About an hour south of Eureka on Highway 101, you will see a sign for the 'Avenue of the Giants' . This is an alternate route that parallels the highway. Drive among the big Redwood trees, stop and have a picnic, jump in the river, or just observe the 51,222 acres of large trees & groves. When you approach a town named Weott, you will see signs where high water rose to in the 1964 flood. You will be amazed the river rose so high.
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.
Just 10-15 miles north of Eureka is Arcata. College town for a University near us. It's called Humboldt State University.
Humboldt State University has consistently been cited among the top 10 percent of regional colleges and universities in the United States by a number of national publications, including U.S. News & World Report, Money, and Making A Difference College Guide.
Humboldt enrolls about 7,400 students in more than 100 degree and certificate programs. Founded as a school to train teachers in 1913, it was one of the first campuses of what would become the 23-campus California State University (CSU). Humboldt has become a vital, vibrant institution that fosters academic excellence and rich educational opportunities, innovative research, solutions to critical social problems, and a sense of community service among its students.
You can read more about it on their website.
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.
Crater Lake (page to come) is located in Southern Oregon in the Cascade Mountain range, 160 km inland from the Pacific Ocean. Crater lake was born 7,700 years ago when Mount Mazama had a blasting eruption that blow out the summit and left instead a volcanic basin named a caldera that further on filled with water. The surface of the water is at an elevation of 1,883 meters while Mount Mazema stood at 3,660 meters! It is 592 meters deep. The missing elevation has been blown out, which makes an enormous amount.
The Lava Beds National monument (page to come) lies in the far north east corner of California. It is a striking example of eruptions where the outer lava cools and gives a solid crust while the inner lava remains fluid enough to flow out, giving empty tubes that can be visited.
Lassen Volcanic Park (page to come) is located in the southern part of the Cascade Mountain range. It is by far not as impressive as the Yellowstone but nevertheless has boiling mud pots, steaming ground, roaring fumaroles, and sulfurous gases. They are a testimony of intense volcanic activity. The last eruption at Lassen Peak occurred in May 1915.
Agate Beach is located Off Hwy 101, 30 miles north of Eureka at Patrick's Point State Park in Trinidad. Once you are in the park you can take the trail with stairs that go down to the Beach. Agate Beach, which is covered with small pebbles, agates and semi precious stones is known as the Best Novelty Beach in the Northwest. The best time to go beach combing is when the tide is low and the beach is widest.
This area has a place for ships to dock and berth. There you will see the memorial to the fishermen of this area. This sculpture was done by Dick Crane. This is a very relaxing and pleasant place to spend part of a day.
There is a wonderful community college about 15 miles south of Eureka called College of the Redwoods. I attended this college right out of high school. Affordable, easy to find parking and a great variety of classes (courses, sorry). I enjoyed my time there.
Some history - The Redwoods Community College District was formed January 14, 1964, by an election of the people of Humboldt County. A bond issue of $3,600,000 was passed for the initial construction phase of the college.
Instruction began in 1965 and continued into 1967 at Eureka High School. Initially 45 majors were offered, 15 of which were technical-vocational. Over 1,800 students registered at the College in 1965-66.
The founding President/Superintendent, Dr. Eugene J. Portugal, supervised a full-time faculty and administrative staff of 31 with 85 part-time instructors.
In May 1975, the residents of coastal Mendocino County voted for annexation to the District. Del Norte County joined the Redwoods' District in July of 1978, completing the District's current service areas of Humboldt County, coastal Mendocino County, Del Norte County and a portion of Trinity County.
Eureka has just recently finished refurbishing the marina area of old town and this seems to have added a much needed and long awaited additon to the area. Lots of boats and other recreational water activities will now invite area residents and tourists to the this part of the city. In the last couple of years, much work has gone into reclaiming the oldtown area from transient types with restaurants, hotels and great shopping.
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'.