Our last day in Trinidad was a fun combination of very wild and much more civilized.
Samoa peninsula includes Samoa Dunes, referred to as one of the most ecologically diverse areas in California. The peninsula is about 10 miles by 1 mile with a pulp mill (there since 1900), a large Coast Guard station, an OHV recreational area and campground, a unique jetty constructed of concrete dolos, and acres of protected dunes. We had no idea what to expect, and really enjoyed the wildness of the place. Bridges hopscotch across two uninhabited islands and return you to Eureka.
|Coast Guard Station in the fog|
|Not a swimmers' beach|
|Loved the wild of this place|
Next we headed for Arcata to check out this delightful university town we'd heard so much about. It didn't disappoint and we had a wonderful afternoon walking the cute downtown and plaza area (without the camera). The eclectic mix of residents and tourists made for great people watching, and the local merchants were very friendly. I had the best time in the herbal shop where Tessa was welcome to join us. There's nothing like lots of large jars of wonderful smelling herbal tea blends to make me happy :-)
The scenery from Eureka to Brookings is incredible, with more rugged coastline and redwood forests. But the back and forth and up and down on the narrow road made me glad it was a less than 90 mile travel day!
We have beach and fishing and harbor and chilling in the cool and breezy sunshine on our agenda for the next four days.
Our little riverfront park seems like a great spot to spend the holiday weekend.
|At River's Edge RV Park, Brookings OR|