|Alan with Founders Tree-346 ft., 40 ft. circumference|
South Of Eureka, the highway divides into the new and the old 101 for 31 miles. The old highway is known as the Avenue of the Giants, and passes through a number of redwood groves, which are part of the Humboldt Redwood State Park. We stopped at the Founders Tree Grove. Even though there were a number of other visitors, it was peaceful, like being inside a cathedral. People’s voices were soft and reverent, as we walked along the short hike. Many organizations and individuals have donated funds for purchasing a single tree or a grove. The Save-the-Redwoods League has worked to preserve 200,000 acres of redwood forest.
Arriving at Caspar Headlands Beach, we found a packed campground and soon
discovered why. The following day, entrants would be
competing in the 2013 Triton X Open.
This is a free diving, spearfishing competition for fish and abalone. With water temperatures at 54 degrees and air
temperatures at 56 degrees, the divers were wearing heavy full body wet
suits. Competitors can swim or kayak out
into the bay, but no motorized vessels are allowed. Beginning at 6:30 A.M. with the weigh-in at
2P.M., by the time we wandered down to the beach at 9 A.M., some of the earlier
divers were returning with their catch.
|Competitor entering the chilly waters|
|Mendocino waterfront and Main Street|
Originally, we had plans to go into San Francisco to bike over the Golden Gate Bridge,
and to enjoy
watching some of the American Cup. Alan
decided that biking over the bridge was not really something he was going to be
able to do, unless he was blindfolded, which probably wouldn’t work well either. We opted instead to visit Point Reyes
National Seashore, at the recommendation of our friends, Bill and Catherine, who live in nearby San Rafael.
|Point Reyes Lighthouse|
The National Seashore has a mixture of recreational and commercial use. Cattle ranching since the 1850’s and oyster farming were in existence prior to the formation of the nature preserve and are still in operation. Miles of beaches and trails are available in the park, and on a clear day the view from the lighthouse is phenomenal. When winds are under 40mph, visitors are allowed to take the 300 steps down to the lighthouse.
|Harbor seals along the coast|
|Point Arena Lighthouse|
|Yard art in Mendocino|
|Plein air artist in Mendocino|
|Point Cabrilla Lighthouse|
|Redwoods dwarfing our rig|
|Beaches at Point Reyes|
|View from Point Reyes|
|Alan with our friends, Catherine and Bill|
|You can get a sore neck looking at these beauties. They can be nearly 380 feet tall, live up to 2000 years, have bark 12 inches thick and have a diameter of up to 22 feet at the base. They live along the Pacific Coast of California and in SW Oregon.|
|Along Hwy. 101|
|En route to Point Reyes|
|Drakes Bay and Pacific oysters (both were yummy!)|