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Published: November 17th 2009
A regular size redwood!
Standing next to these trees makes ya feel very tiny - easier then a diet!
We have taken several drives and walks among the redwoods now that are along highway 101. There is just no way to describe them that can convey the feeling you get when you stand among them. Pictures aren't much better, since there is no way to get even a 1/4 of a tree in the frame. All the words like majestic, grand, awesome just don't seem majestic, grand or awesome enough. So all we can do is include some inadequate pictures and hope you can all imagine the rest.
Two small towns that we have enjoyed along the way are Eureka and Ferndale. Both towns boomed from logging and farming in the late 1800's when Victorian architecture was all the rage. Many of the original homes and downtown shops have been restored. Ferndale also has an old cemetery built into the side of a very steep hill. Five acres of plots all the way to the very top. In the cemetery we read head stones from the 1880's right to present day. The old ones had bible verses and touching sayings; on the other hand, one of the newer ones said "Getter Done". From the
One of the downed Giants
We walked along 200' of this fallen tree.
top of the hill there was a terrific view of the whole city and the Eel River. In Ferndale we also stopped for a beer at the Palace Saloon, billed as the most westerly bar in the continental US. An interesting find in a quaint little city.
The Eel river runs along Highway 101 for quite a while and there have been two fairly recent floods, 1955 and 1964. In '64, the area had an usually high snow melt and then it rained 32" in three days!! There are several high water markers that are 23' above the highway. As we drove along the banks of the river it looked calm and flat and shallow and yet back then it completely wiped out several small towns.
We now have 420 birds on our Life List with the addition of the Pygmy Owl!!! We heard a bunch of birds causing such a ruckus in the campground in Mendocino . We stopped to have a look and there was this little owl, robin sized, perched in a pine. He is a very aggressive diurnal hunter, so the birds had every reason to be nervous. He posed long enough to
One of the many victorians
get some good pictures.
On Monday the 16th we started the drive to Mendocino and had a very California experience when we stopped at the Rosewood Café in Garberville for breakfast. It turned out to be an all organic eatery. We sensed something was up when the breakfast prices started at $11. It was quite tasty including the all organic muffin, jam, ham and cheese omelet, served with organic dark roast coffee.
I haven't updated the camper window/turn signal problems lately. It has fixed itself! I think it's a case of spontaneous fixation which happens when you ignore a problem long enough. Ron thinks he deserves the credit because he poked, prodded and replaced enough stuff so eventually, after a little rest time, it started to work again. Ron also fixed the old VCR this way. If the problems come back, we still won't know how to fix them. He is currently using the same method on the braking system for the tow vehicle. I'll let ya know how that goes.
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