Lordy, Lordy guess who's 40? Happy Birthday, Mary Ellen. Yes, I'm the mother of a 40 year old!! She and her family are in Disney World this week-what a celebration!!
The redwoods are in our rear view mirror and hwy. 101 is heading toward the coast. About five coastal towns until we reach the Oregon border. Ferndale,westernmost city, was highly recommended. The entire town is designated a National Register Historic District. The Victorian Village is a stroll through the past.
The lengthy Eel River continues its windy path through rich bottom land providing plentiful grass for the area's thriving dairy industry. "Butterfat Palaces"(the Victorian homes) were the sign of prosperus farmers. We especially enjoyed the meat market, of Portugese origns, and the artisan Blacksmith shop,one of a kind. Linguista sausage and a marinated tri-tip roast await our salivating mouths.
Next stop: Loleta Remember all those happy cows in the dairy community. Loleta Cheese Factory is a small family run business. We were able to watch through large viewing windows as the cheese of the day was being made. Best of all were the 17 varieties of cheeses to be sampled. A botanical garden returned you to the fresh air and peaceful atmosphere of the area.
Tonight we have settled into a campground at the fishing village of Trinidad. Its rocky shore line is protected by Trinidad Head. Now this will require a little investigation as we aren't quite sure what "head" means other than a land mass. Visually, that seems to be the answer. Michigan Fred, your rock collection is growing.