We did a bit of exploring today, we ran right into the mouth of the Smith River where it flows into the Pacific. We were amazed to see a lot of sea lions snoozing by the water. The Smith River waterway is the northernmost of California’s major rivers. Its mouth is about 5 miles south of the Oregon border and 10 miles north of Crescent City. It is the largest free-flowing river in the state, producing the largest steelhead and Chinook salmon. The untamed nature of this river, without a single dam along its entire length, makes it especially prized among conservationists; it is considered one of the crown jewels of the National Wild and Scenic River program. The river flows through some of the most beautiful scenery in California, from Six Rivers National Forest through Jedediah State Park and out to the Pacific Ocean.
After watching the sea lions and enjoying the view, we drove about 10 miles to a see the Rumiano Cheese Company near Crescent City. Rumiano Cheese Company is California's oldest family-owned cheese company, dedicated to the manufacture and distribution of the highest quality cheese. All of their dairies are located in the Pacific Coast region of Northern California, which is known for its and vibrant scenery – from the crystal clear rivers that flow freely into the crashing Pacific waves, to the massive redwood trees that watch over the grazing cows. There is a direct correlation between these year-round grazing cows and their nutritious milk, rich in both omega-3 fatty acids and beta-carotene, that then translates to their high-quality, award-winning Rumiano cheese.
We saw a lot of ribbons on the wall. We tasted some of the cheese and ended up buying three different types, all are delicious. We will be going back for more. The prices were about the same as the grocery stores in the area. We hit the jackpot with this one. Check back later for more from California.