Eureka! A Little Get-Away On The California North Coast


It was a simple, 2 day trip to Eureka – a small town five and a half hours away from where I live, on the north coast of California. Hubby had a job that would take us there for either a one hour or two day job. As it turned out, it was a one-hour job plus waiting until the next day for environmental lab results so we could head the five and a half hours back to Sacramento.

Our early afternoon arrival allowed us to get our business done in time to overnight the samples. Given the cold temperatures and rainy conditions, we spent the afternoon napping, and then sharing a leisurely dinner at a little café on the waterfront.

Wednesday we had time to explore while awaiting the return of lab results so we took a drive about forty five minutes north of Eureka on Highway 101 to the Lady Bird Johnson Grove, part of the Redwood National Forest. The ancient redwood forests in Northern California are, perhaps, the most stunning of all ancient trees in the world. The trees are hundreds of feet tall and as much as 2000 years old. At Lady Bird Johnson Grove there is an easy mile and a half loop that wanders through a bit of the forest. There is only about a 100 foot elevation change, but you get a glimpse of the terrain and growth common in this area.

Traces of the hail from a passing morning squall were still lining our walk – and a misty veil of fog created a quiet, muted solitude. The wind blowing down on the coast was absent. There was a carpet of huge, deep emerald green ferns, and webs of yards long moss hanging from the winter-bare trees growing under the redwoods. It was humbling walking through these ancient giants – it is impossible not to feel reverence and respect for these living towers

  

As one who lives a spiritual path that celebrates nature and all living things, I was overcome with love and compassion for all this forest has endured through natural fires (witnessed by the multitude of trees bearing the huge scars at their bases, and yet full and healthy with growth above the scars) and at the hand of man in clear-cut farming of the trees before they were preserved as a national park (or treasure). Had it been warmer, and not quite so wet, I could have stayed there all day and been perfectly contented – the eternal wood nymph!

Too soon it was time to head towards home. On the way back to Eureka, we stopped at one of the many beach parks. In spite of the bone-chilling wind and storm surf conditions, I had to greet my friend the ocean – if only to stand by her side for a moment. Have you felt the power of the ocean lately? Just another reminder of how small we really are.

Just after leaving the beach, we ran across a sign that brought a little reality home, especially after last year’s earthquake in Japan, and subsequent tsunami effect, which actually hit the Northern California coast … it’s a concept that one doesn’t think about often, but …. It happens …

Our little trip to Eureka was enjoyable in so many ways. The last time I was there was in 1963. I don’t think it’s changed much! It was a nice little get away for hubby and me – and I had the much needed pleasure to touching Mother Nature in a very special way. Something we should all do more frequently!

Where have you been lately?

Namaste … I honor you.

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8 thoughts on “Eureka! A Little Get-Away On The California North Coast

  1. My beau and I have been exploring the Olympic Peninsula in Washington with trips to Whidbey Island and LaConner. So beautiful, we are spoiled in the Pacific NW. I was also in SF in February after an almost 20 year hiatus, what a great city and we went to Sonoma, too.

    Love your photos, I’ve never seen the Redwoods but it’s on my list!

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    1. The Itty Bitty Boomer

      I have friends in the Portland area (well, the used to live in Portland, now live in Vancouver) – just love it up there any time of the year!

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  2. Hi Itty Bitty: Beautiful pictures! Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us. A friend just bought a place near Calistoga, and we’re planning a June visit. Is this anywhere near where you were?

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    1. The Itty Bitty Boomer

      Hi Georgia! Calistoga is only about an hour from Sacramento – how fun! It’s truly beautiful in it’s own right! Wonderful wines! And not far from Bodega Bay – another fun place to go in the California coast!

      Do let me know when you’re planning your trip!

      Best to you!

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  3. Beautiful! Love the photos. As we settle in to our new home on the Olympic Peninsula, we figure we’ll spend more time exploring the western part of the U.S., so this is a great suggestion for us.

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    1. The Itty Bitty Boomer

      Nadine, I am so jealous of where you live! lol! You must take a trip down the Washington/Oregon/Nor Cal coast – it is simply devine! Mother Nature is so clever … in so many different ways … around this planet!

      Hugs and have an awesome week!

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