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May 2, 2014 - Ferndale Fairgrounds

Stayed in the Fairgrounds in Ferndale and had quite an adventure...First off, this weekend is the "Lost Coast bike race". A few of the entrants came in late Thursday night. A woman in a small SUV with a racing bike on the back crawled in the back and evidently slept in her car. In the morning, about 30 of the local law enforcement agencies (Tribal, city, county) staged a training exercise RIGHT NEXT to her car! They ran around shouting "BANG BANG" and "POW POW". The scenario was a crazed armed gunman loose on the fairgrounds. I'm glad they...

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May 1, 2014 - Hot! Head for the coast!

It's been in the mid to high 90's the last couple of days in Cloverdale so we decided to head for Lake Sonoma. Lake Sonoma is a very large lake with many arms, creating lots of different areas for marinas, boats, campgrounds, hiking trails and just beautiful, beautiful scenery. We hiked along a trail that led to an overlook where we could see a good part of the lake but of course not all of it. It was beautiful with the wineries surrounding it. We then took a little back road up to a campground and on the way to saw an enormous dead boar...

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Jun 5, 2013 - Ferndale, California

We drove to Historic Ferndale, a town founded by dairy farmers, it has been maintained as it was when founded, a wonderful place, we had a great meal at the Vi Restaurant located in Historic "the Victorian Inn". Ferndale, sometimes referred to as "cream city," is known for well-preserved Victorian store-fronts on main street and homes throughout the community, which are also known as "Butterfat Palaces," due to their construction during an epoch wherein considerable wealth was generated in the dairy industry, especially during the 1880s....

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Oct 12, 2011 - Ferndale & a Ride with Giants

We said goodbye to Oregon on another rainy morning and headed to California. Soon after crossing the border, the rain stopped and we had clear sailing for the first time on our trip. We made a quick stop in Trinidad, a cute little town on the coast with a 200 step walk down to a pretty beach complete with barking sea lions. Then we headed to Ferndale, a town full of Victorian mansions built with the profits of the dairy industry. More cow and corn country! We stayed at the Victorian Inn, the biggest of the mansions in the middle of town....

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Jul 27, 2011 - Day 12 - Hello Springfield!

Yes, you read that right - we are in Springfield! I feel I should be more yellow, and go Do'h! a lot, but there you go. __________________________________________ Okay, so a day late, but here is an update. After a freezing night in the hotel (very quaint but insulated like it was still 1942) we headed up the coast road in very cold temperatures and fog. Not the California beech scene we were hoping for, so we headed inland for some sun. As we stopped for hgas we were told that there was a whale in the river 30 miles up the road and it was...

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Jun 17, 2011 - Day 17 - Ferndale, CA

Left right on time this morning about 10am, after Jay had dumped the holding tanks. We got about 5 miles down the road when he remembered his watch was back in the bathroom at camp. Seeing as it is the watch that Scott gave him on his and Colleen's wedding day, Jay disconnected the car and drove back to camp. Watch was where he left it. So back on the road we headed north on HWY 101. For the most part of the day it was like riding on the wild mouse - even when Jay was only going 35. We figured out when California's sign says "rough road"...

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Aug 2, 2009 - Day 13

We drove to a small Victorian town named Ferndale. There were a lot of little shops for us to walk around. We ended up in a beeswax candle factory and bought some candles. There were multiple people who realized Jon’s accent; he wasn’t too thrilled he was trying to blend in with the locals. We were told by a few people to check out the beach down the street, they said it is the most active earthquake area in the country! It lies on three different fault lines. Then before returning to the hotel we stopped in at Ivanhoe restaurant. It was so...

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Road Trip 2009

Apr 4, 2009 - Avenue Of The Giants & Lost Coast

Today was a very exciting.... long..... day. We went to visit the Avenue of the Giants in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park. This is a world-famous 31 mile scenic drive with 51,222 acres of redwood groves. The Avenue of the Giants is surrounded by Humboldt Redwoods State Park which has the largest remaining redwoods in the world. I am adding pictures of our many stops along the way. We even drove our car through a huge redwood, it looked close, but we made it. :-) Our most shocking stop was when we pulled over to view a huge tree. After we...

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Apr 24, 2008 - Ferndale

Made it to Ferndale and Frans house...We had a great visit with lots of great food and sight seeing. Angel has turned into a maintenance pimp and put me to work right away on some needed jobs around Fran's house. It was all good, she needed some things done and I was able to let them visit without being under foot or bored. Fran had a big fenced yard so the dogs could run freely and in the process, met some new "friends" ...a bunch of young female cows that were just facinated witht the two of them. Silas was as happy as could be to talk...

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Sep 3, 2007 - Hugging big trees

And that doesn't mean my Native American male friend, as a colleague put it when I said that was what I was doing. So an early start, and I drove right through San Francisco along 19th Avenue and over the Golden Gate Bridge. I was quite proud of myself for managing this without getting lost, and it was a thrill to drive over the Bridge despite the fog obscuring much of the view. It was the first time since I've been here that I've felt cold. A lot of driving today, it took me nearly 5 hours to get to the Avenue of the Giants in the Humboldt...

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Aug 4, 2007 - Hwy 101 to Fortuna

Hwy 101 to Fortuna, CA A slow pleasant drive today, weaving our way back and forth between the shore and the redwoods. Both views were dramatic, boulder strewn beaches and giant sequoia trees. We stopped long enough in Klamath, CA to unhook Alphonse and drive him thru a tree! A very enterprising couple, back in 1976 took a 725 year old, fire scarred redwood tree chopped out the burnt area without killing the tree and opened it up for public viewing. I don't know exactly when or how but at some point someone drove a car through it and a new...

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