have dinner in the strangely empty dining room.

John at the beautiful Victorian bar
John at the beautiful Victorian bar

The view from our dining table
The view from our dining table

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