California, Oregon, & Washington 2010 travel blog

At Home in The Ancient Redwood RV Park

Along US 101 and the Redwoods

The Loleta Cheese Factory

The Flower Garden at the Cheese Factory

Our First Mural--On the Hardware Store!

The Eureka Harbor

Unusual Flowers Near the Harbor

The Memorial to Lost Fisherman

At the Pacific Ocean Beach

A Large Victorian Mansion in Eureka

A Unique Mural in Downtown Eureka

The Avenue of the Giants

Along a Trail with the Redwoods

Ferns Everywhere

The Giant Stump

See the Spring Board Slots Cut in the Stump

We took the short trip to Eureka, California, to get a few things like water filters for the RV. On the way, we stopped at the Loleta Cheese Factory to sample their cheese and see how it is made. The samples convinced us to buy a few items. They have two large stainless steel vats that hold 1725 gallons of milk to make cheese. We watched them makeing Monterrey Jack and a few minutes. It was an interesting process and the staff was great in explaining it to us.

We drove on to Eureka, since it was lunch time, we went to the Marina Cafe for fresh local seafood. Susan had calamari and Tim had oysters--both great with a wonderful view of the harbor. Next we had to drive out to the beach. We drove over to the island and went out to see the surfers--in wet suits. The Pacific was COLD! So back to town to see the Victorian houses in the city that were really something. The biggest was built by a lumber baron in 1890 and looks great. While driving around the saw the murals on several buildings--enjoy the photos.

On the way back to Ancient Redwoods RV Park we drove along the Avenue of the Giants and stopped to hike a 2.5 mile trail through the tall redwoods. These trees are really tall and just beautiful to see. There is little to no light getting to the forest floor that is covered by ferns and clover. Along the walk, we found the stump of a truly GIANT tree. The tree was missing and the stump still had the holes where the spring boards were cut in the stump to allow the lumberjacks to cut the tree down. It was a great day and it got cool early. Tomorrow will be a little warmer.

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