September 29th (Day 26): Redwood National and State Parks
|Redwoods in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Parksmall
After breakfast we drove up the Howland Hill Road east of Crescent City and then did a 5 mile hike along Mill Creek to the Stout Grove in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, which now belongs to the Redwood National Park. The entire hike lead us through a wood of majestic redwood trees.
After a lunch picnic at a river close to Stout Grove we returned to our car and continued to drive south to reduce our distance to San Francisco below 300 miles. In “Elk Meadows” we had the opportunity to observe elks very closely.
Fog still was hanging over the coast of Northern California. We reached Eureka with a beautiful little old town and lots of victorian houses, the most bizarre one the Carson Mansion and on the other side of the street: the Pink Lady-House.
We had a wonderful Crab Fettucine in the Sea Grill restaurant, East Street.
September 30th (Day 27): Mendocino
|Point Cabrillo Lighthouse
We left Eureka after another great breakfast in a Dennys restaurant and continued to travel south on U.S. route 101, until we reached Leggett where we turned on to state route 1 south. The very windy road led downhill through forest back to the Pacific coast. After Fort Bragg we stopped at Point Cabrillo and did a short hike to the lighthouse there to have a picnic at the coast. Fog started to disappear making room for sunny weather.
In the late afternoon we reached the pictorial small town of Mendocino located directly at the coast where we found a Bed&Breakfast House for the next night. After a walk through this place and also visiting the colonies of birds breeding out there on rocks in the water
we had a great dinner at Ukiah Street Restaurant and a beer in Patterson’s Pub.