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California Road Trip – I Puked On Historic, Victorian Ferndale

When we last left off, I was puking my guts out in a hotel room in Eureka, California, plagued by a nasty stomach flu…

The next morning I woke up feeling a bit better, which was good since we only had the hotel for a night.  I slept in as late as possible and then I took a nap while Jon went for a run.  After he got back, I ate some bland toast and was able to keep it down, so we checked out and got on the road.  We looked around historic downtown Eureka and poked around a little antique shop (sadly I didn’t find anything I had to have).  We also stopped and took some photos of the Carson Mansion.

The Carson Mansion was built between 1884 and 1885 for William Carson, who earned his money shipping Redwood lumber in the middle and late 1800s.  The Carson Mansion has been a private club since 1950 and is not open to the public, so we were only able to take photos from the street, but it is a beautiful home!  The club does have information and photos of the interior of the mansion posted here.  The mansion is 3 stories (the cupola adds a fourth) and has 18 rooms.  Inside, the home is exquisitely detailed with Redwood paneling, ornate wood carvings and gorgeous stained glass windows.  The home was sold directly by the Carson family to the club, so the mansion has been maintained since it was built, and has never fallen into a state of disrepair like so many other fine, historic homes.

The Historic Carson Mansion - Eureka, California.  Constructed 1884 - 1886.  Architectural Style - A Mix of Several Victorian Styles, Including Eastlake, Italianate, Queen Anne (primary), and Stick.

The Historic Carson Mansion – Eureka, California. Constructed 1884 – 1885. Architectural Style – A Mix of Several Victorian Styles, Including Eastlake, Italianate, Queen Anne (primary), and Stick.

Our first destination after leaving Eureka was the Victorian town of Ferndale, population 1430 (have I ever mentioned that I love when cities tell you their population on the sign?).  The entire town of Ferndale is listed as a California Historic Landmark (#883).  We stopped at a little general store which had a neat eclectic mix of items, from modern decor and fancy food items, and several exhibits upstairs with antique items arranged in displays of rooms and shopfronts.  There were displays of a millinery, a dry goods store, and an exhibit on Chinese Foot Binding.  Well worth a visit.

Victorian Inn - Ferndale, California.  Built 1890.  Constructed of California Redwoods.

Victorian Inn – Ferndale, California. Built 1890. Constructed of California Redwoods.

A Victorian Building in Ferndale, California

A Victorian Building in Ferndale, California

We wandered the main street and I took some photos of the Victorian buildings.  We checked out the small grocery to see if there were any local items that intrigued us too.  By this time I was feeling hungry and hoping that I could eat something.  We stopped in at the Lost Coast Café and I asked the server (who was also the cook) if he had any soups that were bland, and he explained that he had a a cabbage soup in a tomato broth – normally he would serve it with a feta cheese garnishment, but I wasn’t sure that would be a great idea for my so recently traumatized stomach.

The soup was delicious, even though I didn’t go for the feta topping.  It was served with delicious homemade bread.  I only ate half of a small cup of soup – even though I was starving I didn’t want to risk eating too much.  I had a spearmint green tea, hoping to keep my stomach calm.  Jon had a really good salad with caramelized onions, olives, zucchini, tomato, feta cheese, and peppers.  Jon said it may have been the best salad he ever had.

The Lost Coast Café - Ferndale, California.  The Soup Was Excellent, Even Though I Couldn't Keep it Down.

The Lost Coast Café – Ferndale, California. The Soup Was Excellent, Even Though I Couldn’t Keep it Down.

Unfortunately, I didn’t keep my lunch down for long once we left the café.  Sadly, I only made it about 20 paces before I puked it up on the bark mulch at the base of a tree, on the main street of historic Victorian Ferndale.  A woman who was walking by watched me studying the base of the tree (I was assessing where would be my best option for lunch losing); she couldn’t figure out why I was so fascinated by that tree.  She got more than she bargained for.  Another of my not proud moments!

After I puked on Ferndale, we figured we had overstayed our welcome there and got back on the road…

We got back on California 101, towards Ukiah.  On the way, there is another worthwhile detour through the Avenue of the Giants, another huge stand of Redwood trees.  The Avenue of the Giants is a 31 mile stretch of the old highway 101.  It is an opportunity to drive through stands of old and new growth Redwood trees.  Avenue of the Giants claims the tallest tree in the world, at 370 feet.  There are lots of places to go hiking or camping, and you drive through several tiny little towns along the way.  It is a really beautiful area.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling well enough to go for a hike, so we settled for a few stops near the side of the road for pictures.

Our Honda Posing With a Redwood Tree - Avenue of the Giants.  These Trees are Huge!

Our Honda Posing With a Redwood Tree – Avenue of the Giants. These Trees are Huge!

By the time we reached Ukiah, I was feeling a bit better (have you heard this story before?).  We found our hotel and freshened up, and then did a bit of driving around Ukiah while it was still light out.  We stopped and peeked at the Redwood Tree Service Station, a little bit of Americana.  It was once a gas station, built in 1936 out of a Redwood trunk carved out inside.  It is now a small museum with gas station memorabilia.  It was closed when we visited, but it was neat to see the historic gas pumps out front.  Cute!

The Redwood Tree Service Station Museum - Ukiah, California

The Redwood Tree Service Station Museum – Ukiah, California

I tried to encourage Jon to try one of the delicious sounding restaurants that he had researched (I could just order white rice), but he didn’t want to have a fancy dinner if I wasn’t going to enjoy it too – what a sweet guy!  So instead, we stopped at a Food Coop and got some things for dinner.  I got some bland food – applesauce, bananas, and bread; but I was able to keep my dinner down – that was a vast improvement.

California Road Trip – Sea Lions and Ginger Ale

After we left the Battery Point Lighthouse, we headed down to see some Sea Lions.  We turned down Anchor Way in Crescent City, as recommended by the guide, and headed down the street a little ways to a dock right off the parking lot.  This tip was fantastic!  The Sea Lions were on a dock right next to the parking lot.  If you wanted, you could have walked right up and pet them!  That would be a really stupid move, but that’s how close they were!

These California Sea Lions Hang Out on a Dock Right Off the Parking Lot!

These California Sea Lions Hang Out on a Dock Right Off the Parking Lot!

California Sea Lions are mammals that are found all up and down the West Coast, but it seemed like they are much more common in California.  I don’t remember ever having seen a Sea Lion in Washington, although I have seen Harbor Seals.  I know they can be a nuisance animal, and I’m sure the folks in Crescent City think so, but I enjoyed them.

This Sea Lion is Checking Me Out Too!

This Sea Lion is Checking Me Out Too!

Then we continued down the road, stopping along the way to enjoy some of the scenic pullouts, and going to the Trees of Mystery – it is a tourist attraction where for $15 per person you can do a tour of the Redwood trees in a gondola.  We opted not to.  But I did get photos of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, who stand out front greeting visitors.  In the summer months, apparently Paul talks to people – I guess there is a way to get inside and look down at the tourists.  But in March, no one greeted us.

Paul Bunyon, Babe the Blue Ox, and Me

Paul Bunyon, Babe the Blue Ox, and Me

Our next stop was the Klamath River Overlook – you drive way up a long winding road to an overlook that looks out over the ocean and the mouth of the Klamath River.  It is beautiful and would be a great place to sit and have lunch or go for a hike.  It is also supposed to be a great vantage point for the migrating grey whales.  We didn’t see any though.  We didn’t hang out for too long – just saw the view and continued on our way.

Then we took a detour off Highway 101 to the Newton B. Drury Scenic Highway.  This stretch of road is only 10 miles long, and has several scenic turnouts where you can walk among the Redwoods.  We stopped at the Big Tree Wayside and took a walk in the grove.

It was still drizzling, so we didn’t go for a long hike, but we did visit the Big Tree.  21.6 feet in diameter and 68 feet in circumference, the Big Tree is over 300 feet tall, and approximately 1500 years old (just so you know it is not the largest tree in the world – I think it is fourth largest).  Apparently, there was a landowner in the late 1800s who wanted to cut down the Big Tree for a dance floor.  And he didn’t intend to mill the wood and build a dance floor; he was going to just have people dance on the stump!  I’m glad he didn’t go through with it!  Of course we had to pose like ants in the forest, to show just how massive the trees are.

Me Sizing Up the Big Tree

Me Sizing Up the Big Tree

Jon Walking Among the Redwoods.  Can You See Him Down There!?

Jon Walking Among the Redwoods. Can You See Him Down There!?

After the Newton B. Drury Scenic Highway, we continued down Highway 101 towards Eureka.  About a half hour outside of Eureka, I started to feel really queasy.  I made Jon pull over at one point because I thought I was getting carsick from all the curves in the road.  In hindsight, I wish!  When we got to the hotel, I was feeling really unsettled.  I got out of the car at the hotel to get checked in, and promptly threw up in their flower bed.  Not my best moment!  After we got checked in I continued vomiting for the rest of the night, and that’s when I realized I had the stomach flu that Jon had a couple of days before we left for the trip.  UGH!  Jon went out and explored Eureka a bit, and got some sickie essentials – Ginger Ale, crackers, bananas, while I laid in bed and tried to get some rest.  I rushed from the bed to the bathroom all evening.  Ahh… the best laid plans.  At least the day’s touristing was done.