Redwood National and State Parks
As Eureka is the harbor from where the Redwood were logged and shipped out, a visit to the Redwood National and State Parks is a must (page to come). It is north to Eureka and south to Crescent city. The Redwood Forest is a rain forest characterized by the California Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) that can reach a height of 100 meters and be 2,000 years old. It is different from the Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) found for example in the Sequoia National Park on west-facing slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
LIfe's a Beach!
North of Eureka, near our little airport, is Clam Beach. Here you can find driftwood, sanddollars, shells, and even dig for clams! The water is cold, but the beach is very pretty for our area. Great place to stop and rest. If you are an athletic, around the end of January is the annual Clam Beach run. I think it is about 8-10 miles. You can run a smaller race if you would prefer. Lots of people enter it.
This is a very interesting...
This is a very interesting old building sitting back from the main north to south routes through Eureka..if you blink you will miss it..most of the time I forget it is there..But from the design of the building I suspect it is quite old..I just like the idea of 'Blacksmith' being painted on the side of the structure. The palm tree at the front pretty much makes a statement that it is a 'California Blacksmith'.
Old town fresh Crab cookery
We had been given by our Californian frends the address of the Old town fresh Crab cookery but unfortunately, it was closed. However, we were glad to find a nearby sea-food restaurant (sorry, neither photos nor address) where we had delicious crab, an excellent clam chowder and tasty oysters cooked in a smooth sauce. Whatever the address, Eureka is a place to get excellent fresh sea-food (see previous tip!).
Drive through the Avenue of the Giants
The Avenue of the Giants is just over 30 minutes drive from Eureka .The "Giants" are Redwood trees, the tallest trees in the world. The Redwoods are also some of the oldest trees in the world, called "the abassadors from another time" by John Steinbeck .The Redwood forest is so beautiful and the misty air is filled with the scent of Cedar. Pictures really do not capture this awesome natural wonder.