Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Soaking Up the Calm

 May 10 - 16, 2021
Trinidad, California

From our first visit on our first route in our first year, we have loved the beauty of Trinidad, California. To me, it's the prettiest beach in the state - which is saying a lot given the numerous choices!

Trinidad State Beach

Our short 75 mile moving day leaving Redcrest, California, continues through the beauty of the forest and along the rolling coast. Heavenly!

I have an appointment to stop at Cummins in Arcata where they are authorized for recall work. They quickly confirm what I was told in Fresno, and send a tech out to check what parts we may need to resolve the issue. While they do that, we take their recommendation for breakfast at Toni's a couple miles away. Although it's counter-order, the food and service are outstanding. We add our recommendation to theirs! 

Good news awaits us back at the shop. Yes we need the part, yes they can get it in a day, yes they will do the work next Monday so we can just have it done on our travel day. Woohoo!!! I'm sure Taylor thinks my reaction is over-the-top, but I'm so, so happy to finally be getting this completed :-)))

Elk Country RV Park is in our top five favorite places to stay, and this time we're here for a week. Not only is Trinidad beach nearby, but we get to share our space with a large wild herd of Elk. There are at least twice as many people here as two years ago, but we're fortunate to have quiet neighbors. FHUs with 30 amp on level grass and gravel sites, with gorgeous meadow and forest views. Site 516 has us backed up to the wild meadow, and at one of the openings where the herd enters the campground. Like our space in Redcrest, we have no problem connecting to satellite. Unlike Redcrest, we have cell service. The park WiFi works most of the time. 

We love our wild neighbors who come by nearly every day.

Her fluffiness is happy to have another green yard to relax in.

Very comfy with no human neighbors on three sides.

Across the highway is Dry Lagoon Beach. We make it our first stop on our way to visit Trinidad for fish and chips. The large fog bank, which will hang around for most of our time here, waits off shore.

Calm view from the Seascape Restaurant. No, that's not a whale spout :-( it's a smudge on the window!

The natural setting and wild herd make staying home especially enjoyable here. Still, we love getting out to explore the special beauty of the area. 

Many of the cows are close to birthing. In a couple weeks there will be lots of babies!

A rare sighting of the fraternity herd in our backyard.

They make it clear whose home we're visiting.

The fog moves in and out.

More rhodies in many colors.

This massive rock along the bay is a fantastic variety of unique foliage. All are sculpted tightly around the sides by the wind and water.

Gold Bluffs Beach is a remote recreational area accessed by a rough, steep, narrow and winding road through a primordial-feeling forest called Fern Canyon. There's a small campground (tents and vans) in the dunes with pounding waves nearby. It must be wonderful for sleeping when the wind isn't howling.

One of three creeks that cross the road.

Sediment from the Klamath River give the bluffs their gold color. Their name is from the miners who came to the area, not the color.

Tall sea grass rustles in the wind.

Monochrome views.

A day trip to Eureka includes the drive out to Samoa Peninsula. When we were here in 2015 the wild dunes were stunning. Now they are overgrown with the invasive Scotch Broom and (for me) it destroys the natural beauty. We see it everywhere now, covering hillsides and river beds. It's pretty, but is choking out most of the natural foliage.

Scotch Broom

Built in 1878 as a life saving station on the peninsula. The Coast Guard took over the property in 1915.

When the sun comes out again we return to the beach at Dry Lagoon and spend a few hours soaking in the calm of the surf. The waves are mesmerizing, ever changing, peaceful. It's times like this we're reminded how blessed we are to find our joy in the beauty of nature. 

Deep undertow churns the surf, looking more like meringue in front of the "normal" waves.

Fishing Dad

Beach Babe

Another Beach Babe.
The RV park is behind the trees.

Although our travels continue north, when we depart on Monday morning we head south. Cummins in Arcata is completing our recall service. We spend nearly seven hours "killing time" in Arcata and Eureka, and I'm very glad we have a short 100 mile drive to our next stop in Brookings, Oregon.

Eureka has several neighborhoods of vintage homes. Many need a lot of TLC, but several are beautifully restored.

The Carson Mansion, home to the Ingomar Club, is a real stand-out a few blocks from the marina.

We take the pretty drive to the community of Kneeland where most properties are behind tall wood fences or abandoned. It's a naturally beautiful area but has a bit of a serial killer vibe :-(

It's great to have the necessary orange form for DMV to release the current registration in my hand after months of knowing I needed it! We pull out of Cummins before 5:00 and head north.

On one of our drives we discovered that the Newton Drury Scenic Drive bypasses the five mile 7% climb out of Orick on Hwy 101, so we take that for an easy eight mile detour. As expected we have two delays where the highway is reduced to one lane, but both are about 15 minutes with lovely views so no hardship. 

Electronic assistant.

This on one side with a steep drop off on the other. I'm happy when we get on the other side!

Arriving at Harris Beach State Park at 7 PM is very late for us. We've only arrived once after dark, and that was our very first night in the rig. It's still light but it takes us three times around to find our site because we don't have a map and the site number is bent over. Although it wasn't a long drive, it's been a very long day and we're glad to be here for a week!


  1. What a gorgeous place to be--love all your photographs! Is there a problem with the elk and people getting too close as there is in Yellowstone?

    1. When you check in you sign several docs after the rules are read to you. Sad that people have to be told they're wild animals, but we've never seen anyone try to get close so the rules are working. The elk get close to rigs but stay away from people.

  2. The "May Gray" of the Pacific Coast is much heavier in SoCal. Enjoy those sunny interludes and your park critters.

    1. Yes, we're grateful for the sunshine days we get this early in the season! So far even better luck in Oregon :-)

  3. So glad to hear you got the work you need done and that it was FREE. Nothing better than that.

    Both beaches are gorgeous and I am not at all surprised to hear that there are twice the people in the campground you stay at. Complete with elk is fantastic. Definitely making note of this campground if I ever get the courage to do California. I tried to check their rates but they aren’t telling until you make a reservation.

    Don’t you just hate exotic invasives no matter how pretty. They take over where they should not be and nothing is “natural” again. I Laughed out loud at your description of the “calm of the surf” above the pictures of pounding and huge waves. Big difference between the Atlantic and Pacific. On our side those waves would be part of a huge storm. Love the pictures of those gorgeous homes. The Victorian period is my favorite but I sure wouldn’t want the upkeep costs. Great post!

    1. I think the rate is $42 with FHUs, about what we're paying everywhere this year.

      LOL I guess the waves aren't calm, but make us feel that way watching them :-)) I do so hope you'll get over here to enjoy them. I was surprised at how small the waves are on the east coast - I guess all the pics I remember were in a storm.

  4. So cool that you had elk in your campground! We drove past a few times during our visit and saw them out lounging. We never made it Gold Bluffs Beach so I was happy to your photos. The Scotch Broom is out of control all along the coast. I was excited by the yellow flowers at first, but then I read about how invasive it so. Too bad because there is sooo much of it. Enjoy your stay at Harris Beach!

    1. It really is soooo fun to have the herd right in the campground :-) Same here, I loved the bright yellow until I read, then saw, how it is taking over everything! We're loving Harris Beach and the surrounds.

  5. I am drooling over your trip and your awesome photos. The ocean photos are spectacular. So glad we are traveling along and getting lots of ideas for the future. Thanks! Love the fluffy beach babe!! The Scotch Broom is beautiful. Too bad it is an invasive species:(

  6. Glad you were able to get the motor home recall taken care of. I love it when service facilities work with their customers! Fluffy seems right at home on the green grass :)

  7. Gorgeous homes, love to tour them when we can. Glad you got the recall all taken care of.

    1. Eureka needs a lot of economic help so giving tours of some those vintage homes would be a great idea :-)