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Rain, Lightning, and Thunder

Last night we went to bed thinking that we’d get up early and go for a 10km walk before leaving Crescent City. We woke up to the sound of thunder and the occasional flash of lightning. Oh, and it was raining, I mean really raining. At first our hopes of walking were dashed. I didn’t really want to go walking around for two hours holding a lightning rod (umbrella).
Mural in downtown Crescent City

Mural in downtown Crescent City


After breakfast the rain had almost stopped and there hadn’t been lightning since we went down to breakfast. We decided that walking in the light drizzle would be refreshing, so off we went. I’m glad we did. Crescent city turned out to be a really attractive little city. It seems that just after the big Alaska earthquake in 1964 the ensuing tsunami wiped out the entire downtown of historic Crescent City. Only the areas on high ground survived. There are enough buildings from the 1800s left to make for an interesting mix of styles.
Point St George in Crescent City

Point St George in Crescent City

Looking into the mist at Point St. George

Looking into the mist at Point St. George


Waiting in the rain on Hwy. 101

Waiting in the rain on Hwy. 101


Just was we were arriving back at our car the rain began to get serious again. Good timing on our part I guess. Our journey down I-5 for today began with seemingly endless road construction. Every time we’d just get up to speed we’d be stopped again by flaggers, or those unmanned signals. At first progress was painfully slow. After the first hour for so things picked up and traffic thinned out. We made it to our lunch stop in Samoa right at lunch time. Samoa, CA used to be home to huge sawmills. The last remaining building at what used to be a huge sawmill is the Samoa Cookhouse. It is actually the old cookhouse that fead the millworkers in years past. Its a fun place to stop to eat.
The Victorian Hotel and Restaurant

The Victorian Hotel and Restaurant

A beautiful victorian in Ferndale

A beautiful victorian in Ferndale


Our next stop was at Ferndale, a beautifully preserved old town dating from the mid 1800s. We had a nice walk around town enjoying the architecture before returning to the highway. Last, but not least we made a stop at Leggett, the junction of 101 and Hwy. 1. This is where the Chandler drive-through tree is located. I rode through this tree as a child back in the late 50s. I just had to do it again since we were so close.
The Drive-Through Tree

The Drive-Through Tree


California Hwy. 1 has a reputation for being one of the most twisty roads in America. I know the 40+ miles we drove on today has to take the prize. It makes the road between Longmire and Paradise seem tame. I’ll say it again, because its true, these are the kind of roads the Mini was made for. What fun! Even though I was careful not to follow too close, everyone pulled over to let us pass. Wow! you don’t see that every day.
Downtown Ft. Bragg

Downtown Ft. Bragg

The original Skunk Train

The original Skunk Train


Ft. Bragg was the home to an enormous sawmill. Several years ago the mill shut down and almost destroyed this little mill town. Today the town seems to be making a come-back. The historic downtown is a mixture of very old buildings and a few more modern structures. Nothing remains of the mill except the railroad facilities. Ft. Bragg is home to the Skunk Train. They have been running excursion trains up into the Coast Range for quite a number of years. We arrived too late to get much of a look at it, but they run both steam trains and diesels.

Tomorrow we head down the coast to San Fransisco. Stay tuned for more asdventures,

Jim

The Samoa Cookhouse

The Samoa Cookhouse

Elk watchers

Elk watchers

Elk herd along the highway

Elk herd along the highway

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The Mini is perfect for this kinda drive. And it fits inside that tree perfectly!

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