Saturday, May 19, 2018

A Visit To Ferndale

Friday: (05/18) Granola and banana for breakfast. My back was out of place so it was painful for me to stoop or lift my right leg. Getting dressed was all the fun I needed today. I relaxed at home all day while Lou and Dawn went out exploring and shopping. A sausage and cheese sandwich for lunch. Leftover grilled veggies with BBQ ribs and French fries. After dinner, we walked over to the cider bar for a drink.

Saturday: (05/19) We had PBJ toast for breakfast, Dawn had a bagel. We watched the Royal Wedding on Youtube in the morning. Mac and cheese for lunch.
In the afternoon we drove down to Ferndale for a walk. Interesting shops and buildings.

 In Eureka on the way home, we stopped at Stuft Potato Bistro which is actually a really good German restaurant.

Sunday: (05/20) Lou and Dawn were off early to get their fresh bagels here at the fairgrounds and the bagel shop. Then they were off to the flea market that was here this morning as well. I eventually walked through the flea market. I found a nice homemade personal peach pie. Lou found a clip on fan as well and I returned those to the RV. I had covered the whole market and they had done less than ¼.

I was then off to Loleta Cheese Factory for my breakfast at the Queso Kings, a grilled cheese specialty restaurant at the factory. I got a nice breakfast habanero and Havarti with bacon and eggs grilled sandwich.
 I enjoyed eating my breakfast in the garden at the cheese factory.
 I then continued on to Grizzly Creek State Park for a look around. They only have 4.5 miles of trail in the park but it has lots of redwood trees and is right beside the Van Duzen River. A few nice sites suitable for our RV. My back wasn’t happy so I didn’t hike but did chat a long time with the Visitor Center volunteer. 

I then continued East on Highway 36 to Bridgeville. I saw a sign for a road headed to Kneeland. That is just East of Eureka. It was a dirt road for 27 miles to Kneeland.

Some nice views when I wasn’t up on top in the fog. The road from Kneeland was about 15 miles to Eureka.
Along the road usually, the house is on one side of the road and their barn on the other.
Up on top of the mountains, the road was fogged in. 

I stopped just outside Eureka at Freshwater Slough preserve for a short out and back ¾ mile hike. There is also a nice farm there. A store at the farm had the same homemade pies I had gotten at the flea market. Good to know. They also have homemade tamales. Might develop into a lunch. Back home, I went with Lou and Dawn to look at the Succulent shop on the fairgrounds. It’s only open three days a week. Dawn and I had milanesa sandwiches made from our leftover wiener schnitzel from last night for dinner.

Monday: (05/21) We were off to breakfast at the Golden Harvest Restaurant. Lou and Dawn needed to do some thrifting for more jeans for Dawn. While they did that I took a walk. Lou dropped Dawn off at home and picked me up to do the laundry. We then prepared to roll and went to get LPG for the motorhome. My back was out again so Lou did almost all the laundry and preparing to roll the RV. Leftovers for dinner. Busy day.

Tuesday: (05/22) My back was the same in the morning. We had leftovers for breakfast. Lou and Dawn Headed off to Arcata to get me a weight belt at Harbor Freight. It happens to be next door to the Chinese buffet we like. They had lunch and brought my lunch home. The weight belt helped a lot. I watched Youtube videos and TV all day. Lou made a hamburger salad for dinner.

Wednesday: (05/23) A nice day today. The sun was even out a little in the morning. Granola and banana for breakfast. I relaxed at home all day. Lou and Dawn went up to Arcata to the bookstore and seed store. While there they had lunch at the cider bar and brought me home a nice beef pie and a pecan maple bacon pie. My back is better but still not trusted. For dinner Lou made spaghetti. Then they were off to the library.

Thursday: (05/24) Granola and banana for me and bagels for Lou and Dawn. We went to pick up our mail at the Post Office then went to lunch at the Golden Harvest Cafe, again. I was dropped off again at the RV and Lou and Dawn went to the Library and Pierson’s Hardware. I rested my back again today. Unfortunately, the wifi here at the fairgrounds was out today. Lou made salmon with rice and corn on the cob for dinner. After dinner, we walked over to the craft studio here at the fairgrounds to pick up the marbled scarves they made a few days ago.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Thursday: (05/17) Granola and banana for breakfast. I was off early toward Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park for a hike. Our foggy drizzly, rainy weather continues but this isn’t supposed to be bad and gets better as the day progresses. Every day we wake to it being 50 degrees and it usually warms up to possibly 56 degrees. It was 50 miles up to the park. I arrived just before 0900 and spoke to the ranger about trail conditions before heading off on Miners Ridge Trail to the beach. Great trail condition. I walked out to the beach from the trailhead by the bluffs. A couple of busloads of students were grouped up ready to walk up to Fern Canyon. The road is under construction from the campground where Miners Ridge Trail meets the beach up to Fern Canyon. I had to step aside for a dump truck and a grader. I also enjoyed finding a hidden mud hole dipping one shoe to the top. Fern Canyon was noisy with the busload of fellow hikers. The footbridges were still not installed so to see the canyon, people had to hop on stones and logs. There was a good flow to the creek. About halfway up there was no longer a way to keep the shoes dry so wading began. I was possibly driven on by the students. I made it to the end of the canyon and hiked up to James Irvin Trail for my return. I finished up about 1500 for the 12-mile hike. On the drive home, I stopped to check out the campground at Big Lagoon. Pretty tight for our RV. Lou made grilled veggies with corn cakes for dinner.













Monday, May 14, 2018

Eureka, More Drizzle

Monday: (05/14) Lou made scrambled eggs with chorizo and peppers for breakfast. We went up to Arcata for the day. Dawn was browsing the bookstores and selling some books to them. Lou and I visited some shops. We had lunch at the Chinese Buffet again. We also discovered a cider bar downtown that had most of the Humboldt ciders on tap and a bunch from other cideries. They also have good looking meat and other pies. Definitely, a place to visit for lunch sometime. Pork with rice and orange marmalade carrots for dinner.

Tuesday: (05/15) A rainy day. Apple fritter for breakfast. We went out on a shopping run to start. Lunch in Arcata t the Cider bar where we enjoyed meat pies. I had a beef mushroom, Lou a gluten-free chicken and Dawn had a spinach ricotta empanada. And then there was pecan bacon pie for dessert. And of course, more cider samples to drink. More looking around Arcata before returning home. Leftover pork with rice and artichoke for me and liver and onions for Lou and Dawn.

Wednesday: (05/16) A banana for my breakfast. Lou and Dawn walked over to the bagel bakery for breakfast. I attended a webinar while they visited a thrift store. We drove downtown for lunch at the Lost Coast Brewery Pub. Dawn examined the two bookstores there. Lou and I walked around and looked in some shops. Back at home, we visited a salvage yard here in the fairgrounds that was only open on Wednesdays. Just junk, but interesting. Lou made hamburgers for dinner. In the evening I prepared for a hike tomorrow at Prairie Creek Redwoods SP. It’s about 45 miles north of here and it looks like we’ll be here in Eureka through the 24th then at Ferndale for the holiday weekend. The Kinetic Art Race is that weekend.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Headwaters Forest Preserve, Elk River Trail

Sunday: (05/13) Leftover pork hash with eggs for breakfast. I drove about 10 miles South of town to hike the Elk River Trail at Headwaters Forest Preserve. I enjoyed a trail lunch of tuna salad, bacon jerky, and trail mix. The forest was slightly foggy all day with no sun. The hike is 5 miles out, 3 of which are fairly level following the Elk River. The final two miles climb a mountain about 1200 feet up. At the end is a 1-mile loop trail and then a return back the way I hiked out. I got home a little after 1500. Lou and Dawn were outside trying to get some sun. It hadn’t shown all day until then. They then headed over to the cidery for a drink. I took a shower and then joined them. For dinner, Lou made clam chowder with toast.