October 13, 2005 – We had intended to stay in Eureka before heading to Ferndale, but I wound up missing a boondocking place I’d heard about just outside of town, so we ended up staying at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Ferndale and drove back to Eureka for our expeditions there.
Eureka is a quaint little Victorian seaport town and this boardwalk is one of the crown jewels in it’s restoration crown. Our first stop in Historic Old Town Eureka was the Clarke Historical Museum. After browsing through their displays, walking around and checking out some of the neat shops and gawking at the old-timey architecture, we were glad to find an old fashioned soda fountain for a much needed ice cream break.
One of the finest examples of what some call ” Victorian on steroids” is the Carson Mansion. It’s now a private club so visitors are no longer allowed inside the mansion.
Right across the street is this architect’s office – I loved all the “foo-foo” Victorian detail and adornments.
The first question my neighbors asked when I arrived in Ferndale was if I had eaten at the historical Samoa Cookhouse (circa 1893), located across the Samoa Bridge from Eureka. It’s famous as the last surviving lumber-camp-style cookhouse in the West.
Mom and I agreed it was simply delicious homemade food with fresh baked bread is served family style in generous portions. The prices are reasonable and there’s even a little museum with historical mementos from the early years of the lumber and logging industries.
After lunch, we wandered into the city park (Sequoia Park) which was a real unexpected treat. There was a lovely walk through a heavily forested area – that’s mom looking like a little slit on the trail amid giant trees and lush greenery. I wish you could see that look of absolute awestruck wonder that was always on her face in places like this. Trees do that for us!
And I always love these little bridges across babbling brooks!
It was such fun to be able to share this with my mom – Hi Mom!
Then there’s a path that allows you to drive through a grove of ancient Sequoia trees. The shapes, colors and textures of the barks of the trees were endlessly fascinating.
I wasn’t particularly impressed with the ambiance at Redwood Acres, the Eureka Fairgrounds RV Park. The sites face a road with the added “perk” of a fire station right across the street. Even though they have full hookups here for $18 nightly, I preferred the more organic Humboldt County Fairgrounds in nearby Ferndale.