friday afternoon i left chinatown at 3 and headed for oakland where i was meeting dottie that night. 7ish hours of driving later i checked into the hotel and collapsed face first into bed. saturday morn we headed north to humboldt county. i underestimated the time, miles, and hours it would take to reach ferndale, but 6 hours or so later we arrived.
we took a ride on the old redwood highway in the rain up the avenue of the giants.
it rained on and off throughout the day, and i loved it!
we have put down a set of shallow roots here in ferndale. unpacked our mountains of stuff and bags of food and have been collecting more since we’ve been here – driftwood, flowers, sea stones.
i’ve been stopping to clip roadside wildflowers and daffodils. today dottie assisted by rolling under a barbed wire fence in a field near the beach to cut some calla lilies. i’m painting every specimen into my sketchbook and conducting exhaustive searches on the internet for botanical names.
today i went out on a solo scouting mission and met a woman who owns a local eatery. she joined me for a cup of coffee and told me about a backroad (partially dirt) ridge-top drive that went over a cattle guard and through her land. i picked up dottie and we were off. spectacular views of snow covered mountains in the distance, pointy conifers as far as the eye could see and sweeping views of eureka way off in the distance, the ocean, green valleys. a narrow pot-holed road snaked over the ridge of mountains revealing vistas on either side. dottie and i kept stopping to take photos. the air was icy cold. we could hear a river roaring away behind a dense stand of trees. cloud shadows moved ahead of us on the road.
bear river ridge road in case you get up this way. stop at the ridgetop cafe and coffee barn and talk to mariette. she’s a cool woman. didn’t expect to have coffee talk with a stranger, but am glad i did.
went hiking in the redwoods north of trinidad yesterday. the only sounds were of water dripping from the tall trees onto the spongy forest floor. cool delicious northern california. it was worth the long drive.
there’s more, but i’m tired and it’s way past my bedtime. wanted to get at least 1 postcard out to you before tomorrow’s adventures begin…