July 26, 2015 – A trip up the West Coast

Today we start our long-awaited trip up the West Coast. Our first stop will be in Eureka, CA and then we will stay for a few days in Oregon, and Washington before ending in Vancouver, BC. It is really hot in our part of California with temperatures over 100F. We are seeking some cooler weather and a change of place and pace.

Part of our trip takes us through the beautiful redwood forest in California. In the picture below you can see a fabulous giant redwood tree in back of the Big Foot Schlock Shop. (For family members, “Souvenir shop ahead, watch for schlock!) One wonders what the zoning laws used to be.

Watch for Schlock!
Watch for Schlock!

We skip lunch and get to Eureka around 3 PM. As we approach we can see the remnants of the marine layer and watch the temperature, which has been as high as 102F on the trip, dip down to 64F. What a welcome relief!

At 3 PM in the afternoon the marine layer on the coast has started to burn off
At 3 PM in the afternoon the marine layer on the coast has started to burn off

We have an early dinner (so embarrassing to be like old folks) to make up for our missed lunch. We find the Sea Grill in downtown Eureka and decide to try out the local seafood. The oysters and clams are good but the potato and vegetables are a miss. However, the friendly competent service makes the dinner a success.

Mary's clams in a white wine sauce
Mary’s clams in a white wine sauce
John's baked oysters
John’s baked oysters

After dinner we drive over to Samoa Island, the barrier island for Humboldt Bay. It is really not developed at all except for some ugly heavy industry like electric generation and wood pulp manufacturing. There is a picturesque Coast Guard station, a breakfront, and old gun emplacements left over from WWII.

Looking towards the entrance to Humboldt Bay
Looking towards the entrance to Humboldt Bay
Watching the waves break with Clark and Lewis
Watching the waves break with Clark and Lewis
Coast Guard Station
Coast Guard Station
Beach selfie
Beach selfie

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