This was my view as we set off up the Avenue.
Looking back to make sure Tj is still following.
Tj even managed to take pictures shooting straight up! I had my hands full just looking forward.
We share the road with tourists, lovers of redwoods, and goal-oriented cyclists headed for the border. Either border, and every day of the year!
The bridges of Humboldt County.
Tj LOVES old barns!
The big redwoods were cleared by hand, with great labor, and a few relics still survive to tell the story.We not only have big trees, I think we grow the largest marshmallows also!
Ferndale celebrates Christmas with special events all month. Tj and I book a room in this hotel and enjoy the season, and the town, one night each year since our friends treated us a few years back. The room in the middle is our favorite.
Leaving Ferndale and heading up Wildcat Ridge.
What a thrill this shot must have been for Tj... a barn, clouds, and flowers!
Did I mention that she likes barns?
A beautiful view, and springtime to boot!
It looks sunny and warm, but the wind was so wild on the ridge that the cloud shadows easily passed us on the road. Even Eric needed a coat.
Soon after reaching the headland of the cape, Eric pulled us over to show us his favorite Abalone spot. Turns out that Dennis knew a lot of the history of the area... we were parked at the site of the westernmost light house in the continental U.S. Tj even found the plaque. We also learned about the start of one of the most famous families in the area. To encourage settlement of the swamp land of the Louisiana Purchase, our gov. gave land rights to any unclaimed land which you could circumnavigate in a boat... so Mr. Russ sailed up the coast and off-loaded a team of mules and a rowboat. The mules dragged the boat hundreds of miles through rugged terrain to complete the loop. Much of the land in this area is still owned by his descendants.
The road has a few gravel stretches in the "Lost Coast" area.
This is the view looking east toward our ranch from the King Range.
Kurt, our favorite CalFire Forester, was on his way to supervise some restoration work on the paradise fire. His wife Suzy is the original owner of the bike Eric was riding. Kurt watched out for us during the fire which burned our ranch in 2003, and really helped rehabilitate fire-damaged areas before the winter rains set in. He is also tall enough to make a klr 650 look like a little dirt bike.
Dennis leading us back to "our" redwoods.
Back to "our" river.
And back to dinner and a game of pool at "our" local Mexican restaurant.