Arriving in Eureka, CA on Wednesday afternoon, we were greeted by hubby’s sister, Micki, and her husband, Duane (photo below). Because we live at opposite ends of the state, we rarely get to visit so this was a rare treat! After a bit of catching up we parked the trailer in their driveway and were ready for a few days of fun.
See the beginning of our vacation here
After dining at a favorite restaurant of Micki and Duane’s, they drove us around Eureka showing us the highlights and points of interest including the Carson Mansion which the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland was modeled after. Incredible building, yes!
The next day, Thursday, after a lovely breakfast we took off to tour more of Eureka. Duane is a talented artist and paints murals, many of which we got to see during our stay. The one below was painted for the performing arts building. As you can see, it’s several stories high which presents a challenge in getting murals to scale. I can’t even imagine! Here’s a link to other great murals Duane has painted through the years.
Duane is also known for his dramatic and fun kinetic sculptures showcased during Burning Man and other events. Micki is a well known talented artist in her own right. You can see some of her beautiful paintings here and more of Duane’s here.
After touring Eureka we drove to the neighboring town of Ferndale which is known for its beautiful historic Victorian storefronts and homes. However before stopping to shop a bit, they took us to the town’s historic cemetery. I’ve never seen a cemetery quite like this one which we walked around taking pictures marveling at the layout! We then stopped at a couple of places in historic downtown area and picked up some candy, you gotta have candy! And nothing better than a candy shop!
With a driving force for food and brisk weather we headed back to Eureka stopping at the Loleta Cheese Factory in Loleta. A great little spot that you should visit! The cheese is fabulous and after a few tastings, we selected a couple of cheeses and other specialty foods we enjoyed through out trip! Hungry and ready for a meal, we picked up salmon, lemons, fresh corn on the cob and cooked a tasty meal back at their home while enjoying the camaraderie.
Friday arrived with a beautiful and sunny day so Ron and I went to Los Bagels in historic downtown Eureka for a wonderful breakfast. After indulging in a bagel breakfast special with designer coffee (hey, we’re on vacation) LOL, we checked out a few shops in the area before heading back to Micki’s.
What’s a day of vacation without seeing more sights and sounds along the way. The three of us (Micki, Ron, and I) headed to the beach, or I should say the famous Trinadad State Beach. Talk about a beautiful place!
We first went to the Seascape Restauant where we ordered sandwiches and real chocolate malts (one of the highlights of our trip!). I mean we all kept talking about the chocolate malts served in an old-fashion way where we even got the remaining malt in separate glasses! Woot! Come on, don’t tell me you’ve never had a malt…
After a relaxing meal, we walked out to the end of the pier taking plenty of pictures to keep the memories alive. Crossing the road we headed to Trinidad Beach to stroll beside the wake of the ocean waves taking even more photos on this super great day!
Getting back in the car we stopped at Old Home State Beach enjoying the view, the lighthouse and memorials, yet again, taking more pictures!
On Saturday we couldn’t pass up a trip to Arcata to visit the Farmer’s market. Unlike the Farmer’s markets here locally (at home in Temecula), this Farmer’s market not only showcased locally grown foods, but was a great place for community to come together with performers and musicians.
Working up an appetite (we seem to be doing that a lot), we stopped at the Café Brio for a wonderful brunch. It’s definitely a popular place since the line was out the door and they were out of their famous quiche I planned to order.
That afternoon/evening we all enjoyed a boat tour of the harbor with Madaket Cruises to learn the history of Humboldt on an 8.5 mile cruise along the shores of Humboldt Bay while the Captain explains local history, industries, activities, points of interests, and wildlife, all while being served cocktails, if one chooses!
On Sunday morning Micki, gifted us with one of her paintings. Not only is the painting beautiful, but it will have a special place in our hearts and home as she explained the story behind it. An amazing story played out in the talent of a remarkable lady. It hangs beautifully in our living room where it’s given a place of prominence when you walk in the front door.