May 12 – 13, 2011
Riverwalk RV Park, Fortuna, CA
Fortuna, located in the lush Eel Valley, is bordered by the Pacific and redwood forests; residents chose Fortuna to show how fortunate they felt. The RV park is across the street from Fortuna’s Riverwalk, a 2 mile path along the Eel River.
Ferndale’s restored Victorian four block long commercial district on Main Street is as cute as heck and it takes no time at all to walk from one end to the other. This quaint town was featured in the films Outbreak and The Majestic – it’s a glimpse back in time.
Five miles west of Ferndale is nine mile long Centerville Beach. We were almost alone on the beach and we wandered along the shoreline, Little Bear ran free while I stuffed my pockets with pretty rocks. I know how it feels to gain 10 pounds instantly.
When we drove into Eureka we missed one of our turns as the navigation system told us to turn on Henderson, which Henderson lacked a street sign. Lots of one way streets confused our nav system as it told us to turn down the wrong way on some one way streets. Visiting the historic downtown had a frustrating beginning as Scott drove around several blocks looking for a parking space (no parking lots listed on the maps). We found a few antique stores, but it wasn’t easy. We discovered the Hotel Vance, once the best hotel in the city, and drove by the fabulous Cooper house (not open for public viewing).
We crossed a bridge over two islands to get to Samoa Dunes, a 300 acre recreation area where one can walk, hike, beachcomb and drive on the beach. A few miles away were two industrial lumber yards with logs stacked 3 stories high.
Best of all was Eureka’s Sequoia Park, a 77 acre old growth redwood forest in the middle of the city! The park has a playground for the kids, bike paths, hiking trails, picnic areas, and a duck pond in addition to the magnificent big trees.
The weather Gods have been working against us, with rain/snow forecast for the next week in northern CA and along the eastern sierras, we have changed our plans for the trip home. We will be heading to CA Gold Country and then back to the coast.