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Humboldt County Wines ............... 7 Casinos in Humboldt .................... 7 Beads, Stones, Gems and More ....... 7 Humboldt County Breweries, Cideries & Distilleries .............. 8-11 5 Redwood Adventures .................. 18 6 Guided Nature Adventures............ 18 7 Disc Golf ................................. 19 8 Bicycling & Running .................... 19 9 Six Rivers National Forest ............. 19 10 Farmers’ Markets & Farm Stands ............................. 20 11 Humboldt’s Motorcycle Scene ........ 20

Richardson Grove, Piercy, Leggett 12 Thunderbird Mountain Trading Company ................................ 20 13 Richardson Grove State Park ......... 22 14 Campbell Bros. World Famous Confusion Hill ........................... 22

Garberville, Redway 15 Benbow Valley Golf Course ........... 24 16 Southern Humboldt Community Park ........................ 24

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Cape Mendocino Lighthouse ......... 26 Pacific Ocean Fishing .................. 26 Punta Gorda Lighthouse............... 26 King Range and Lost Coast Trail ..... 26

Avenue of the Giants: Phillipsville, Miranda, Myers Flat, Weott, Redcrest 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

All Around Humboldt ..................7-20 Arcata.................................. 71-77 Avenue of the Giants ................ 27-37 Phillipsville, Miranda, Myers Flat, Weott, Redcrest Blue Lake .................................. 77 Eureka ................................. 50-70 Eureka Dining ......................... 54-55 Ferndale ............................... 40-41 Fortuna ................................ 42-46 Garberville, Benbow & Redway .... 23-24 Humboldt Bay ........................ 62-64 Hwy 36 ~ Ruth Lake ..................... 39 Hwy 96 ~ Bigfoot Scenic Byway ........ 88 Hwy 299 & Trinity County ........... 86-87 Loleta ...................................... 47 McKinleyville .......................... 78-79 Orick ................................... 84-85 Piercy, Leggett - Southern Entrance to Humboldt County (Mendocino Co.) 21-22 Scotia and Rio Dell ....................... 38 Shelter Cove & The Lost Coast ..... 25-26 Trinidad ................................ 80-83

The Riverwood Inn ..................... 31 Myers Country Inn ..................... 32 Shrine Drive Thru Tree ............... 32 Redwood Visitor Center’s Travel Log ............................... 32 Humboldt Redwoods State Park ..... 34 Eel River Swimming Holes ............ 34 Redwood Hiking Trails ................. 35 Cuneo Creek Horse Camp ............. 35 The Eternal Tree House .............. 36 The Immortal Tree .................... 36 California Federation of Women’s Clubs Hearthstone .......... 36

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Humboldt Maps Ale & Spirits Trail ....................... 8 Arcata................................72-73 Arcata Plaza ............................75 Avenue of the Giants ..............28-29 Eureka ...............................52-53 Eureka Hwy 101 Corridor .............61 Eureka’s Old Town .....................59 Ferndale .................................41 Fortuna ..................................42 Fortuna Riverwalk .....................45 Garberville ..............................23 Humboldt County ....................... 3 Hwy 36, Ruth Lake, ...................39 Hwy 96 Bigfoot Scenic Byway ........88 Hwy 299 Trinity County ...............87 Loleta ....................................47 McKinleyville ............................79 Orick .....................................84 Patriot Gasoline Stations .........48-49 Scotia ....................................38 Shelter Cove ............................25 Trinidad ..................................81 Wineries in Humboldt County ......... 7

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Ferndale 33 Historic Ferndale Cemetery .......... 41 34 Centerville County Park and Beach . 41 35 Victorian Village of Ferndale ......... 41

Fortuna 36 Rohner Park ............................. 44 37 Korobi Stables .......................... 45 38 Chapman’s Gem & Mineral Shop and Museum ............................ 46 39 Fortuna Depot Museum ............... 46 40 Salmon Pass Trail ....................... 46

Loleta 41 Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge ......................... 47 42 South Spit Humboldt Bay & Table Bluff County Park ............... 47

Eureka 43 Old Town Haunted History Ghost Tours ............................. 58 44 Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides.......... 58 45 Eureka Summer Concert Series ...... 60 46 Eureka’s Historic Buildings ........... 60 47 M.V. Madaket Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruise ........................... 62 48 Kayaking & Paddleboarding on Humboldt Bay ....................... 63 49 Humboldt Coastal Nature Center .... 63 50 Samoa Cookhouse & Logging Museum ........................ 64 51 Woodley Island ......................... 64 52 Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum .... 64 53 Humboldt Botanical Garden .......... 65 54 Blue Ox Millworks and Historic Park 65 55 Eureka’s Public Sculptures ............ 66 56 Clarke Historical Museum ............. 66 57 Eureka’s Murals ......................... 67 58 Morris Graves Museum of Art ........ 67 59 Parasol Arts Pottery Painting ........ 67 60 Sequoia Park Zoo ...................... 68 61 Humboldt Roller Derby ................ 69 62 Fort Humboldt State Historic Park .. 69 63 Samoa Dunes Recreation Area ...... 70 64 Auto Races & Motorcycle Races ...... 70 65 Headwaters Forest Reserve .......... 70

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Arcata Community Forest ............. 71 Arcata’s Historic Landmarks .......... 74 Holly Yashi Handcrafted Jewelry .... 75 Humboldt Crabs Baseball ............. 75 Laurel Skye’s House of Mosaics ...... 75 Godwit Days Bird Migration Festival. 76 Public Activities at HSU ............... 76 The Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary ............................... 76 Mad River County Park ................ 76 Arcata Skatepark ....................... 77 Freshwater Park ........................ 77 Arcata Community Pool ............... 77

McKinleyville 78 Moonstone Beach & Clam Beach ..... 78 79 Azalea State Natural Reserve ......... 78 80 Hiller Park & Sports Complex / Mad River Bluffs .......... 79 81 Hammond Coastal Trail ............... 79

Trinidad 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90

Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse ........ 80 Trinidad State Beach .................. 81 Luffenholz Beach....................... 81 Big Lagoon County Park ............... 82 Kayaking Trinidad ...................... 82 Tide-Pooling ............................ 82 Patrick’s Point State Park ............ 83 Agate Beach............................. 83 Sumeg Village ....................... 83

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Redwood National & State Parks .... 84 Roosevelt Elk Viewing ................. 84 Humboldt Lagoons State Park ........ 85 Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park . 85 Amazing Fern Canyon ................. 85 Kayak Trips .............................. 85 Klamath River Jet Boat Tours ........ 85

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Hwy 96: Hoopa, Weitchpec, Happy Camp 1 0 0 Whitewater Rafting on the Klamath River ......................... 91

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umboldt County is a haven for travelers and residents alike. It features 160 miles of unspoiled coastline, hundreds of thousands of acres of coastal redwood trees, wild rivers, bustling seaports, quaint farming communities and fascinating historical areas. Travelers will find exceptional accommodations, fine restaurants, wonderful shops and numerous campgrounds and RV Parks in Humboldt County. They can explore the area’s rocky coastlines, warm inland communities and major rivers while taking advantage of the local businesses. The county is situated on the northern California coast 90 miles south of the Oregon border, and its largest towns are adjacent to Hwy 101. Eureka, the county seat, is about 300 miles north of San Francisco and just over 400 miles south of Portland, Oregon. In southern Humboldt, Hwy 101 is lined by some of the first large stands of redwoods encountered by northbound California travelers. Richardson Grove State Park is a magnificent 2,000 acres of redwoods, located nine miles south of the town of Garberville. The state acquired the area in the early 1920s, making it one of the oldest state parks in Cali-

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fornia. A jaunt down smaller side roads that exit Hwy 101 will lead travelers to the King Range National Conservation Area and Humboldt County’s Lost Coast. This adventure leads to hamlets such as Hidden Valley and Whitethorn, eventually ending at the town of Shelter Cove. Further north on Hwy 101 after leaving the towns of Garberville and Redway is the Avenue of the Giants, a 31-mile stretch of two-lane road, dotted with small unique towns, that winds through stands of huge redwoods along the Eel River. Humboldt Redwoods State Park is located along the Avenue and covers more than 52,000 acres. After leaving the Avenue of the Giants, travelers will once again be on Hwy 101 and will pass the town of Scotia, located on a striking wooded hillside overlooking a giant bend in the Eel River. Further north is the sunny inland town of Fortuna, known as the jewel of the Eel River Valley. Friendly Fortuna has developed tremendous accommodations for visitors in recent years, including several hotels along the Eel River and an attractive conference center. East of Fortuna, along State Hwy 36, is Grizzly Creek State Park, a favorite for hiking, camping and summer sun. The Victorian Village of Ferndale is just northwest of Fortuna and 16 miles south of Eureka. The entire town was designated a State Historical Landmark because of the strong preservation policies of its fine old commercial buildings and residences. Eureka contains more fine examples of Victorian architecture, particularly in the Old Town section along the city’s waterfront. Old Town is home to the extravagantly ornate Carson Mansion, one of the most photographed buildings in California. Eureka’s population of nearly 28,000 makes it the largest coastal city between San Francisco and the Oregon border. It has a multitude of excellent restaurants, cafes, specialty shops and lodging facilities. The city is also known for its large and active arts community. In fact, Humboldt County has the distinction of having more artists per capita than any other of the state’s 58 counties. Eureka is also a busy seaport with a large fishing fleet. A variety of activities can be enjoyed in and around the waters of Humboldt Bay, including kayaking, commercial fishing, sport fishing, oyster farming and even spotting a harbor seal or two. There are harbor tours aboard the M.V. Madaket, and the Woodley Island Marina is a great spot to take in a panoramic view of the waterfront. Seven miles north of Eureka is Arcata, home to Humboldt State University. Arcata is also known for its unique marsh and wildlife area that serves as a natural wastewater treatment filtration system. East of Arcata, along Hwy 299 and Hwy 96 are sunny Willow Creek and Hoopa, known for recreation along the Trinity and Klamath Rivers and their tributaries. Back along Hwy 101 the town of McKinleyville serves as the home of the Arcata-Eureka Airport, the county’s only commercial airport. In northern Humboldt County visitors will find the coastal jewels of Trinidad, which overlooks a beautiful sheltered harbor, and Orick, the gateway to Redwood National Park.

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Bear River Casino in Loleta Check out the generous slot machines at Bear River Casino, or great table games such as Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Blackjack, Spanish 21 and live action Craps and Californiastyle Roulette. Or visit their new Poker Den. There are two places to grab a bite or a drink, plus an elegant restaurant. WHERE: 11 Bear Paws Way, Loleta MORE INFO: 707-733-9644, 800-761-BEAR (2327), BearRiverCasino.com

Humboldt County is becoming a destination for tasting unique, handcrafted wines. There is a dedicated community of artisan wineries and vineyards whose passion and enthusiasm for wine is matched by the taste and quality of their products. While in the area take time to enjoy some of these quality wines at one of the local tasting rooms and wineries. Moonstone Crossing Winery has a tasting room in the beautiful coastal town of Trinidad. Enjoy its award winning wines while taking in the local art and historic photographs that adorn the walls. Wines are also available at local stores and restaurants. Open in the Winter: Wed, Thur (2 to 6pm), and Fri, Sat, Sun (noon to 6pm), in the Summer: daily (noon to 6pm), closed Tuesdays.  WHERE: 529 Trinity St., Trinidad MORE INFO: 707-845-5492, MoonstoneCrossing.com

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Cher-Ae Heights Casino in Trinidad Enjoy their more than 300 slot machines or play Single Deck 21, Texas Hold’em, or other exciting table games including California-style Roulette at Cher-Ae Heights Casino. This is also a great place for bingo fanatics, with an 800-seat hall. When you get hungry, there are three restaurants on site to serve you. WHERE: 27 Scenic Dr., Trinidad MORE INFO: 707-677-3611, 800-684-2464, CherAeHeightsCasino.com

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Riverbend Cellars in Myers Flat on the Avenue of the Giants is not only known RiverbendCellars.com for the majestic redwood trees in the area, but also for the outstanding wines of Riverbend Cellars. This extraordinary winery provides an exceptional opportunity for wine sampling at its tasting room, which is open daily: summer 11am-6pm, winter noon-5pm, and group tastings and tours by appointment. Riverbend Cellars also offers a selection of specialty foods, picnic items, local art and much more. WHERE: 12990 Ave. of the Giants, Myers Flat (at Hwy 101 and Myers Flat exit) MORE INFO: 707-943-9907, RiverbendCellars.com

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Blue Lake Casino and Hotel in Blue Lake Play exciting casino table games including live Poker, or try your hand at some of the 800+ slot machines at Blue Lake Casino and Hotel. Take in a live show or dance, then dine at the 24-hour restaurant buffet or in the elegant banquet hall before returning to your hotel room for the night. WHERE: 777 Casino Way, Blue Lake MORE INFO: 707-668-9770, 877-BLC-2WIN [252-2946], BlueLakeCasino.com

Whether wearing it, admiring it or making it, most people simply love jewelry. If you like to create jewelry, you’ll discover many delightful bead shops in Humboldt County, where you can find what you need to craft your own pieces. Choose from wooden, glass, gem, stone, bone, metal, plastic or crystal beads — the variety will get your creativity flowing. • Chapman’s Gem and Mineral Shop, Hwy 101, 4 mi. south of Fortuna, 707-725-2714, ChapmansGemandMineralShop.com • Garden of Beadin’, 752 Redwood Dr., Garberville, 800-BEAD LUV (232-3588), GardenOfBeadin.com • Heart Bead, 830 G St., Arcata Plaza, 707-826-9577, HeartBead.com • Talisman, 214 F St., Old Town Eureka, 707-443-1509, TalismanBeadsEureka.com

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Welcome to the wineries, cideries and vineyards of Humboldt County — an artisan community whose passion and enthusiasm for wine and cider is matched by the quality of their products. Humboldt is a county of diverse growing and wine making areas scattered amongst the redwoods, winding rivers, forest canyons and Pacific Ocean landscape. Vintners open by appointment are happy to welcome guests and a few are open daily. 1. BERGERON WINERY

Winter: M&W-F 3-7, Sa-Su 2-7 Summer: M&W-F 2-8, Sa-Su 12-8, Closed Tuesdays 707-677-5177, 359 Main St, Trinidad BergeronWinery.com _________________________________ 2. CARTER HOUSE INNS AND RESTAURANT 301

800-404-1390, 707-444-8062 301 L St, Eureka, CA 95501 CarterHouse.com _________________________________ 3. FROG ALLEY CELLARS

707-786-4353 1436 Ambrosini Ln, Ferndale Owners: Francis and Sharon Brazil _________________________________ 4. HUMBOLDT CIDER COMPANY

Open Sa 12-9; Su noon-6 707-798-6023 3750 Harris St, Eureka Owners: Michelle and Darren Cartledge, and Jamie Ashdon HumboldtCiderCompany.com _________________________________

8. MOONSTONE CROSSING WINERY AND TASTING ROOM

Tasting: Summer Wed-Mon noon-6pm, Winter Wed-Thu 2-6, Fri-Sun Noon-6 707-845-5492, 529 Trinity St, Trinidad Owners: Don Bremm and Sharon Hanks MoonstoneCrossing.com _________________________________ 9. MYRTLEWOOD LIQUORS & JOHN’S CIGARS

Open Daily, 707-444-8869 1648 Myrtle Ave, Eureka Owner: John Baddeley Wine Tasting Room, Premium Wines _________________________________

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Here in Humboldt County, tours and tasting rooms are not just for wine lovers any more. Beginning with the advent of local breweries, and more recently with the appearance of homegrown cideries and distilleries, opportunities now abound for aficionados of other adult beverages to observe their favorite libations being created, and to sample the final product. Beer and ale, cider, whiskey, vodka, rum, brandy… the choices are dizzying. Made from natural ingredients, often local and/or organic, the North Coast’s skilled artisans have succeeded in capturing lightning in a bottle for lucky locals and visitors to take home with them. Be sure to call ahead for tasting hours and the times of tours, or to make reservations where tours are by appointment only. It’s fun, educational and tasty! RedwoodCurtainBrewing.com

Redwood Curtain Brewing Company Redwood Curtain Brewing Co., family owned and operated since 2010, is devoted to brewing multi-dimensional hand crafted ales and lagers for beer lovers of all types. Their expanded tasting room features 24 ales that are brewed right here in Arcata on South G Street, across from the Arcata Marsh. Redwood Curtain specializes in beer, not food. Since they do not serve food in the tasting room, they encourage beer lovers to bring in a snack or meal, or have something delivered. The Brewery promotes weekly rotating events and is open daily at noon. Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 6pm. All ages are welcome. WHERE: 550 South G. St., Unit 4, Arcata MORE INFO: 707-826-RCBC (7222), RedwoodCurtainBrewing.com

Mad River Brewing Company In 1989, a home-brewer took his obsession with hand-crafted beer to the next level. Building from the ground up, using equipment outgrown by pioneers of the craft beer industry, Mad River Brewing was born. For over 26 years, Mad River has continued this passion by brewing traditional ales in the very same facility where the journey began, merely a stone’s throw from the Mad River in Humboldt County. Their flagship, Steelhead Extra Pale Ale, and their other award winning brews have gained worldwide recognition for their unique flavor profile and consistent quality. Through dedication to producing the highest quality craft beer, they continue to pursue outstanding ales and expand the art of brewing. CHEERS to great beer! WHERE: 101 Taylor Way, Blue Lake MORE INFO: 707-668-4151 Ext. 106, MadRiverBrewing.com

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Enjoy great food and award-winning beer in the family-friendly atmosphere of Lost Coast Brewpub and Café in Old Town Eureka. Enjoy the whimsical decor and watch for the giant spider and the surfboard that saved its rider from the jaws of a great white shark. Take 101 north to G St., turn left and go two blocks. There is plenty of parking in the back. The restaurant is open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner. WHERE: 617 Fourth St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-445-4480, Lostcoast.com

Lost Coast Brewery NOW OPEN! Lost Coast Brewery’s brand-new brewing facility is open to the public. Take a tour, enjoy a cold brew in the tap room and shop for souvenirs. Grab a cone in the ice cream parlor. Call ahead for days and hours of operation. WHERE: 1600 Sunset Dr., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-267-9651, Lostcoast.com

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Humboldt County boasts six breweries, two cideries and three craft distilleries with rumors of more to come all the time. Humboldt Beer Tours offers a unique way to experience these tasty libations and the companies that hand craft them. Let their knowledgeable tour guides help you enjoy these local products safely and in style. To see the public tours they offer check out their website. If you are interested in a private tour call or email to start planning your event today. Drink craft, drink local! WHERE: From Fortuna, north through Eureka and Arcata, to McKinleyville, and east to Blue Lake. MORE INFO: 855-949-BEER, HumboldtBeerTours.com

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The Annual Hops in Humboldt, held in August at Fortuna’s Rohner Park, features over 35 of the best breweries from across the country. Listen to live bands and cruise different art and craft vendors selling everything from Humboldt clothes to local hand blown glassware. See pages 12 and 13 for this and many other events and festivals in Humboldt County.

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Six Rivers Brewery Six Rivers Brewery is a proud member of Humboldt Made, and prides itself on being the culmination of good food, great beer and the love of a good time; providing quality and distinctive small batch craft beer and menu items utilizing local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Six Rivers Brewery features daily and weekly specials, signature cocktails, 12 taps, and is open at 10am every Sunday during football season for bottomless mimosas and brunch! “The Brew with a View” is situated on top of the hill in McKinleyville, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. WHERE: 1300 Central Ave., McKinleyville MORE INFO: 707-839-7580, SixRiversBrewery.com

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Eel River Brewing Company

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A visit to the Eel River Brewing Company Pub is a must for all Lost Coast travelers. Located in the historic Clay Brown Mill, the pub is filled with memorabilia and photographs of the Eel River Valley’s remarkable history. Belly up to the bar for one of ERB’s best sellers on draft or try one of five specialty beers, exclusively offered in the pub. Enjoy a menu of local ingredients and handcrafted pub fare. If the sun is out, ERB offers Humboldt’s biggest beer garden, complete with a standard sized horseshoe pit. Food, drink and fun. WHERE: 1777 Alamar Way, Fortuna MORE INFO: 707-725-2739, EelRiverBrewing.com

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Located in the red building at Redwood Acres Fairground in Eureka, Humboldt Cider Company creates delicious, refreshing craft cider. They press their apples on site during apple harvest season, capturing the essence of the variety as well as experimenting with new blends and interesting flavors. Keeping it as local as possible, when starting out the company bought most of their equipment from a winery in Carlotta, built their tasting room from as much local and reused materials as possible, and the majority of their apples come from all over Humboldt and a family farm in Mendocino County. Enjoy the tasting room and outdoor cider garden Friday 5 to 9pm, Saturdays 12 to 9pm and Sundays 12 to 8pm. WHERE: 3750 Harris St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-798-6023, HumboldtCiderCompany.com

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Events & Festivals all area codes (707) unless otherwise noted

ONGOING Humboldt Roller Derby Eureka  HumboldtRollerDerby.com Grange Breakfasts For all Humboldt Grange information:  BaysideGrange.org/humboldt

ART WALKS: Arts! Arcata Second Friday each month  ArcataMainStreet.com

Kinetic Grand Championship in May, three days over Memorial Day weekend, Arcata, Eureka, Ferndale, photo by Denise Comiskey

First Saturday Night Arts Alive! Eureka  EurekaMainStreet.org McKinleyville Arts Night Third Friday night each month  McKinleyvilleArtsNight.com Trinidad Art Nights! First Fridays May through October  TrinidadArtNights.com

JANUARY Calif. State High School Rodeo, Dist. 2 Ferndale • 786-4477  VictorianFerndale.com Humboldt Ice Rink Fortuna • 362-5095  HumboldtIceRink.com Eureka Crab Crawl Festival Eureka • 442-9054  EurekaMainStreet.org

FEBRUARY Ferndale Firemen’s Games Ferndale • 786-4477  VictorianFerndale.com Perilous Plunge Eureka • 442-9054  EurekaMainStreet.org Trinidad to Clam Beach Run Trinidad • 677-1610  TrinidadToClamBeach.com

MARCH A Taste of Main Street Eureka • 442-9054  EurekaMainStreet.org Aleutian Goose Fly-off Weekend Loleta • 733-5406  FWS.gov/refuge/humboldt_bay Daffodils by the River Fortuna • 498-3241  Facebook: Fortuna Garden Club Ferndale Easter Egg Hunt Ferndale • 786-4477  VictorianFerndale.org Foggy Bottom Milk Run and Walk Ferndale • 845-0001  FoggyBottomMilkRun.com HumDog Expo Redwood Acres, Eureka 445-3037  RedwoodAcres.com Random Peoples Monologues Project Redway • 923-3368  Mateel.org

MARCH-APRIL Redwood Coast Music Festival Eureka • 445-3378  RCMFest.org

APRIL Artists of the Emerald Coast Fine Art Show & Wine Tasting Redway • 923-3368  Mateel.org 12 Humboldt County • 101Things.com

Dolbeer Steam Donkey Days Fort Humboldt State Historic Park Eureka • 445-6547

Best of Humboldt Redwood Acres Fair Redwood Acres, Eureka 445-3037  RedwoodAcres.com

Sand Sculpture Festival Manila • 444-1397  FriendsOfTheDunes.org

Godwit Days Bird Festival Arcata • 826-7050  GodwitDays.org

Dell’Arte Mad River Festival Blue Lake • 668-5663  DellArte.com

Home and Garden Show Redwood Acres, Eureka 445-3037  RedwoodAcres.com

Garberville Rodeo Garberville • 223-1046  GarbervilleRodeo.org

Southern Humboldt 4th of July Fireworks Show Benbow  Garberville.org

Humboldt International Film Festival Arcata • 826-3566  HSUFilmFestival.com

North Coast Open Studios Arcata • 442-8413  NorthCoastOpenStudios.com

Recreation Show Redwood Acres, Eureka 445-3037  RedwoodAcres.com Rhododendron Festival & Parade Eureka • 442-3738  EurekaChamber.com

MAY Avenue of the Giants Marathon  TheAve.org Ferndale Memorial Day Parade Ferndale • 786-4477  VictorianFerndale.org Kinetic Grand Championship Memorial Day Weekend Arcata, Eureka, Ferndale • 786-3443  KineticGrandChampionship.com May Day Celebration Eureka • 444-3437  BlueOxMill.com Mother’s Day Kinetic Classic Kid-Powered Art Race Eureka • 786-3443  KineticClassic.org

Pony Express Days McKinleyville • 839-2449  McKinleyvilleChamber.com Redwood Run Piercy  RedwoodRun.org Summer Arts and Music Fest Benbow Lake State Recreation Area 923-3368  Mateel.org Trinidad Fish Festival Father’s Day • 677-1610  TrinidadCalif.com Youth Expo Redwood Acres, Eureka 445-3037  RedwoodAcres.com Yurok Brush Dance Patrick’s Point State Park • 677-3110

JULY Campfire Storytelling Trinidad • 822-4477  NorthCoastStorytellers.InkPeople.org

Portuguese Holy Ghost Celebration Ferndale • 786-4477  VictorianFerndale.com

Ferndale 4th of July Celebration and Parade 786-4477  VictorianFerndale.org

Tour of the Unknown Coast 845-6117  TUCCycle.org

Fortuna Fireworks Festival Fortuna • 725-3959  FriendlyFortuna.com

JUNE, JULY, AUGUST Humboldt Crabs Baseball Arcata • 826-2333  HumboldtCrabs.com Summer Concert Series Eureka • 442-9054  EurekaMainStreet.org

Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo Fortuna • 572-7855  RedwoodAutoXpo.org Fortuna Rodeo Fortuna • 725-3959  FortunaRodeo.com

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Fourth of July Festival Eureka • 442-9054  EurekaMainStreet.org

Arcata Bay Oyster Festival Arcata • 822-4500  OysterFestival.net

Fourth of July Jubilee Arcata • 822-3619  ArcataChamber.com

Art and Wine in the Park Rohner Park, second Sunday June 725-9261  SunnyFortuna.com

Humboldt Folklife Festival Blue Lake  HumboldtFolklife.org Orick Rodeo Orick • 488-2885  Orick.net

AUGUST Bridgefest & Flying Saucer Contest Bridgeville • 777-1775 BridgevilleCommunityCenter.org Campfire Storytelling Trinidad • 822-4477  NorthCoastStorytellers.InkPeople.org Concerts on the Plaza Sundays, Arcata • 822-4500  ArcataMainStreet.com Hops in Humboldt Fortuna • info@hopsinhumboldt.com  HopsInHumboldt.com Humboldt County Fair Ferndale • 786-9511  HumboldtCountyFair.org Humboldt Makers Street Fair Eureka  HumboldtMakersFair.com Picnics on the Plaza Fridays, Arcata • 822-4500  ArcataMainStreet.com Reggae on the River French’s Camp • 923-3368  Mateel.org Sumeg Village Day Patrick’s Point State Park Trinidad • 677-3110 Wildwood Days Rio Dell • 764-3329  WildwoodDays.org Woofstock Eureka • 442-1782  Woofstock.org

SEPTEMBER Chicken Wing Fest Fundraiser Against Meth Use Eureka  ChickenWingFest.org Cruz ‘N’ Eureka Car Show Eureka • 444-9636  CruzNEureka.com Humboldt Hoedown Redway • 923-3368  Mateel.org Humboldt Pride Parade Eureka • 442-9054  EurekaMainStreet.org Natural Fiber Fair Arcata • 599-2729  NaturalFiberFair.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


Medieval Festival of Courage in October, Blue Lake, photo by Eva York, MedievalFestivalOfCourage.org

North Country Fair Arcata • 822-5320  SameOldPeople.org Paddlefest Eureka • 826-3357  Humboldt.edu/centeractivities Redwood Coast Dahlia Festival Humboldt County Fairgrounds, Ferndale  VictorianFerndale.org Ruth Lake Summer Festival Ruth Lake Recreational Campground 574-6143  HTRAonline.org Trinidad Rockfish Wars Kayak Fishing Tournament 822-0321  PacificOutfitters.com

OCTOBER Fall Splendor Fashion Show Redway • 923-3368  Mateel.org Fortuna Apple Harvest Fest 725-3959  FortunaChamber.com Garberville Halloween Fest 923-2613  Garberville.org Halloween Boogie Redway • 923-3368  Mateel.org Halloween Carnival & Dinner Humboldt County Fairgrounds Ferndale • 786-5300 Loleta Volunteer Fire Dept. Antique Show Loleta • 498-2671 Medieval Festival of Courage Blue Lake  MedievalFestivalOfCourage.org Pastels on the Plaza Arcata • 822-7206  NCSHeadstart.org Trick or Treat Downtown & Old Town Eureka • 442-9054  EurekaMainStreet.org Trick or Treat On & Around the Plaza Arcata • 822-4500  ArcataMainStreet.com

NOVEMBER Blue Ox Craftsman’s Days Eureka • 444-3437  BlueOxMill.com Holiday Open House Henderson Center, Eureka Facebook: Henderson Center Merchants Humboldt Gem and Mineral Show Redwood Acres, Eureka 445-3037  RedwoodAcres.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

Sand Sculpture Festival in July, Manila, photo by Steven Vander Meer, MeerImage.com Humboldt Crabs Baseball, June through August, Arcata, HumboldtCrabs.com

Humboldt Hemp Fest Redway • 923-3368  Mateel.org Humboldt Ice Rink Fortuna • 362-5095  HumboldtIceRink.com Intertribal Gathering and Elders Dinner Redwood Acres, Eureka 445-8451  NCIDC.org

Humboldt Ice Rink Fortuna • 362-5095  HumboldtIceRink.com KEKA Truckers’ Christmas Parade Eureka • 442-5744  Keka.com info tab Recycled Youth Annual Show Redway • 923-3368  Mateel.org

Mushroom Fair Redwood Acres, Eureka • 445-3037  RedwoodAcres.com

Season of Wonder & Light Arcata • 822-4500  ArcataMainStreet.com

Thanksgiving Day Marsh Walk Arcata • 826-2359  ArcataMarshFriends.org

Snowball Drop Eureka • 442-9054  EurekaMainStreet.org

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Eureka • 442-9054  EurekaMainStreet.org

Winter Arts Faire Redway • 923-3368  Mateel.org

DECEMBER Christmas Lighted Tractor Parade Ferndale • 786-4477  VictorianFerndale.org

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Christmas Tree Lighting (World’s Tallest Living Christmas Tree) Ferndale • 786-4477  VictorianFerndale.com Electric Lighted Parade and Downtown Open House 725-3959  FortunaChamber.com Fortuna Christmas Music Fest River Lodge Conference Center, Fortuna 725-3959  FortunaChamber.com Holiday Crafts Fair River Lodge Conference Center, Fortuna 725-3959  FortunaChamber.com Humboldt Artisans Crafts & Music Festival Redwood Acres, Eureka 445-3037  RedwoodAcres.com

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he stars shine brighter outside the big city: Humboldt’s performing arts scene is proof. Indulge your inner art lover with first-rate theatre and dance, music and stand-up comedy, poetry and pageantry, storytelling and magic.

Arcata Playhouse

Since 2006 the Arcata Playhouse and Playhouse Arts have established themselves as vital contributors to the cultural life of Arcata and Humboldt County. By presenting exciting, high quality music and theater in an intimate setting for young and old alike, the Playhouse has garnered a stellar reputation as one of our community’s finest cultural gems. WHERE: in the historic Old Creamery building, 9th and L Sts., Arcata MORE INFO: 707-822-1575, ArcataPlayhouse.org

Meschiya Lake & The Little Bighorns at Redwood Coast Music Festival in Eureka, 2015, photo by Steve Hammons

CenterArts

Humboldt State’s performing arts presenter is one of the region’s most exciting arts organizations. People on the North Coast can fill their nights with the inspiration and excitement of live music, theater and dance. Presented on the HSU campus, CenterArts will be offering such diverse world-class entertainers as The Chieftains, Delfeayo Marsalis & Ellis Marsalis, Peter Frampton, Aimee Mann, Acoustic Africa and much more in the 2016 Season. WHERE: Humboldt State University, 1 Harpst St., Arcata MORE INFO: 707-826-3928, Humboldt.edu/centerarts/home

Dell’Arte is a unique physical comedy theater company that has been at the fore-

front of the ensemble theater movement for more than 30 years. It develops original works of theater through an ensemble process, and has performed at international festivals. Dell’Arte’s Mad River Festival brings together performers and audience members for productions of theater, music, comedy, storytelling, clown, puppetry and more, and is hosted in Dell’Arte’s two theaters in Blue Lake and other venues in the area. WHERE: 131 H St., Blue Lake MORE INFO: 707-668-5663 (Reservations: ext 120), DellArte.com

The Eureka Symphony

For more than 20 years, a talented and enthusiastic group of local musicians have gathered together to create the Eureka Symphony. Their performances offer something for everyone, from those passionate about classical music to those with a casual interest in the works of famous composers of the last 400 years. Eureka Symphony desires to bring classical music to the residents, visitors and players in Humboldt County, and hopes to educate those new, or seasoned, classical musical supporters. MORE INFO: 707-441-3818, Tickets 707-845-3655, EurekaSymphony.com

Ferndale Repertory Theatre

offers a year-round schedule of live performances as well as a number of special events. Located on Main Street in the Victorian Village of Ferndale in the historic Hart Building (built in 1920), Ferndale Rep is the longest-running live theater on California’s North Coast. WHERE: 447 Main St., Ferndale MORE INFO: 707-786-5483, FerndaleRep.org

The Humboldt Light Opera Company

offers high-quality live musical entertainment and has gained an impressive reputation since their first show in 1973. They have performed some of the most famous shows to grace Broadway in various Humboldt County theaters. MORE INFO: 707-630-5013, HLOC.org

The Mateel Community Center

is a nonprofit arts center in Redway that sponsors and hosts a wide range of events including cabaret, comedy, theater, dance, music, mime, monologue and storytelling. The Mateel Community Center’s major events are Reggae on the River and the Summer Arts & Music Festival, both of which attract art and music lovers from around the country. The Mateel Community Center Hall provides the local community with a venue for concerts, weddings, birthdays, fundraisers, annual meetings, seminars and other events. WHERE: 59 Rusk Ln., Redway MORE INFO: 707-923-3368, Mateel.org

North Coast Dance is “Where Dance Lives!” The mission of North Coast Dance

is to provide quality training, education and performances in dance for the North Coast. It is a nonprofit organization. NCD strives to make dance accessible to everyone in the community, with instruction in kinder through adult ballet, pointe, pre-pointe, hula, belly dancing, hip hop, ballroom, and men’s ballet. Summer camps and scholarships are available, and a children’s dance camp — Passport to Dance — is held every summer. Its annual production of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” has become a much-loved Humboldt County institution. WHERE: 426 F St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-442-7779, NorthCoastDance.org

The North Coast Repertory Theatre

has been offering a full season of contemporary and classic plays and musicals of the highest quality for over 30 years. Today NCRT produces a robust six-play season along with occasional second stage productions. WHERE: 300 Fifth St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-442-NCRT (6278), NCRT.net

Humboldt Folklife Society teaches, celebrates and encourages participa- Redwood Curtain Theatre presents a season of performances focused tion in traditional music and dance. They offer an ongoing calendar of events including barn dances, song circles and classes. During July, the Humboldt Folklife Society hosts a week-long Humboldt Folklife Festival at Dell’Arte in the heart of Blue Lake, celebrating Humboldt’s many talented musicians. In early August there is also the Buddy Brown Blues Festival, a showcase of local blues musicians also in Blue Lake. MORE INFO: HumboldtFolklife.org

on contemporary theatre, as well as bold new interpretations of the classics, with a consistent drive towards quality and the fresh exploration of the human condition. They are committed to demonstrating leadership and advancing art as a vehicle for bringing communities together. WHERE: 220 First St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-443-7688, RedwoodCurtain.com

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Arcata

Bed & Breakfasts

The Lady Anne Inn 902 14th St, Arcata, 707-822-2797 LadyAnneInn.com • Restored 1888 Queen Anne-style Victorian mansion on hill overlooking Humboldt Bay, $115 and up. Gardens, bay and town views, full cooked-to-order breakfast.

Myers Flat

Myers Country Inn 12913 Avenue of the Giants Myers Flat, 800-500-6464 MyersInn.com • Restored, historic 1800s stage-stop inn, well-appointed rooms, extensive local history collection, $180-$225. Forest, river views, full gourmet breakfast.

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707-822-0935, 877-822-0935 ArcataStay.com • Network offering a variety of vacation lodgings including Rose Court Cottage Bed and Breakfast. Fireplace, kitchenette, and English garden. $169/night, double occupancy. Gourmet breakfast tailored to your dietary preferences.

400 Ocean Ave, Ferndale 888-589-1808, 707-786-4949 VictorianVillageInn.com Luxurious full service historic inn with modern amenities in the Victorian Village of Ferndale. $105-$295. Full breakfast downstairs in the VI Restaurant dining room.

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400 Berding St, Ferndale 855-786-4001

Lost Whale Inn 3452 Patrick’s Point Dr, Trinidad, 800-677-7859

Shaw House Inn

Trinidad Bay Bed & Breakfast

Carter House Inns 301 L St, Eureka, 800-404-1390 CarterHouse.com • Four magnificent Victorian hotels perched alongside Humboldt Bay in Old Town, Eureka, with unparalleled accommodations and service. $159-$385. Complimentary wine and hors d’oevres around the fire and a full breakfast each morning. Carter House Inns, pg 56

Victorian Inn

Cornelius Daly Inn

Hydrangea Inn

2419 F St, Eureka 707-442-0415 Ship’s Inn Bed & Breakfast

821 D St, Eureka 877-443-7583

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Trinidad

Gingerbread Mansion

703 Main St, Ferndale 800-557-7429

560 Edwards St, Trinidad 707-677-0840 Turtle Rocks Oceanfront Inn

3392 Patrick’s Point Dr, Trinidad, 707-677-3707

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he lifestyle here is unquestionably different from that of other California locales. Humboldt County continues to be a popular relocation choice; people seem to visit for a couple of days and end up coming back to live permanently. Whether for retirement, recreation opportunities or just a different environment, most people settle here for a better quality of life. The county offers abundant natural beauty, mild weather, friendly towns and a minimum of traffic and pollution. Due to its varied terrain, finding the right spot to settle in Humboldt County can take some study. Local real estate agents divide the county into six regions: South County, Mid-County, South Bay, North Bay, Northwest County and Northeast County. Each has its own distinct personality and attributes. Southern Humboldt, also referred to as South County, is a rural, mountainous area blessed with clean air, a warm, sunny climate, towering redwoods, lush state parks, wilderness areas and rugged coastline. Most of its small communities are along Hwy 101 and the Avenue of the Giants, a scenic drive in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. To the north is Mid-County. The area is still mostly rural, but also includes the vibrant community of Fortuna and the nearby Victorian Village of Ferndale. Fortuna is generally sunnier than nearby Eureka or Ferndale, both of which experience coastal fog. The entire town of Ferndale is a National Historic Landmark and will appeal to those who love Victorian buildings, pastoral countryside and small village ambiance. The South Bay section of the county is named for its proximity to Humboldt Bay and includes the most populous city, Eureka. With a population of over 28,000, Eureka has a wide spectrum of housing choices from modest bungalows to ornate refurbished Victo-

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rian mansions. Local real estate agents can describe the dozens of individual neighborhoods, school districts and microclimates of Eureka. The college town of Arcata is in the North Bay region of the county along with McKinleyville, the county’s fastest growing community. Arcata has historically had consistently higher real estate prices than the rest of the county due primarily to the presence of Humboldt State University; however, in recent years McKinleyville’s home values have been on par with Arcata’s. With HSU’s enrollment of about 8,000 students, rental properties are rarely vacant. Furthermore, geographical restrictions leave little room for new housing in the attractive city. Arcata has a unique wildlife sanctuary on the bay as well as a central plaza that hosts numerous annual celebrations. McKinleyville, just seven miles north of Arcata, does have room to expand, and it is here that one finds the largest numbers of new homes in the county. Just east of McKinleyville is Fieldbrook, where most homes are on large lots or acreage. Blue Lake is a small hamlet along the Mad River just out of the coastal fog belt east of Arcata that is gaining popularity among home buyers. The Northwest County area is home to the tiny but unique harbor village of Trinidad. Despite being one of California’s smallest incorporated cities with a population under 400, some of the county’s most expensive properties are found here in stunning custom coastal homes. Adding to the value of homes here is the close proximity to many parks and beaches. Northeast County is a vast rural region that includes the Trinity and Klamath rivers, the Trinity Alps and the Hoopa Indian Reservation. It is a great area for fishermen, boaters and nature enthusiasts. Summer temperatures reach an average high in the mid-90s, and winter usually brings rainstorms with snow at the higher elevations. The town of Willow Creek is situated along Hwy 299 and the town of Orleans is along Hwy 96. The most active months for home sales are July through September. Humboldt County has always given consumers more bang for their buck compared to Southern California or the San Francisco Bay Area. For those who prefer to rent, the rental market is relatively tight, and nice properties are not on the market long. Generally, more rural, country homes tend to command a higher price here. Commercial real estate is an attractive option for some due to the area’s lower prices. Some of the people interested in a lifestyle change who move to the area opt to buy an existing business rather than look for a job.

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2700 Dolbeer Street, Eureka...............................................445-8121 General Hospital campus, 2200 Harrison, Eureka ...............445-8121

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3300 Renner Drive, Fortuna .................................................725-3361

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Want to get away from it all and enjoy some quality time in the great outdoors? Redwood Parks Lodge Company offers full-service hospitality to all visitors to Redwood National and State Parks. It is conveniently located in the heart of Redwood National Park, Fern Canyon, Prairie Creek State Park, beaches, and just a few minutes from world famous Lady Bird Johnson RedwoodAdventures.com Grove. Hike, bike, fish, kayak or ride a horse in the home of the world’s tallest trees. They have packages for individuals and groups, including couples, families, hiking groups, school field trips, weddings, photographers and artists, small businesses looking for a retreat, or anyone else looking to make their vacation a Redwood Adventure. WHERE: 7 Valley Green Camp Rd., Orick MORE INFO: 707-488-2222, info@teamredwood.us, RedwoodAdventures.com

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Guided Nature Adventures

It can be rewarding to head out on your own to one of the many hiking trails that crisscross the rugged wilderness of Humboldt County, soaking in the amazing diversity of plant and animal life — but it can be difficult to get a scientific understanding of all the things you’re seeing along the way. If you’re interested in learning about the things around you, sign up for a guided nature tour. A number of guides offer their expert service and experience to curious visitors of Humboldt County. The Friends of the Arcata Marsh offers free nature walks that focus on the birds, animals and plants that live and grow in the region. Regularly scheduled tours take place on Saturdays, rain or shine. WHERE: Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center, 569 South G St., Arcata MORE INFO: 707-826-2359, ArcataMarshFriends.org The Redwood Region Audubon Society offers birding and other natural history trips to virtually every corner of northwestern California. The chapter also leads regularly scheduled walks at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. MORE INFO: 707-822-5666, RRAS.org, rras@rras.org

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The discus throw was introduced at the Ancient Olympic Games in 708 B.C., and the modern game of golf dates back to the 15th century in Scotland. It was not until 1926, however, that we have any record of the two games being merged. By the late ‘60s the rules for modern disc golf had been established, and the game started to catch on in a big way. As in traditional golf, a course usually consists of 18 holes. Unlike ball golf, most disc courses are located in public parks and are free to play, although a few courses charge a nominal fee. The sport requires inexpensive discs instead of costly clubs and balls. The disc golf “hole” is a metal basket mounted on a pole. It seems to be America’s new favorite park game, and courses can be found all over Humboldt County. It’s so easy to play that just about anyone of any age can enjoy it, including many specially-abled and disabled participants, yet at the same time it is very challenging to master. Humboldt County is home to a number of disc golf courses. Arcata features two of them, Mad River Pump Station #4 on Warren Creek Road, just off West End Road, and Redwood Curtain in the Community Forest. There is Area 74, an idyllic 27-hole redwoods course located in Fieldbrook just outside McKinleyville. The Manila Bay 9-hole course is located on the peninsula with vistas encompassing the bay from Arcata to Eureka. In Eureka you can find courses at the Cooper Gulch Sports Complex and College of the Redwoods. Willow Creek is home to the Ammon Ranch Course and the Steelhead Course at Creekside Park. In Southern Humboldt, enjoy playing the Birds of Paradise course. MORE INFO: DiscGolfScene.com/courses

& 8 Bicycling Running You can take in the natural beauty of Humboldt County and let “people power” carry you to the finish line with cycling and running races. Local running clubs host a number of marathons and community runs throughout the year, PacificOutfitters.com and local cyclists gather for mountain bike and road races. No matter what your sport of choice might be, these races will lead you on paths through gorgeous countryside, dramatic coastlines and majestic redwoods. A number of running and cycling events for different experience levels and athletic abilities take place throughout the year. And if you’re not in any rush to race, set your own pace down any of the excellent trails available to mountain bikers, walkers and runners. MORE INFO: find details about trails, equipment and more at Pacific Outfitters, 737 G St., Arcata, 707-822-0321 and 1600 5th St., Eureka, 707-443-6328, PacificOutfitters.com

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Six Rivers National Forest is enormous, offering a wide variety of activities for people of every age. It encompasses nearly one million acres and stretches southward from the Oregon border for more than 140 miles. Portions of the forest lie in four different counties, with a big chunk of it in Humboldt County. Visiting Six Rivers is awe-inspiring. You’ll have the opportunity to hike or ride horseback along trails through the rugged mountains, stands of redwoods and grasslands. You’ll be able to enjoy great fishing, whitewater rafting, and kayaking in the area’s many rivers and streams. Wildlife lovers may spot rare animals and plants, and the area is also famous as the home of the legendary Bigfoot. There are many places where you can enter the park. Highways 199, 96, 36 and 299 all run through Six Rivers National Forest, and Hwy 101 runs parallel to it. See pages 86-88. MORE INFO: 707-442-1721, www.fs.usda.gov/srnf

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Farmers’ Markets & Farm Stands

A coastal climate and long growing season help Humboldt County farmers produce a bountiful crop each year. At local farmers’ markets, you’ll find everything from fruits and vegetables to fresh flowers and artwork. The larger markets often have live music, artists and other vendors. At all of the local markets, you’ll find a selection of local and organic produce, honey and jams, live plants and cut flowers. If you prefer a more first-hand look into the workings of local farms, many of them welcome visitors and have stands on the grounds where you can peruse, sample and buy the freshest of the fresh or pick your own flowers. Stop by a seasonal farmers’ market or farm stand and fill a bag with nature’s bounty.

Weekly Schedule of Local Farmers’ Markets All numbers (707) Tuesdays Arcata Farmers’ Market

Jun to Oct, 3:30 to 6:30pm Wildberries Marketplace 747 13th St., 441-9999 HumFarm.org

Eureka Farmers’ Market Old Town Eureka Jun to Oct, 10am to 1pm F St. between 1st and 2nd 441-9999, HumFarm.org

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Fortuna Farmers’ Market May to Oct, 3 to 6pm 10th & Main St., 764-2161

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Miranda Farmers’ Market

May to Oct, 2 to 6pm, Avenue Café, 6743 Ave of the Giants, 986-7229

Shelter Cove Farmers’ Market

May to Oct, 11am to 3pm, Machi Rd., motel parking lot, 986-7229

Thursdays Eureka Farmers’ Market, Henderson Center

Jun to Oct, 10am to 1pm F St., between Henderson and Russ 441-9999, HumFarm.org

McKinleyville Farmers’ Market Jun to Oct, 3:30 to 6:30pm 1514 City Center Rd. near the totem pole 441-9999, HumFarm.org

Thunderbird Mountain Trading Company

The world-famous Thunderbird Mountain Trading Company is nestled in the heart of the redwood forest on scenic Hwy 101, just south of Richardson Grove Redwoods State Park. Captain Shon has worked with Native American Indians since the 1970s. His original store, Happy Hunting Ground, was built in 1972 in the old western town of Pinnacle Pass in Scotts Valley, California, in the Santa Cruz mountains.

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Humboldt County is a favorite of motorcycle aficionados from all over the country. Highway 101, the Avenue of the Giants and Hwy 36 are all picturesque, beautifully maintained roads for those looking for the ultimate fresh air and scenic road trip. The area also hosts a number of organized rides and gatherings, with live music, poker runs, vendors, and the camaraderie of fellow bikers. The Humboldt chapter of United Bikers of Northern California hosts the All Bikes By The Bay at Samoa Dragstrip family event in July. There is no need to own a bike to attend, this is just a good time for a good cause. Proceeds will benefit the Senior Rescue Center and Eureka Rescue Mission. MORE INFO: UBNCHumboldt.com, UBNCHumboldt@gmail.com The Redwood Run is held in Piercy in June. This nationally known weekend biker party features three days of camping, live music, biker games and partying. MORE INFO: Visit TheRedwoodRun on Facebook or log on to RedwoodRun.org The Riverwood Inn is a great place to stay for those attending the Redwood Run and is a favorite of motorcycle and car clubs. It is open year-round, with a winter fire to greet guests in the not-so-off season. WHERE: 2828 Avenue of the Giants in Phillipsville MORE INFO: 707-943-1766 or the bar at 707-943-3333, RiverwoodInn.info

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Fridays May to Nov, 11am to 3pm Church St. in Town Square, 786-9460

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Arcata Plaza Farmers’ Market

Apr to Nov, 9am to 2pm, Dec to May, 10am to 2pm, by Cafe Brio 441-9999, HumFarm.org

Local Farm Stands Deep Seeded Farm

2507 Wyatt Ln, Arcata, 825-8033, ArcataCSA.com

Organic Matters Ranch

Jun to Nov, Mon, Wed, Fri, 12 to 6pm, 6821 Myrtle Ave., Eureka, 407-3276 (FARM) OrganicMattersRanch.com

Clendenen’s Cider Works

Mid-Aug to Jan, Mon to Sat, 9am to 5:30pm, Sun, 10am to 5pm 96 South 12th St., Fortuna, 725-2123, ClendenensCiderWorks.com

Redwood Roots Farm

Jun to Oct, Tue, Thu, noon to 6pm, Wood Duck Lane, Bayside, 826-0261 RedwoodRootsFarm.com

Kneeland Glen Farm Stand

Noon to 6pm daily, 5851 Myrtle Ave., Eureka, 496-0459 KneelandGlenFarmStand.com

Orchids for the People

Thu to Sun, 10 to 5pm or by apt., 1975 Blake Rd., McKinleyville, 840-0223 OrchidPeople.com

Trinity River Farms

Apr to Oct, 2443 Hwy 96, Willow Creek, 530-629-3200, TrinityRiverFarm.com

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Thunderbird Mountain Trading has the largest collection of American Indian jewelry in Northern California. In addition, it has a large selection of handmade Navajo kachina dolls or dancers, sand paintings, dream catchers, carved Navajo fetishes and peace pipes, and handmade textiles from Peru such as Alpaca rugs, hats, ponchos, teddy bears, scarves and shoulder bags. They carry handcrafted moccasins and boots made by the Huron-Wendat Indians of Eastern Canada, and a large variety of furs, fur rugs, blankets and pillow cases from around the world. If that’s not enough, don’t pass up their homemade jams, jellies, marmalades, fruit butters and smoked Salmon. Yes, smoked salmon. Captain Shon has been in the smoked salmon business since the early 1980s. His former location, the Klamath Trading Post, was where he mastered the cold smoking method, where the salmon is cured by the smoke, not cooked by heat. He uses both wild Alaskan king and Chinook salmon as well as wild Alaskan sockeye salmon, ocean-caught off the Kenai River in Alaska — the coldest, cleanest waters in the world. WHERE: 705 Hwy 101 #3, Garberville, south of Richardson’s Grove MORE INFO: 888-537-5999 or 707-247-3100, ThunderbirdMountainTrading.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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13 Richardson Grove State Park

Heading north on Hwy 101 from Mendocino into Humboldt County, your first encounter with old-growth redwoods will be at Richardson Grove State Park. Established in 1922 and named after California’s 25th governor, Friend W. Richardson, this beautiful park is not only a popular family camping spot, but also a wonderful place to learn about the coastal redwood forests. There is a walk-through tree, as well as the ninth tallest redwood known and a fallen tree ring study that was conducted in 1933. The park, which is bisected by the Eel River, also contains 9 miles of hiking trails that will take you past towering trees, thriving wildlife, and along the South Fork of the Eel River. Along the banks of the river are excellent sites for fishing for salmon and steelhead in the winter, or swimming in the summer. There is a delightful picnic grove with ample parking. If you’d like to spend more than one day in the park, you’ll find 159 campsites where you can pitch a tent or park your motor home. Several cabins are available for rent. The Visitor Center and Nature Store are located in the historic 1930s-era Richardson Grove Lodge. See exhibits and get more information on summer nature programs such as evening campfires, Redwood Family Camp Junior Rangers and guided nature walks. WHERE: On Hwy 101, 7 miles south of Garberville. There is a day use fee per car, and reservations are recommended for camping during the Full RV Pull-throughs • Tent Sites • Cabins summer season. Camp Store • Propane • Ice MORE INFO: 707-247-3318, Laundry • Wi-Fi Accessible search www.parks.ca.gov

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14 Campbell Bros. World Famous Confusion Hill

One of the very best roadside attractions in northern Mendocino County, just south of Garberville, is Campbell Bros. World Famous Confusion Hill. Listed as a California Point of Historical Interest, and featured on Ripley’s Believe It or Not, this is definitely a one-of-a-kind attraction. It has been the home of mystery and fun since 1949. When you step into the Gravity House, your body will seem to defy the laws of nature. You will experience contradictory optical and physical sensations that will make you ask yourself, IS SEEING BELIEVING? There are no right or wrong answers at Confusion Hill.

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Be sure to check out the Redwood Shoe House. There is also the miniature, unique Mountain Train Ride that will take you on a 30-minute ride up the hill and back down. Along the way you will learn about the Redwood Forest and see historical logging equipment on the side of the track. Confusion Hill is also the home of the World’s Tallest Free Standing Redwood Chainsaw Carving. While at Confusion Hill, take a few minutes to pay your respects at the Twin Towers Memorial Trees. There is also a gift shop, snack bar and playground for the kids. Please note that the Train Ride and Snack Bar are seasonal and are open Memorial Day to Labor Day only. WHERE: along Hwy 101, 15 miles south of Garberville (exit left) and 7 miles north of Leggett (exit right) MORE INFO: 707-925-6456, ConfusionHill.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Benbow Valley Golf Course

With meticulously tended greens and glorious Humboldt County views, the Benbow Valley Golf Course near Garberville is not only the lone public golf course in southern Humboldt County, but also one of Northern California’s most challenging. This nine-hole, par-35 course features two sets of tees, allowing golfers to play 18 holes. Described by many as “unforgiving,” players are often surprised to discover just how challenging it is. There is an additional set of tees for the junior or beginning golfer, making this a perfect family activity.

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In addition to its golf course and well-stocked pro shop, the Benbow Valley Golf Course offers a putting green and practice sand trap. The manicured putting green, flanked with sand bunkers, allows players to practice their putting and improve their chipping skills. It’s fun for serious golfers and beginners alike. WHERE: Benbow KOA, 7000 Benbow Dr. Take exit 636 from Hwy 101 onto Benbow Drive (traveling south turn left, north turn right) and follow the signs. MORE INFO: 707-923-2777, 800-562-7518, BenbowRV.com

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Let nature be your playground at the Southern Humboldt Community Park. You can explore 431 acres of grasslands, farmland, upland forests, and native redwoods, with attractions for visitors of all ages and interests. Walkers, bikers and horseback riders will enjoy 3.5 miles of trails that wind around meadows and through forests. All park trails are multi-use and can be used by hikers, dog walkers, joggers, bike riders and horses. Visitors can pick up a self-guided plant walk brochure, bring along binoculars for bird-watching, or take a stroll through the meditation labyrinth to get away from it all. Beach access to the Eel River is perfect for swimmers and kayakers, while picnic tables, a riverside playground, a 23-hole disc golf course and skateboard ramp promise to keep the whole family entertained. The park is also a model of sustainable food production (the Garberville Community Farm and several other groups farm there), forest management, watershed restoration and education, and is host to a number of events throughout the year. These include educational and interpretive programs, weddings, receptions, retreats and club meetings. Southern Humboldt Community Park is located on Sprowl Creek Rd., one mile from the Hwy 101 Garberville exit. The park is open from sunup to sundown year-round. WHERE: 934 Sprowl Creek Rd., Garberville MORE INFO: 707-923-2928, SoHumPark.org

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In 1999 a large helicopter lifted the lantern off the historic, but badly deteriorated, Cape Mendocino Lighthouse and flew it 35 miles to the village of Shelter Cove. The rest of the lighthouse, disassembled at the site, soon followed by truck. Within a year the Cape Mendocino Lighthouse Preservation Society had restored, painted and fitted new glass into this now 146-year-old sailor’s beacon. Today it sits at Mal Coombs Park at the tip of Point Delgada. The Cape Mendocino Lighthouse has a rich history as a signal of warning in some of the Pacific Coast’s most treacherous waters. Cape Mendocino is California’s westernmost point. The first ship carrying supplies to build the lighthouse struck a rock on its journey and ran aground in 1867. When a steamer finally landed safely at the cape’s headland, the parts of the lighthouse were hauled up steep cliffs to a base 422 ft. above the ocean. When the 43-ft. tall tower was completed in 1868, it became one of the highest lighthouses in the nation. The last piece, the delicate Fresnel lens, was steamed to Eureka then transported by horse and wagon to the point. The lighthouse began flashing its white signal once every 30 seconds on Dec. 1, 1868. The lighthouse was so remote it had to be serviced by sea in the early years. One lighthouse inspector drowned in 1881 trying to reach it. During more than 80 years of service, violent storms and frequent earthquakes took their toll on the lighthouse. The Coast Guard decommissioned it in 1951, and by the late 1990s it was ready to crumble into the sea. Today, the restored lighthouse is open for tours, when docents are available, from 11am to 3pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day. MORE INFO: search LighthouseFriends.com

Shelter Cove is one of California’s premier ocean fishing destinations. Fishermen come for the salmon, which are found close to the shore here May through August. Anglers also catch an abundance of ling cod, rock cod, halibut, albacore and surf perch. They can launch a boat from the cove, which Point Delgada protects from the northwesterly winds. Visitors can buy fishing licenses at Shelter Cove stores or charter a boat from a sport fishing business for a guided angling adventure. On calm days, abalone diving is also an option. A great way to make sure that you have the perfect fishing experience is to let one of Humboldt County’s expert fishing guide services outfit and plan your excursion. These professional captains and guides will lead you to the best spots during the right season and help you catch the monsters you’re after. MORE INFO: Mario’s Marina, 707-986-7595, MariosMarinaLLC@aol.com

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Punta Gorda Lighthouse

If there had been an Alcatraz of lighthouses in the early 1900s, the Punta Gorda light station would have been it. It was as isolated and lonely as a frontier settlement. The lighthouse keeper spent the winter months there virtually in solitary confinement, when flooded streams and harsh, windy conditions kept the site cut off from civilization. Even during the pleasant summer months, he had to travel 11 miles on horseback to shop for fresh supplies in the small town of Petrolia. Originally sanctioned as a fog station in 1888, it was not until 1912 that the Punta Gorda (Spanish for “fat point”) Lighthouse was approved by Congress, and then only after 10 ships and countless seamen had met their fate near the point. The flashing light in the small 27-foot-tall tower was in service until 1951, when the Coast Guard decided the remote site was too expensive to maintain, and replaced it with a flashing buoy. Now controlled by the Bureau of Land Management, the only structures remaining are the concrete lighthouse and the oil house, both of which were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The lighthouse site is a 3-mile, strenuous hike along the Lost Coast Trail, which begins at the Mattole Beach campground. The trail offers beautiful black-sand beaches, dunes and tide pools. A large portion of the hike is through fine, loose sand, and hiking beneath the cliffs can be dangerous at high tide. Tide information is usually posted at the trailhead. To reach the site from Hwy 101, take the Honeydew/Dyerville exit in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Travel west to Mattole Road in Honeydew to Lighthouse Road, almost an hour and a half trip. Travel 5 miles to Mattole Campground. MORE INFO: BLM, 707-986-5400, search LighthouseFriends.com 26 Humboldt County • 101Things.com

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King Range and Lost Coast Trail

The King Range National Conservation Area is unlike any other place in the continental United States. Here, in this 35-mile long, 68,000-acre stretch of coastal wilderness, the mountains rise directly out of the sea. King Peak tops out at 4,088 ft., and is only 3 miles from the ocean. The Conservation Area extends between the Mattole River in Humboldt County to the northern border of the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park in Mendocino County.

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Because of its remoteness and relative inaccessibility—only a few back roads lead into the range—this Douglas-fir-clad wilderness attracts hikers, backpackers, campers, equestrians, mushroom collectors, surfers, anglers, beachcombers and abalone divers. Seals, sea lions and a multitude of sea birds inhabit the rocky shoreline; tide pools and kelp beds are their homes. California gray whales pass close to shore during the spring northern migration. Streams that pour down from the mountains are spawning waters for salmon and trout. A small herd of Roosevelt elk roams the area, and some 300 species of migratory birds have been found in the King Range, including the northern spotted owl, bald eagle and Cooper’s hawk. Black bear and mountain lions also prowl these mountains and the shoreline. Campers are required to carry and use approved hard-sided bear canisters to store all food and scented items, or face being fined. The BLM maintains miles of trails in the King Range National Conservation Area, most of which intersect the legendary Lost Coast Trail. The trail runs 25 miles along the shore at the base of the mountains from the mouth of the Mattole to Shelter Cove. There is a wide selection of automobile and backcountry campgrounds in and around the Conservation Area. Accessing the King Range can be an adventure in itself. Hikers can take the Lost Coast Trail north out of the village of Shelter Cove. Unpaved back roads, most suitable for 4-wheel drive vehicles with high ground clearance, intersect Shelter Cove Road on the south, and Wilder Ridge Road on the east. On the north end of the range, access is near the mouth of the Mattole River on Lighthouse Road, off Mattole Road. Most of the Coastal Trail is well-marked, but it is recommended that any hikers who are not familiar with the trail bring a map of the area and a tide table along. WHERE: To get to Shelter Cove, take the Hwy 101 exit to Redway/Garberville and follow the signs to Redway. In Redway, turn west on Briceland Road and go 14 miles to Shelter Cove Road. Turn right on Shelter Cove Road and follow the signs to Black Sand Beach. MORE INFO: Maps and bear canisters are available at BLM’s King Range project office in Whitethorn, 707-986-5400, or in Arcata, 707-825-2300 MORE INFO: search for King Range at BLM.gov Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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boldt Redwoods State Park is close by. The town of Redcrest, situated on higher ground, was protected from the flood that wiped out the lower-lying towns. An abundance of redwood attractions make it a popular destination. The northernmost community on the Avenue is Pepperwood, close to the Avenue of the Giants Information Center and easily accessible hiking trails. Numerous sights beckon to the streams of visitors who travel the Avenue of the Giants. Rockefeller Grove is widely regarded as perhaps the most impressive stand of redwoods found anywhere in the world. To get there, drive a mile and a half west on Mattole Rd. from Avenue of the Giants mile marker 20.6, just south of Redcrest, to the Rockefeller Loop Trail, or another three miles farther west on Mattole Rd. to the Big Trees Parking Area. Other stunning yet easy hikes easily accessed from the Avenue of the Giants include Founder’s Grove Nature Loop Trail, Gould Grove Nature Trail, DruryChaney Loop Trail and Stephen’s Grove Loop Trail. There are also nearby picnic areas, campgrounds and swimming holes to enjoy.

Learn about the tallest trees on Earth ... Discover the Humboldt Redwoods Visitor Center

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he rustic town of Miranda, which in Latin means “worthy to be admired,” was once a principal stop on the long and arduous automobile trek from San Francisco to Eureka. It lies to the east of Hwy 101, and is one of a few almost forgotten towns worth exploring at your leisure along the Avenue of the Giants. Surrounded by scenic redwoods, Miranda is indeed admirable. This town of about 350 people, near the southern entrance to the Avenue of the Giants and less than 10 miles from Humboldt Redwoods State Park, is home to a growing community of artists. The town also offers lodging, dining and shopping amenities not available inside the park. The Miranda Market is one of the few places to buy groceries and the only place to buy gasoline on this end of the Avenue of the Giants. Close to the market lies the Enchanted Tree Stump, a free, walk-through attraction. Situated at the end of a short footpath, visitors can venture inside the stump and look up to see the sky above. Across the street is the Avenue Café featuring hand-tossed pizzas and a surprisingly eclectic menu of homemade and healthy dishes that all members of the family will enjoy. For those in search of fine woodworking, beautifully blown glass or masterfully crafted metal works, Miranda is a worthwhile detour. Korbly Woodworks features a fantastic selection of carvings, turnings, boxes, chests, furniture, tables, clocks and gifts made from redwood and other native woods, all crafted by Bernie Korbly.

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Although it may have died out elsewhere, the all-American roadhouse still survives in northern California. Roadhouses are small, old inns, usually with a dance hall, a tavern with extremely cold beer and some form of fresh, pub-style food, and usually found on an old highway or rural route, far beyond any city limits or bright lights.

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When the Eel River flooded out most of the little towns along the Avenue of the Giants in 1964, the water only rose to the back door of the Riverwood Inn in Phillipsville, sparing it to become a cult classic. The original structure, built in the 1930s, has rocked as a roadhouse ever since. The Riverwood Inn is the last remaining roadhouse among scores that populated old Hwy 101. It is certainly the most famous. The Inn’s entertainment is legendary: John Lee Hooker, Norton Buffalo and Guitar Shorty have all played here to the delight of enthusiastic revelers. The Riverwood Inn is open year-round, with a winter fire to greet travelers in the notso-off season. It offers snug rooms, a full bar complete with vintage red velvet wallpaper, fresh authentic Mexican food and some of the best live music north of San Francisco. WHERE: 2828 Avenue of the Giants, Phillipsville MORE INFO: 707-943-1766 or the bar at 707-943-3333, RiverwoodInn.info

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Sandwiches, Calzones, Pasta, Dinner Specials Hearty Breakfasts, Omelets, Eggs Benedict Local Micro Brews On Tap Friendly Atmosphere Relax and enjoy great food as you travel through giant redwoods. Eat inside, sit at the bar, or dine alfresco on our patio.

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The peaceful village of Myers Flat is nestled in the heart of the redwood forest, a centerpiece of the Avenue of the Giants. Myers Country Inn, a delightful B&B, anchors the village which formed around it over 130 years ago when it was a stagecoach stop on the way to the Northern California gold fields. Jack London, the famous San Francisco author, was said to have stayed there often as he traveled up and down the old Pacific Highway on his many adventures. The inn still basks in period furnishings and revels in its history with old news clippings and photos hanging throughout the building. The ambience is as warm and friendly as the fireplace in the lobby, and the breakfasts are home cooked and country-hearty. Myers Country Inn is surrounded by great amenities for the Redwood visitor. A winery and tasting room (Riverbend Cellars) are just across the Avenue. Directly across from the inn is a coffee shop and a market for your traveling convenience. Within walking distance of the inn are antique and collectibles shops, a coin-operated laundry and Myers Flat’s own Drive-Thru Tree. Stay for an extended visit in perhaps the world’s most sublime forest, plan an eight-day eco-tour and experience life as it was when the stage line ran through this charming riverside village. WHERE: 12913 Avenue of the Giants, Myers Flat MORE INFO: 800-500-6464 or 707-943-3259, MyersInn.com

Once upon a time promoters of California’s tourism industry devised a clever way to entice visitors to see the captivating beauty of the redwood forests — cut a tunnel through a redwood and charge people a fee to drive their cars through to the other side. It was a great photo opportunity that quickly caught on. In time there were drive-thru trees, drive-on trees, walk-through trees and even step-thru stumps. Today, three trees with open trunks remain. All are privately owned, charge a nominal entrance fee and are open daily year-round. The Original Drive-Thru Tree in Myers Flat has been family-owned since 1958. Known worldwide as the Shrine of the Redwoods, the natural opening in the tree was created by fire centuries ago. It is large enough for full sized autos and pickups to drive through. This Old Giant is 21 ft. across and 64 ft. around. The Shrine Tree along with the Drive-On Log, Tree House Village, Cathedral Trees, Rings of History and The Balance Tree are all part of the Shrine Drive Thru Tree Auto Park. Visit the gift shop for locally made items. WHERE: off Hwy 101, Exit #656 on the Avenue of the Giants, Myers Flat MORE INFO: 707-943-1975 Shrine Drive Thru Tree, photo by J.R.

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Redwood Visitor Center’s Travel Log

Inside the Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Visitor Center resides a curious behemoth of a vehicle. It just may be the original RV. In 1917, Charles Kellogg, an American naturalist and lecturer, hoisted a 6-ton hollowed-out giant redwood log onto the chassis of a Nash Quad, a large truck the Nash Company built for the military in World War I and one of the very first 4x4 vehicles. Kellogg used an ax and an adz to hollow out the log and fashion it into a cabin on wheels. Inside the log he built a complete home with a kitchenette, lockers, beds, dining table, dresser, electric lights, running water and a guest room. This was almost 100 years ago! The log is completely solid: the walls, ceiling, and floors are all one piece. Kellogg first toured the United States in his Travel Log to sell Liberty Bonds for the war effort during World War II. After the war, Kellogg, also known for his surreal ability to imitate bird calls, traveled the states to promote preserving California’s giant trees. He crossed the country four times in his lumbering motor home. Today, the Travel Log is in beautifully restored condition. Guests at the Visitor Center may get close to the log, but are not allowed inside it. The exhibit also features information about Kellogg’s life and teachings. This ancient truck is a historical artifact, and consequently is roped off to keep it preserved. However, if you want to have a similar experience, you can visit the Immortal Tree in Redcrest on the Avenue of the Giants, and climb aboard their lovingly restored log truck. WHERE: Avenue of the Giants between Weott and Myers Flat. MORE INFO: 707-946-2263, HumboldtRedwoods.org/visitor-center Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Humboldt Redwoods State Park

The natural crown jewel of the county is Humboldt Redwoods State Park. This is the definitive spot to see the magnificence of California’s famous coastal redwoods. In the early part of the last century there was a nationwide effort to save what remained of the old-growth redwoods on California’s North Coast. Philanthropists and civic clubs began buying groves of trees for the purpose of preserving them. Humboldt Redwoods State Park was founded in 1921 with one of those purchases, the Bolling Memorial Grove, in honor of a fallen World War I soldier. Today, Humboldt Redwoods is California’s third largest state park, occupying 53,000 acres, including 17,000 acres of pristine old-growth redwoods. Humboldt Redwoods’ star attraction is the Avenue of the Giants. The park is rarely crowded, and offers more than 250 campsites in three large drive-in campgrounds. There are environmental, group, backcountry and horse camps. Hikers can enjoy more than 100 miles of trails, some of which are also open to equestrians and mountain bikers. The South Fork of the Eel River provides fishing, boating and great swimming holes. The park also features a number of day use areas. The Humboldt Redwoods Visitor Center, on the Avenue of the Giants between Myers Flat and Redcrest, is the heart of the park. It is large and comprehensive, staffed by knowledgeable volunteers. MORE INFO: Park Office 707-946-2409, Visitor Center 707-946-2263, search www.parks.ca.gov, HumboldtRedwoods.org

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Eel River Swimming Holes

One of the most striking features of Humboldt County is the magnificent Eel River. The North and Middle Forks of the Eel have been designated as part of the National Wild and Scenic River system, and its watershed is the third largest in California. The river flows through five counties with winding lazy curves to churning whitewater. It runs parallel to the coast and Hwy 101. A large part of its run is through the Avenue of the Giants, making Hwy 101 and the Avenue two of the most scenic roads in Southern Humboldt. The South Fork of the river skirts the eastern edge of Humboldt Redwoods State Park. During the summer months, the river’s tributaries are slow-moving streams that provide a number of natural pools and safe swimming holes. There are many river access sites within the park. Dyerville Flats, located where the South Fork joins the main branch of

the Eel River, features restrooms, picnic tables, an overlook and ample parking. Dyerville is located four miles north of the Visitor Center and very close to the turnout for Founders Grove, Rockefeller Grove and the intersection of Mattole Rd. The easiest river access to find from the Visitor Center is Gould Bar. A sign marks where the gravel road intersects Avenue of the Giants on the west, just tenths of a mile north of the center. A short drive takes you to two large swimming holes. You can also hike there from the Visitor Center’s parking lot or Burlington campground. High Rock is another access point that is easy to get to. Watch for the High Rock bar sign as you drive north on Avenue the Giants about six miles from the Visitor Center. A short drive down a gravel road takes you to a parking area. From there, it’s a short walk to the expansive bar that offers several ideal and placid sites. MORE INFO: Humboldt Redwoods Visitor Center, 707-946-2263, HumboldtRedwoods.org

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Redwood Hiking Trails

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Humboldt Redwoods State Park has hundreds of miles of trails — there are so many it’s hard to decide where to hike. View our map on pages 28 and 29 to see the location of different trailheads along the Avenue of the Giants. Listed here are the five best hikes chosen by the volunteers of the Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association who staff the Visitor Center. There is also a map available at the Visitor Center for a small fee, clearly marking the location of the trails in the park. 1. Founder’s Grove Nature Loop Trail. An easy hike, just over two-thirds of a mile in total. The trailhead is easy to find off the Avenue of the Giants about four miles north of the Visitor Center. 2. Rockefeller Loop Trail in Rockefeller Forest. The trailhead is off Mattole Rd., about a mile west of where Mattole Rd. joins the Avenue of the Giants, four miles north of the Visitor Center. In this short hike which is just two-thirds of a mile long, hikers will find 17 of the world’s 100 tallest trees. 3. Bull Creek Trail South. This is a seven-mile round-trip hike through the Bull Creek State Wilderness. At 10,000 acres, it is the largest section of old-growth redwood forest left. This trail is accessed off the Rockefeller Loop Trail. 4. Johnson Camp Trail. This 10-mile round-trip trail has some steep sections as it climbs to a backcountry camp. Hikers will find deserted cabins the loggers once slept in, along with other artifacts from the heyday of logging. This is also an equestrian trail, so hikers may encounter horseback travelers along the way. The trailhead is about six miles west on Mattole Rd., across from the Albee Creek Campground. 5. Grasshopper Multiuse Trail. This is a 14-mile round-trip that takes hikers to the fire lookout atop Grasshopper Peak, which tops out at 3,379 feet. It is an 8-hour round trip for average hikers who will enjoy stunning views of the entire park from the lookout. There is a backcountry campground just below the peak. This trail is also open to horses and bicycles. Access the trail from the Johnson Camp trailhead.

Cuneo Creek Horse Camp is a complete campground designed specifically for equestrians and their horses. The camp features five family campsites, accommodating up to eight campers each, with two corrals on each site. Two group campsites accommodate up to 90 campers and their horses, with a total of 28 corrals. The different sites also accommodate large trailers and RVs. The camp includes numerous amenities for people and equines including showers, fire rings, picnic tables, water troughs, corrals, manure bins and hitching posts. The camp also includes day use areas with tie Big Trees Day Use Area, off Mattole Road in the Rockefeller Forest, photo by Denise Comiskey

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rails. Perhaps the best the camp has to offer is access to more than 50 miles of trails through the redwoods. Many of the trails are multiuse, open to hikers and mountain bikers, so caution is urged. The park is also home to black bears and mountain lions. The camp is located near Albee Campground, about three miles away, which features evening campfire programs, guided nature walks and Junior Ranger programs for children. WHERE: Cuneo Creek Horse Camp is on Cuneo Road just off Mattole Road, about 8 miles east of its junction with the Avenue of the Giants. MORE INFO: Make reservations through ReserveAmerica.com or 1-800-444-7275.

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The Immortal Tree

Along the Avenue of the Giants off Hwy 101 stands one of the most durable trees in history. Called the Immortal Tree, it is over 950 years old and has experienced more trials and tribulations than any single tree should ever have to. It has been a victim of lightning strikes, fires, floods and the logger’s ax, yet it still stands and continues to grow heartily. Look up and you’ll see a wooden fish attached to the trunk where the color of the bark changes. This indicates the high water mark when the area flooded in 1964. There’s also part of an ax left stuck in the tree where loggers tried to cut it down, but eventually gave up when the tree would not give way. Several times the Immortal Tree has been hit by lightning. The evidence of these strikes is on its scarred trunk. During its lifetime, through many forest fires, somehow this magical tree never burned down. This landmark makes for a wonderful photo opportunity and is a perfect spot for a picnic.

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The Eternal Tree House

The Eternal Tree House is a fascinating stop on the Avenue of the Giants, a one-time natural colossus that stood for more than 2,500 years before being reduced to a surviving stump. The still-living stump contains a huge cavern caused by fire centuries ago. It had been used first by Indians and later trappers, hunters, travelers and their livestock for shelter. In the early 1900s Harry McLeod an expert wood splitter, hewed out the interior with an ax and adz. The 20-foot room was refined in 1950, and a gift shop was established inside the stump. The walls still bear the marks of the work and are mementos of an all but lost art. The tree itself is said to have parented many surrounding trees from its burl. A burl is a hard conglomerate of many dormant buds; an original single bud grew, but failed to develop into a branch. The irregular growth then divided and redivided until a lump (burl) formed. Sometimes the overgrowth is actually a form of scar tissue, resulting from a past injury to the tree. The Eternal Tree House offers free admission, a café and a gift shop with a large selection of locally crafted redwood products. There is parking for RVs and buses. WHERE: 26510 Avenue of the Giants in Redcrest MORE INFO: 707-722-4262

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From Memorial Day through Labor Day the site is also home to the “Hollow Log Truck.” Visitors can climb inside and photograph a hollowed-out section from a 1000-year-old redwood tree mounted on the bed of a 1945 White open-cab fire engine. You’ll find it parked by the spacious Burl n’ Drift Redwood Souvenir gift shop. Family owned and operated since 1967, it offers high quality, locally produced redwood items. They also added a new 49-space, state-of-the-art RV Park in 2007. WHERE: 1 mile north of Redcrest on the Avenue of the Giants MORE INFO: 707-722-4396, AncientRedwoods.net

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California Federation of Women’s Clubs Hearthstone

Early in the 20th century, women’s civic groups around California organized a statewide campaign to protect the redwoods in Humboldt County. In response, the California Federation of Women’s Clubs purchased a grove of giant redwoods next to the South Fork of the Eel River. In 1931, renowned San Francisco architect Julia Morgan, designer of the Hearst Castle, fashioned a monument to celebrate saving the grove from the logger’s saw. Morgan’s monument stands today in the Federation’s grove, a peculiar four-sided hearth that features fireplaces facing each direction.

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Officially called the California Federation of Women’s Clubs Hearthstone, it was built of native stone and redwood timber. Morgan’s biographer wrote that the hearthstone is a symbol for “the untouched nature of the forest and the Federation’s scrupulous protection of this heritage.” The California Federation of Women’s Clubs Grove is easy to reach by car, and is a popular picnic place that includes two solid redwood picnic tables big enough to accommodate a family reunion. There is also a popular swimming hole by the grove. WHERE: Take Avenue of the Giants about 3 miles north from the Visitor Center. A sign marks a narrow road that runs to the west several hundred yards into the forest, to a parking lot. The hearthstone sits under several tall trees, a few feet back from a bank that overlooks the Eel River. Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Originally a 1945 White Fire Engine, this truck was modified in 2007 into the “Hollow Log Truck.” The log is approximately 1000 years old. The “Hollow Log Truck” can be seen Memorial Day through Labor Day at the “Burl n’ Drift” novelty and gift shop.

The Immortal Tree is a 950 to 1000 year old redwood. This tree has survived fire, flood and the logger’s axe. In 1908, Holmes Eureka Timber Company harvested about 5000 acres of ancient redwoods. During this harvest an undercut was chopped into this tree with the intention of falling it. It is unclear why the loggers did not finish the back cut. The wound eventually healed but is still visible on the Immortal Tree. After falling the nearby acreage, the loggers lit a fire to remove brush and slash before bucking the timber to length. The forest fire scar and charring is still visible but did not kill this tree. Sometime before 1952, lightning removed the top of the Immortal Tree. In December 1964 a huge flood inundated Holmes Flat and Humboldt County. The high water mark is approximately 17 feet above the base of the tree and is still visible. The next generation, believed to be the fifth, is growing in front of the Immortal Tree.

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In 1967 Janice and Edward Lewis opened the “Burl n’ Drift” novelty and gift shop, specializing in locally manufactured redwood souvenirs and gifts. Over the years the family-operated shop has increased their own production of redwood products ensuring a larger choice and higher quality of redwood gifts. We consider it a pleasure to provide area information and service to the touring public. We also provide clean, ADA restrooms and complimentary picnic area. No trees are harvested to provide our resource material. Shipping is available.

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— What was once a 1920s era village bank, complete with redwood logs for columns, is now the Scotia Museum, located across the street from the Winema Theater. Admission is free to see the collection of historic artifacts, vintage photos, threedimensional displays, and interactive technology that allows visitors to see how 5 Winema Theater forestry practices and the town itself have 6 • Scotia True Value Hardware Baseball Field changed since the 1800s. The Museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day from • Town of Scotia Offices Soccer Field 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday. The 7 Renner Station Fisheries Aquarium Exhibit outdoor exhibits, which include a logging railroad engine, a steam donkey and other 8 Bigfoot’s New & Recycled Treasures Scotia Museum logging memorabilia, can be viewed yearround.

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— At the Fisheries Center at the south end of Main St., visitors can stroll through the life cycles of salmon, trout, pike, stickleback and sculpin living in an environment very much like their natural habitat. Admission is free, and the Center is open 8am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday year-round and Saturdays during summer. 707-764-4492 (Humboldt Redwood Co.) to arrange group tours.

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Welcome to the Town of Scotia, where each village offers distinct memories of a time gone by. Perfect for young or growing families, mature adults or retirees looking to enjoy the tranquility and rich history of one of the nation’s oldest “company towns.” With its own historic movie theater/playhouse, museum, shopping, inn, school, ball fields and so much more, you’ll never want to leave.

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Ferndale, taken from the Historic Ferndale Cemetery, photo by Molly Blakemore

Over 25 Years of Art Art has long been an important piece of the Ferndale community, and no place to view and purchase art has been around longer than Ferndale Arts Gallery. The gallery is unique not only for its longevity, but also for the variety and quality of the work on display. From paintings, photographs, pottery and jewelry to fine woodwork, fabric art, kinetic wire sculpture, stained glass, origami and poetry. Many of the pieces are utilitarian — scarves, cutting boards, coffee mugs and vests — as well as objects of beauty, and because the gallery is a cooperative, prices are reasonable and affordable. Open daily, 10am to 5pm. WHERE: 580 Main St., Ferndale MORE INFO: 707-786-9634, FerndaleArtGallery.com

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Established in 1979 by Joe Koches, the Blacksmith Shop’s goal is to offer the general public the finest collection of master blacksmithing in the United States. The Blacksmith Shop is located at 455 Main St. in Ferndale, and the 1888 building is listed as a contributing structure of the Historic District. The Blacksmith Shop’s Gallery is located at 491 Main St. The unique selections from over 150 artist blacksmiths remind the public of the importance of traditional handcrafted functional art. MORE INFO: 707-786-4216, FerndaleBlacksmith.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Ferndale was settled in 1852, and by the 1880s had become a bustling agricultural, dairy and transportation center. Immigrants from Scandinavia, Italy and Portugal gravitated to this thriving community. Today, the entire one-square-mile village The y ac is a California Historical Landmark, with Old est Pharm its Main Street listed on the National Regin C alifornia ister of Historic Places. It is considered the best-preserved Victorian village in California. This idyllic town of 1,400 people has in many ways remained unchanged since the 1890s. By taking a tour down Main Street you will encounter the photogenic beauty of delightful shops and ornate buildings. Stroll past charming churches dating back to the 1800s, and carefully restored Victorian homes with stunning gardens. Collectibles While on Main Street, enjoy the fine restaurants, art galleries, antique stores and Cookie Jars specialty shops. You may also recognize Salt & Pepper parts of the town from the motion picShakers tures The Majestic and Outbreak. MORE INFO: 707-786-4477, 362 Main Street in Ferndale VictorianFerndale.org

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A stroll through Ferndale’s Cemetery is a trip through the history of the town. Some of the headstones date back to the 1800s, and many of the town’s first pioneers and most venerable citizens were laid to rest here. The graves are carefully tended, and you’ll often find fresh flowers on even the oldest of gravestones. Take a walk among the tombstones and mausoleums, and experience the lofty vantage point; the cemetery sits on a hill overlooking the town, which affords visitors panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the town of Ferndale, and the Eel River Valley. A beautiful, atmospheric setting for contemplation, it was also the location where important scenes were shot for Salem’s Lot and The Majestic. WHERE: 300 Bluff St., just a block away from downtown Ferndale.

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Just outside Ferndale, discover a pristine beach on the Pacific Ocean that stretches for nine miles with dairy farms to the north and steep cliffs to the south. At Centerville County Park and Beach you can enjoy an exciting afternoon filled with hiking, picnicking, beachcombing and wildlife viewing. Sandpipers dance on the water’s edge and cormorants, pelicans and gulls soar over the water in search of a meal. Between the middle of November and the beginning of March, Eel River Bottoms, visible from the beach, has one of the largest coastal congregations of tundra swans. You can spot harbor seals sunbathing on the breakers a short way from the shore. Gray whales can be seen from the beach, migrating south during the winter months and heading north from January through May. You may even see mother whales and their babies coming close to shore in April and May. One of the best lookouts is just south of the beach on Centerville Rd. ATVs, 4-wheel drive vehicles and even horses are welcome to travel the sand. You can even acquire a special permit and go fishing for night smelt. There is no camping on the beach, but it can be enjoyed from 5am until midnight. WHERE: 5 miles west of Ferndale on Centerville Road. MORE INFO: 707-445-7651

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armers, merchants and lumbermen from northern Humboldt County established the town of Fortuna around 1875. The town was named Fortuna because the town’s citizens felt fortunate to live there. It was not just loggers and lumber barons who first settled in the area; many Eel River Valley settlers were originally drawn to California by the prospects of gold. They soon returned to the farming life they had known in the East, settling the rich lands of the valley to raise livestock, grains and Reservations requested a variety of fruits, especially apples. The for parties of 5 or more valley’s lush ground yielded large crops of fruits and vegetables and the dairy indusMexican Restaurant & Cantina Since 1977 try became the area’s premier farming occupation. The warm weather and friendly atmosphere make Fortuna a particularly good setting for a number of annual events: the Daffodil Show in March, Art and Wine in the Park in June, Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo in July, and Hops in Humboldt in September. The Fortuna Rodeo in July is the oldest rodeo in California. See pages 12 to 13 for events and festivals in all of Humboldt County. MORE INFO: Fortuna Chamber of 435 N. Fortuna Blvd. 707-725-2431 Commerce, 800-426-8166, 707-725-3959, Open Monday-Saturday 11am - 9pm, Closed Sundays FortunaChamber.org

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ortuna’s Riverwalk is a two-mile path along the Eel River that offers hikers and bikers an intimate look at one of the North Coast’s most captivating rivers. In summer and early fall the river is usually a tiny ribbon meandering through a huge channel of sand and gravel deposited during its winter flows. During winter, after a heavy rain, the river can rise to within a few yards of the levee. The air is fresh and sweet, and the views are intoxicating. The Riverwalk area has become a perfect stop for travelers along Hwy 101, with several hotels, restaurants and conveniences all within walking distance. There are an RV park and tent and cabin sites. The Riverwalk makes an excellent base from which to tour the Eel River Valley, with many amenities for residents and travelers alike. The River Lodge Conference Center is located on the Riverwalk. A beautifully designed, rustic-looking yet modern structure, the venue has become a part of the natural landscape with modern conveniences including wireless internet access. It features meeting and banquet space in a variety of beautifully appointed rooms, and can host groups from 10 to 500. Local artists have provided their interpretations of the natural environment that surrounds Fortuna, and their works are displayed in the lobby gallery. There is also a gift shop featuring locally produced products. On the grounds you will see Northern California’s largest and most diverse heather garden featuring more than 400 different varieties of heaths and heathers. WHERE: 1800 Riverwalk Dr., Fortuna MORE INFO: River Lodge Conference Center, 707-725-7572 RiverLodgeConferenceCenter.com

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Rohner Park

Fortuna’s Rohner Park has a long history of memory-making for local folks and visitors alike. Nestled in a sunny spot, bounded by natural creeks and surrounded by old growth redwoods, it’s perfect for short hikes, picnics and hours of play. So treat yourself and your family to a day in the park. It features a playground, tot lot, horseshoe pits, basketball court and immaculate baseball fields — even free Wi-Fi. There are many beautiful trails on the hillside where you can get lost in the ferns and see some of the oldest redwoods in the area, all within blocks of a small town main street.

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The park is a favorite celebration spot and offers an updated cook shack, deep pit barbecue pits and a large picnic area with an outdoor fireplace. Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, community breakfasts and hundreds of family reunions have taken place at the long tables in this wonderful outdoor party room. Rohner Park’s famous rodeo grounds have been the training grounds for most of the area’s cowgirls and cowboys, and each summer hosts the Fortuna Rodeo. Fortuna’s beloved Depot Museum, which holds many of the city’s historical records, artifacts and treasures, is located at the park’s entrance. The Firemen’s Pavilion has hosted weekend roller-skating for several generations and is also a favorite dance and party venue. WHERE: 5 Park St., off Main Street, Fortuna MORE INFO: 707-725-7620, FriendlyFortuna.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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A great way to enjoy the northcoast from a different perspective is to ride on horseback. While horseback riding anywhere can be an adventure, taking a ride in Humboldt County is an opportunity to enjoy a uniquely special experience. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the beaches, the rivers, the forest and the plains while riding atop these wonderful animals gives you a connection to nature you can rarely find.

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Korobi Stables of Fortuna specializes in giving you a chance to appreciate the wonders of this paradise on horseback. Take a guided trail ride with one of their professional, experienced cowgirls and savor beautiful views of the Eel River in sunny Fortuna. Riding a horse allows you access to trails you cannot take by vehicle, so chances are you will get to see places you have never seen before. Korobi also offers riding lessons for both children and adults of all experience levels. Lessons are aimed at building balance, body alignment and communication skills between the rider and the horse. Proper horsemanship and safety is their top priority. Other services they offer include pony parties, horse training and boarding. WHERE: 2316 Sandy Prairie Rd., Fortuna MORE INFO: 707-496-6004, KorobiStables.co and on Facebook

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A wonderful collection of stunning gems and minerals from deep below the earth’s surface awaits you at Chapman’s Gem & Mineral Shop and Museum just outside of Fortuna. Here you can view these strikingly lovely stones from around the world at your leisure. Not only will you see gems in a huge range of colors, shapes and sizes in this impressively large collection, but you will also find a petrified palm display, cut precious stones, Native American and pre-Columbian artifacts, fossilized animal and plant life and a display of meteorite samples. An ultraviolet room offers the chance to view fluorescent mineral specimens in vivid splendor.

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To get a full understanding of the collection, take the museum’s informal tour. This is a great experience for the geologist, the artist or the nature lover at heart. In the shop, purchase everything from stones, minerals, crystals and fossils to jewelry, books, carvings and shells. To purchase or just view some of the most beautiful stones in the world, Chapman’s Gem & Mineral Shop and Museum is open daily from 10am until 5pm. WHERE: 4 miles south of Fortuna just off Hwy 101. MORE INFO: 707-725-2714, ChapmansGemAndMineralShop.com

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In 1889 the Eel River and Eureka Railroad constructed a depot at the foot of 7th Street. It remained in service through 1965, and in 1974 the City of Fortuna purchased it and moved it to Rohner Park. The depot building opened as a museum on July 4, 1976 amid Bicentennial celebrations. Fortuna Depot Museum Featured displays include railroad and logging artifacts, a collection of local Native American basketry, a general store display, a fishing collection, a Rohner family history exhibit in the old ticket office, and the Fortuna and Scotia Volunteer Fire Department exhibit. In the museum’s Reference Room visitors can research genealogy and local history. Reference Room resources include 35 Fortuna Union High School scrapbooks of newspaper clippings dating from the 1920s through the present, compiled by the FUHS librarians and students. There is also a complete collection of the high school’s Megaphone yearbook, from 1906 to the present. Admission is free. Open June through August daily, noon to 4:30pm; September through May, Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4:30pm. WHERE: 3 Park St., Fortuna (Rohner Park) MORE INFO: 707-725-7645, SunnyFortuna.com/museum

Salmon Pass Trail

Here is your chance to explore Headwaters Forest Reserve with a knowledgeable guide, a Park Ranger who will introduce you to the wonders of this magical old-growth forestland. The first half mile of the trail passes through a young to mid-aged forest with views of restored watershed areas. The next 2 miles ascend through the oldgrowth redwood forest with a stunning view across the Salmon Creek watershed before looping back as it descends through the old growth. This hike is considered moderately strenuous, and is difficult for children under 10. The round trip is about 2.7 miles long and takes 3 to 4 hours. Guided hikes are offered May through November, and are available by reservation only. There is a newly-instituted volunteer guide program in place permitting Salmon Pass tours to be offered more often. MORE INFO: Make a hike request or join a hike using the online calendar at DiscoverTheRedwoods.com/calendar or call the BLM office at 707-825-2300. Search BLM.gov for Salmon Pass Trail. Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Pristine and unique, the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge just south of Eureka is a world-class destination for bird-watchers and other nature enthusiasts. It was established in 1971 primarily because of its importance as wintering and stopover habitat for tens of thousands of migratory birds, but it is home to a great diversity of mammals, fish, amphibians, invertebrates and plants as well. One important function of the wildlife refuge is to provide the public with highquality opportunities to observe and photograph wildlife. A universally accessible deck and short boardwalk attached to the Richard J. Guadagno Visitor Center provide a wildlife observation area for all visitors, including those with severe mobility challenges. The Shorebird Loop Trail (1.7 miles round trip) adjacent to the visitor center is level, and made up of gravel and packed dirt. It features an observation kiosk and interpretive panels, and is open daily during visitor center hours. It is one of many hiking trails. Those who would rather explore the refuge by water can launch canoes and kayaks at Hookton Slough. Peak wildlife-viewing season at the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge is November through April. The climax is from mid-March through mid-April when upwards of 60,000 Aleutian cackling geese (also known as “Canadian honkers” and formerly called Aleutian Canada geese) stage their annual “fly-off.” The population of these birds has made one of the most astounding recoveries in the history of wildlife management, soaring from fewer than 800 individual birds in 1974 to more than 120,000 today. The Richard J. Guadagno Visitor Center is open daily from 8am to 5pm (except on federal holidays) and has dioramas and an observation room equipped with telescopes. Binoculars and a “Discover Pack” that includes identification guides and magnifying glasses are available for checkout. Enjoy a solitary stroll over the various trails, or take one of the guided walks offered on the first Wednesday and second Sunday of every month. These walks leave the visitor center at 9am, and are completely free. Sorry, no dogs allowed in HBNWR. WHERE: Begin at the Richard Guadagno Visitor Center, 1020 Ranch Rd. Take exit 696 off Hwy 101 (Hookton Road exit in Loleta) and take the Visitor Center access road north and east 1.3 mi. MORE INFO: 707-733-5406, FWS.gov/refuge/humboldt_bay Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

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South Spit Humboldt Bay & Table Bluff County Park

About 10 minutes south of Eureka off Hwy 101, visitors will find the expansive sandy beaches of the Mike Thompson Wildlife Area, South Spit Humboldt Bay. Locals know it simply as the South Spit, and anyone will tell you that if you’re looking for a beach all to yourself, this is where you’re going to find it. Access to the spit is through Table Bluff County Park, where high cliffs afford stunning views of the beach below: a long narrow slice of sand with Pacific Ocean waves breaking on the west side, and the calm tranquil waters of Humboldt Bay on the east. From here the road descends in steep switchbacks to sea level and becomes South Jetty Road. Although there is no camping on the spit, it’s a great place for horseback riding or running an energetic pup. If you do take your dog, be sure to keep it on a leash through the dunes until you get to the wave slope, to avoid upsetting endangered western snowy plover nests. Watch for the snowy plover protection areas and mind the signs, as plover are extremely sensitive to strangers and any disturbance can send them skittering from their nests. Table Buff is also a popular staging area for hang gliding and paragliding, so don’t be surprised to find a friendly local or two floating quietly above your head. WHERE: take the Hookton Road exit west from Hwy 101 to Table Bluff MORE INFO: BLM Eureka Office 707-445-6493, search for Mike Thompson Wildlife Area at BLM.gov 101Things.com • Humboldt County 47


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diesel, air/water, ice

Eureka - Patriot Gas and Go 1711 Fourth St.

car-side service, air/water, lube/oil change

Eureka - Henderson Center Patriot Harris & E Streets

diesel, propane, air/water, market, restrooms

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car-side service, lube/oil change, cold beverages

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24 hours for gas w/credit card, diesel, kerosene, air/water, auto products, market, restrooms

Crescent City - C Renner Patriot 1089 Hwy 101 N

pump & store 9-9 daily, diesel, propane, air/water, auto products, beer/wine, restrooms

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24 hours for gas w/credit card, market, groceries, liquor, hardware, laundry, restrooms

Dinsmore - Dinsmore Store 43819 Hwy 36

24 hours for gas w/credit card, diesel, propane, seasonal hours for market, beer/wine/liquor, ATM

Willow Creek - Speedex 39143 Hwy 299


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24 hours for gas w/credit card, air/water, market, ice

Eureka - South Broadway Patriot 4075 Broadway

24 hours for gas w/credit card, propane, air/water market, beer/wine, ice

Eureka - Wabash and Broadway Patriot 1723 Broadway

24 hours for gas w/credit card, diesel, food stamps accepted

Eureka - United Gas Patriot 1679 Myrtle Ave.

market, hot dogs, beer/wine, ice

Eureka - Indianola Market 7769 Myrtle Ave.

24 hours for gas w/credit card, market, beer/wine/ liquor, ice

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Shelter Cove - Shelter Cove General Store 7272 Shelter Cove Rd.

red diesel, propane, cold drinks, snacks, restrooms

Leggett - Leggett Patriot 67670 Drive Thru Tree Rd.

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Piercy - Cooks Valley Patriot 966 North Hwy 101

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THE VICTORIAN SEAPORT

Eureka

Activities in the Area

Also see Events & Festivals, pgs 12-13

• Eureka Old Town and the Boardwalk, kayaking, Woodley Island Marina • Sequoia Park Zoo • M.V. Madaket boat ride

• Morris Grave Museum of Art and many art galleries in Old Town and Downtown Eureka • Clarke Museum, Old Town Eureka • Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, Samoa Cookhouse Logging Museum, Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum • Humboldt Botanical Gardens • Fort Humboldt State Historic Park in south Eureka

Eureka Boardwalk on Humboldt Bay, photo by Steve Hammons

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ike many of the towns in Humboldt County, the city of Eureka got its start as a Gold Rush transport center and later a logging and milling town — full of bars, card rooms and shady enterprises patronized by hundreds of loggers and sailors. With a population of more than 28,000 today, Eureka remains the cultural, political and economic hub of Humboldt County. While logging is still an important part of the local economy, Eureka also caters to an increasingly diversified local population. Proud of its history, the city has hundreds of beautifully restored houses and commercial buildings, such as those in the Old Town area. Eureka also has hotels, inns, restaurants and galleries that rival those in much larger cities. Rivers, ocean, marshes, mountains and forests are all in close proximity. A turn toward Humboldt Bay off Hwy 101 (Fourth or Fifth Street in the heart of Eureka) between C and M Streets will bring the

Antiques Art Galleries & Museums Automotive Beauty Salons & Spas Clothing Accessories Second Hand Shops Shoes Bakeries Candy Shops Coffee Houses Delis Ice Cream Grocery Stores Restaurants Health Aids Jewelers Lodging Music Books Gift Shops Live Theater Bay Cruises Festivals Events Wonderful Architecture Carriage Rides

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visitor to Eureka’s Old Town district. At the foot of F Street is the Eureka Boardwalk, which runs for five blocks along the waterfront area. Lined with benches, signal flags and other nautical touches, the boardwalk affords views of the Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay and local wildlife. The city continues to work on waterfront development and enhancement. An easy stroll behind the Carson Mansion at the top of Second Street leads to the lovely, massive Humboldt County Library. Comfortable chairs and great views encourage patrons to curl up with a good book. A short drive over the Samoa Bridge leads to Woodley Island Marina. The marina was dedicated in 1981 and has berths for 350 vessels. It is probably the best spot to view the waterfront and much of the local fishing fleet. A sculpture by local artist Dick Crane, dedicated to the memory of fishermen who have been lost at sea, stands at the end of the marina.

Experience Historic Old Town & Downtown EUREKA! One of the best preserved downtowns in California. The Center of Commerce & Culture Since 1850.

Come visit & enjoy shopping, dining, art, carriage rides, Humboldt Bay cruises & more! A to I Streets, Waterfront to Eighth

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hose who love large-scale art openings will enjoy First Saturday Night Arts Alive! when Eureka galleries in Downtown and Old Town coordinate art openings on the first Saturday each month from 6 to 9pm. Most businesses keep later hours for these events, and the result is a lively mix of artists, art lovers, family fun and shoppers. MORE INFO: Eureka Main Street, 707-442-9054, EurekaMainStreet.org

The Gazebo in Old Town, photo by Denise Comiskey

Another great way to see the waterfront as well as other pleasing sights is aboard the M.V. Madaket, a tour boat that offers several daily excursions on the bay. Built on Humboldt Bay in 1910, the Madaket is the oldest continuously operating passenger boat in the United States and is operated by the Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum, which is located next to the Samoa Cookhouse. The Madaket also houses California’s smallest licensed bar. About 8 miles south on Hwy 101, travelers can visit the picturesque campus of the College of the Redwoods, one of California’s 107 community colleges. CR, as it is known locally, offers courses for students who wish to obtain an associate degree or complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree and transfer to a four-year college such as Humboldt State University. There is so much to do in Eureka that it takes days to explore everything. A good first stop is the Chamber of Commerce office at 2112 Broadway (Hwy 101), where knowledgeable staff can offer helpful advice. MORE INFO: EurekaChamber.com; EurekaMainStreet.org, 707-442-9054

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The History of the Eureka Inn

ith the completion of the Redwood Highway in the early 1920s, a new influx of visitors made its way into Humboldt County to enjoy some of the finest hunting, fishing and scenery in the state. This influx included businessmen, industrialists and pleasure travelers who sought refined lodging. Simultaneously, the growing sophistication of social functions in Eureka underscored the need for an elegant hotel. Through a massive community-wide effort, the Eureka Inn was built at 518 Seventh St. to fill that need and serve not only as a gracious host to visitors, but as a resplendent social center as well. The 100-room hotel, constructed in a distinctive style blending English

Completely Renovated Large Hotel Rooms & Suites

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Tudor and contemporary design, made generous use of the plentiful local redwood. Its interior reflected an Old World charm with a vast, high-ceilinged lobby, polished redwood beams, crystal chandeliers, and a massive brick fireplace. Such was the Inn’s popularity that more than 50 rooms were added in 1925, and by the end of the year the hotel had expanded to cover the entire city block. Subsequent owners through the present have added extensive improvements. The unique beauty of the Eureka Inn has been praised and cherished by travelers since its founding. It therefore seemed only fitting when the Inn received formal recognition from the U.S. Government, which in 1982 added the famous hotel to the National Registry of Historic Places.

TEN WINDOW WILLIAMS CORNER OF 3RD AND E OLD TOWN, EUREKA

a Registered Historical Landmark Hotel Locally owned. with a History Supporting the community of Hospitality

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Locally owned. Knowledgeable Concierge Guest Services. Serving the community andcelebrate local businesses since 1922. Come the holidays with us.

THE LARGEST SELECTION OF ESTATE JEWELRY ON THE NORTH COAST.

National Register of Historic Places

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THE FINEST IN LUXURY RECYCLING.

(707) 442-2938

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Café Marina & Woodley’s Bar

Featuring the finest in local seafood, deck seating overlooking the marina and docks of Humboldt Bay. 601 Startare Dr., Woodley Island 443-2233, CafeMarina.net •

Carter House Inn’s Restaurant 301

Fine dining with an extensive wine list of over 3,800 wines. 301 L St., 444-8062, CarterHouse.com mural by Duane Flatmo at North Coast Co-op, 25 Fourth St., photo by Denise Comiskey

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Lost Coast Brewery

Award winning beers, classic American meals in a comfy, family setting. 617 4th St., 445-4480 LostCoast.com

North Coast Co-op

Full service natural foods grocery store with full deli, free Wi-Fi, bakery and espresso. 4th & B Sts. 443-6027, NorthCoastCo-op.com

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Ramone’s Bakery

In the heart of Old Town, freshly roasted coffee, espresso, pastries, desserts, lunch entrées, 209 E St. 445-2923, RamonesBakery.com •

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Located at the zoo, specializing in great American food. Indoor dining and outdoor patio. 3414 W St. 442-5649 X206, SequoiaParkZoo.net

Samoa Cookhouse

The last surviving cookhouse in the West continues the tradition of serving lots of good food — lumber camp style. 511 Vance Ave., Samoa 442-1659, SamoaCookhouse.net

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Serving lunch and dinner, specializing in fresh sea food. Fantastic salad bar, historic bar and banquet facilities. 316 E St., 443-7187, on Facebook •

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ld Town is a living tribute to Eureka’s respect for its roots and historic past. By the 1950s and 1960s, the fine old 19th century commercial buildings and Victorian houses of this several-block stretch near the waterfront were showing their age. Community groups as well as historical organizations in other parts of California launched the Century III Project. It secured low-interest loans from the federal government to restore the oldest part of town to its original state, with a few embellishments to boot. While not quite original — there are no livery stables in this new incarnation, no shipfitters or sawmills — the area is true to its historic roots.

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Making up the heart of Old Town are First, Second and Third Streets, with a mix of shops, restaurants, small businesses, galleries and watering holes. Some of the best restaurants in Eureka are in Old Town. Easily the most famous structure in Old Town is the Carson Mansion, which rises above Old Town at the head of Second Street. This elaborately ornamented Victorian was built in the 1880s for lumber baron William Carson, and is an incredible mixture of towers and turrets. While it can be enjoyed from the outside, it is now a private club, not open to the public. Across the street from the Carson Mansion stands another large Victorian structure. Affectionately called “The Pink Lady,” it was also built for the Carson family. Directly behind the Carson Mansion is the wonderful Humboldt County Library. Another architectural attraction is the Carter House Inn on the corner of Third and L Streets. This beautiful Victorian is actually a re-creation finished in 1982 from 1884 blueprints of a San Francisco mansion that was destroyed in the earthquake of 1906. The brick crosswalks, iron benches and planters bright with flowers make Second Street the heart of Old Town, but there are great things to see on cross streets too. The Clarke Memorial Museum, located in a columned former bank building at Third and E Streets,

Carter House Inns Carter House Inns is a collection of five Victorian buildings perched alongside Humboldt Bay in Old Town Eureka. Luxurious amenities at Carter House Inns set an indulgent tone for a visit to nearby redwood groves, rugged Pacific beaches, and the rich history of the Redwood Coast. ~ AND ~

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umboldt County’s Kinetic Grand Championship is a 3-day, 42-mile race along California’s North Coast from Arcata to Ferndale. Racers compete for glory, pedaling along roads, over dunes, and even through Humboldt Bay. Their vehicles, called kinetic sculptures, are all-terrain, human-powered works of art engineered to race over road, water, mud and sand. Many are animated, with moving parts such as blinking eyes, flapping wings or fins, and heads that look around. The Kinetic Grand Championship is held annually every Memorial Day weekend. Entire families come out to enjoy the spectacle and cheer their favorite entries. The Eureka leg of the race occurs on the second day of the event, and includes an amphibious passage in Humboldt Bay near the Adorni Center. MORE INFO: KineticGrandChampionship.com

has an extensive collection of baskets and dance regalia of the Yurok, Hupa and Karuk tribes. The American Indian Art and Gift Shop, located on F Street between Second and Third, features a wide selection of contemporary and traditional items from artists and craftspeople of these tribes and many others from around the nation. The Humboldt Arts Council spearheaded the transformation of Eureka’s Carnegie Free Library into the Morris Graves Museum of Art. Only a few blocks from Old Town, it is located at Seventh and F Streets. Renovated in 1999, the building now houses the Humboldt Arts Council’s permanent art collection and provides exhibit space for North Coast artists. Eureka’s Adorni Recreation Center on the waterfront is used for public functions and provides basketball courts, aerobics classes and a weight room. Near the Adorni Center each year, wildly imaginative “kinetic sculptures” traverse a section of Humboldt Bay. These amphibious sculptures are all-terrain, human-powered works of art engineered to race over road, water, mud and sand. The event, called the Kinetic Grand Championship, is a 3-day race “for the glory” from Arcata to Ferndale that takes place every Memorial Day weekend. The restoration of Old Town is an ongoing process. Eureka continues to renovate more of the waterfront and open it to the public. A beautiful waterside boardwalk at the foot of F Street affords views of Humboldt Bay and Woodley Island Marina. The newest addition is the C Street Market Plaza. MORE INFO: Eureka Chamber of Commerce, 707-442.3738, EurekaChamber.com; Eureka Main Street, 707-442-9054, EurekaMainStreet.org

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Old Town Haunted History Ghost Tours The streets and alleyways of Old Town Eureka are believed to be among the most haunted locations on the entire West Coast. Old Town Haunted History Ghost Tours explore the area’s racy past and paranormal present. Each 2-hour, 1-mile long walking tour of Eureka’s historic red light district leads visitors along the waterfront, up and down the notorious “Two Street” where beautiful Victorian buildings once held saloons and houses of ill fame, and through the shadows of Opera Alley. Tragic lives and deaths of Eurekans past combine with the ghostly experiences of those who live and work in Old Town today to create a history tour with a twist. Among the stories visitors Old Town Eureka, photo by Scott Brown, Old Town Haunted History Tours will encounter are those of a suicidal bartender, a 1930s earthquake victim, a Prohibition-era gunfight in a speakeasy, Victorian hotels with numerous ghostly guests, a World War I veteran who met his untimely end in the Dreamland Roller Skating Rink, and the guardian spirit that protects its building from “that thing in the corner.” WHERE: Tours depart from Old Town Coffee and Chocolates at 211 F St. in Old Town. MORE INFO: 707-672-5012, OldTownHauntedHistoryTours. com and find them on Facebook

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Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Perhaps the most delightful way to experience the Victorian seaport of Old Town Eureka is by horse-drawn carriage. Fortunately, that’s easily enough done. Brendan Fearon, who hails from the Victorian seaport of Liverpool, England, will happily take you on a tour of Old Town in his gloriously restored vis-à-vis (French for the “face-to-face” seats) carriage, pulled by either Barney or Buster, his Percheron draft horses. Carriage rides are offered year-round, but it’s a good idea to call ahead for an appointment during winter. Brendan has been driving carriages for three decades, and is as much a part of the experience as the horse, the carriage and Old Town itself. Witty and articulate, he is a veritable living guidebook. As you travel in and around the waterfront and past delightful old Victorians with ornate fronts at speeds of up to three miles per hour, Brendan will point out landmarks and relate tales of the history and culture of the area. This is sightseeing at its best, and an experience you won’t want to miss. Carriage rides are also available outside of Eureka. Thanks to his trailer, Brendan can transport horse and carriage to special events from Trinidad to Garberville. WHERE: 2nd and F Sts. at Old Town Square, Old Town Eureka MORE INFO: 646-591-2058, find Old Town Carriage on Facebook photo by Deborah Ketelsen, DKCreativeMedia.com

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Eureka Summer Concert Series

Every summer from late June through the end of August, music lovers in the Eureka area receive a special treat — free concerts! Held on successive Thursdays from 6 to 8pm, these concerts have become a popular annual tradition. Genres range across a musical spectrum that includes rock, blues, country, reggae, Cajun, and every now and then, a taste of Celtic. The atmosphere is fun and relaxed, creating the perfect opportunity to let your hair down and “laissez les bons temps rouler” (“let the good times roll” in Cajun French). The entertainment is top-notch, and generally imported from outside of the McKenna Faith performing at Summer Concert Series, 2014 photo by Tom Sebourn, TomSebourn.blogspot.com

area. The crowds are lively but mellow, making it a family-friendly event. The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by Main Street Eureka, Bi-Coastal Media and the City of Eureka. WHERE: C Street Market Plaza at the foot of C Street in Old Town Eureka MORE INFO: 707-442-9054, EurekaMainStreet.org

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Eureka’s Historic Buildings

Eureka is well-known for its Victorian architecture, and the city’s streets are a treasure trove of elaborate and lovingly restored buildings. The Carson Mansion — perhaps the most-photographed Victorian in America — is said to have employed more than 100 craftsmen at one time for the carving, finishing and installing of its intricate decorative flourishes. There are over 1600 historically-designated and noteworthy examples of Victorian homes all over Eureka proper. If you are a Victorian buff, take a meander through the easy-to-navigate streets of Eureka and see a town whose history is still proudly standing. Almost every street in Eureka’s Old Town boasts at least one Victorian.

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Victorian architecture is not a particular style; rather the term refers to any of a number of revival styles of architecture popular during the reign of Queen Victoria, who reigned during the late 19th century through 1901. “Victorian” architecture from the early 1900s would more properly be called Edwardian, after Edward VII, who followed Victoria. In any event, the actual architectural style of the Carson mansion is Queen Anne revival, an ornate variant of the more austere original Queen Anne style of the 1700s. Eureka boasts an impressive collection of historic buildings in many of these Victorian styles, including French Second Empire, Greek Revival, Italianate, Stick-Eastlake, and of course, Queen Anne. Many are on the National Register of Historic Places. MORE INFO: Eureka Main Street, 707-442-9054, EurekaMainStreet.org

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ith a surface area of about 16,000 acres at high tide, Humboldt Bay is one of the largest estuaries in California, second only to San Francisco Bay. Despite its size and prominent location, however, it remains a largely undiscovered gem. Only those who’ve taken the time to turn off the main highway to explore it can appreciate its many hidden facets. Much of what we see today is a reflection of the early commercial development of the bay and the surrounding territory. Among the many exciting and often overlooked attractions Humboldt Bay offers visitors and residents alike are the carefully preserved waterfront reflecting its colorful history, a pristine environment that is the home to yearround and seasonal wildlife, and a variety of recreational opportunities.

Historic Waterfront, Old Town Eureka

Extensive historical preservation efforts by dedicated volunteers have ensured that much of the past has been lovingly retained and restored. The historic waterfront district of Old Town preserves buildings dating back to the 19th century. A stroll through the area reveals not only classic examples of past architectural styles, but innovative uses of the old structures that ensure their survival as they house today’s shops, museums, restaurants and other businesses. Walking and horse-drawn carriage tours provide unique insights into the colorful past and its legacy.

Pristine environment for wildlife

Humboldt Bay has been preserved by the efforts of many dedicated agencies, organizations and individuals who have united to ensure that it is an inviting home or resting spot for many species of wildlife. The bay’s waters are so clean that its shellfish may be eaten raw, straight from the bay. Because Humboldt Bay is an estuary, freshwater influence from the streams and sloughs that run into it increases during the winter rainy season. Incoming tides, however, continually bring in fish and many invertebrates such as jellyfish, crabs and shrimp. Dolphins, porpoises (yes, they’re different from each other), seals and sea lions follow the fish and invertebrates into the bay. The sea lions are semi-permanent residents, while the others tend to be temporary visitors. Humboldt Bay is a major resting point along the Pacific Flyway utilized by migrating birds. More than 250 species of birds can be found here, and bird-watching is a yearround activity. Popular bird-watching areas include the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge in southern Humboldt Bay, Fay Slough Wildlife Area [FSWA] north of Eureka, Elk River Wildlife Area and PALCO Marsh in southern Eureka, the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Mad River Slough Wildlife Area west of Arcata. Interpretive centers that are the starting points for frequently-scheduled wildlife walks are located at the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge and at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

Sport fishing, clamming and crabbing

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and rear in the watershed of the tributaries which feed the bay. Green sturgeon, coho salmon, and a number of other species are protected. Anglers in Humboldt Bay usually favor California halibut, surf perch, jacksmelt, Chinook (“King”) salmon and leopard sharks. Bat rays, although not good eating fish, are popular for “catch and release.” Humboldt Bay offers numerous opportunities for fishing by boat and from shore. Clammers find very productive habitat for a number of different species of clam including littleneck, gaper and Martha Washington. The bay is also an ideal habitat for oysters, supporting the largest commercial oyster-producing area in California. Seasonally, Dungeness and red rock crabs are caught in the bay. Recreational fishing, clamming and crabbing are regulated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Before undertaking these activities, be sure to consult current Fish and Wildlife regulations for licensing, seasons, size limits, bag limits and legal fishing gear.

Boating

Although Humboldt Bay is a deep water port with harbor facilities including large industrial docks at Fairhaven, Samoa and Fields Landing, opportunities for recreational boating abound in it as well. Sailboats and yachts are plentiful. There are numerous launching facilities all around the bay, and marinas for berthing a wide array of pleasure craft. Woodley Island is home to Humboldt Bay Harbor District’s Marina, and the City of Eureka’s Public Marina at Old Town is another excellent place to moor your boat temporarily or on a year-round basis. Canoes and kayaks are also very popular, and are often used for exploring the salt marshes that ring the bay. Tours to these areas are regularly offered.

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M.V. Madaket Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruise

Climb aboard the Madaket and enjoy a relaxing voyage along the shores of Humboldt Bay. The M.V. Madaket, built in 1910, is the last survivor of seven original ferries that transported families and mill workers around Humboldt Bay for decades. Today it sits as the oldest passenger motor vessel in continuous service in the entire United States. Between May and October, you can hop on board for a tour and learn about local history, industries, activities, points of interest and wildlife. There are a number of trips to choose from. The 75-minute narrated cruise takes you along the shores of the bay and Eureka’s waterfront while you learn a bit about the area you’re visiting. A one-hour cocktail cruise will show you the sights and sounds of the bay while you enjoy a drink from the smallest licensed bar in California. You can privately charter the boat for up to 44 of your friends for a birthday, anniversary or other special event. The M.V. Madaket is run by the friendly people at Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum, which is located in Samoa. The museum focuses on the boating history of the bay. WHERE: departs from the foot of C St. in Old Town Eureka. MORE INFO: 707-445-1910, HumboldtBayMaritimeMuseum.com

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Eureka ~ Humboldt Bay Kayaking & Paddleboarding on Humboldt Bay

Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, located on the beautiful Eureka waterfront across from Woodley Island Marina, offers kayak, canoe, sailboat and standup paddleboard rentals, and private and group lessons, as well as guided tours around the bay with wildlife-watching in the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Eureka’s waterfront, Woodley Island and Arcata Marsh. WHERE: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, 921 Waterfront Dr., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-443-4222, Humboldt.edu/hbac Pacific Outfitters rents kayaks and canoes, and has everything needed to get out on the water or in the wilderness. WHERE: 1600 5th St., Eureka & 737 G St., Arcata MORE INFO: Eureka 707-443-6328, Arcata 822-0321, PacificOutfitters.com Humboats offers eco-tours of Humboldt Bay. Discover wildlife, watch bird migrations, and learn about the fascinating heritage of Humboldt Bay, its native Indian populations, the Eureka waterfront, and the Bay of today. Humboats is both ACA and BCU-certified with all lessons and tours provided by internationally experienced professional guides. Humboats also offers fishing, whale-watching, and river trips by kayak throughout Humboldt County. WHERE: 601 Startare Dr., Woodley Island MORE INFO: 707-443-5157, Humboats.com

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Humboldt Coastal Nature Center

The growing, green-roofed Humboldt Coastal Nature Center in Manila, founded by Friends of the Dunes, is unique in our region. It is the public gateway to over 1000 acres of coastal lands including the dunes near Arcata and Eureka, possibly Humboldt’s best-kept secret. From the Nature Center you can explore on your own or enjoy guided hikes highlighting bird-watching, mushrooms, dune movement, even observation of hive-less solitary bees that live in the sand. On one ten-minute trail alone, you can start at a marsh, walk through a pigmy forest, pick huckleberries, count birds, run (or roll) down massive sand dunes, and dip your toes in the ocean! Thanks to decades of restoration work by Friends of the Dunes, these coastal dunes may be the most biologically diverse habitat in Humboldt County, and are among the most pristine dunes of their kind on Earth. The wind and sand dance with the Pacific,

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creating both turbulence and serenity. Saltwater marshes give way to lichen-draped forests, with foxes, tree frogs, wildflowers and the endangered Humboldt Bay wallflower found along the trail. The Nature Center’s facilities and programming make it the only center on California’s North Coast where people of all ages and abilities experience and learn about all the diverse habitats of the Humboldt Bay area. The Humboldt Coastal Nature Center’s exhibits, trails and programs combine experiential education, conservation-minded recreational access, and hands-on restoration activities to increase public understanding of local coastal environments and to inspire community-driven stewardship of these fragile resources. Trails and restrooms are free and open during daylight hours. The interpretive center, also free, is open to the public 10am - 4pm on Saturdays, and during weekdays when staff is present (generally Tuesday-Friday 9am - 4pm). Calling ahead is encouraged. WHERE: Take Hwy 255 north from Eureka or south from Arcata to Manila. Turn west on Stamps Lane and follow the signs to 220 Stamps Ln. You’ll find self-guided tour brochures in the sign-in box next to the trailhead. MORE INFO: 707-444-1397, FriendsOfTheDunes.org/HCNC

See Humboldt Bay By Water! M.V. MADAKET BAY CRUISES

Launched in 1910 and lovingly restored, the M.V. Madaket is the oldest passenger vessel in continuous service in the United States.

Cocktails served aboard every cruise from the smallest licensed bar in the state. Cruises offered May - Oct. (Daily June - Sept.) Departing from Foot of C St. on the “Eureka Boardwalk.”

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Explore the maritime heritage of California’s North Coast. Hands-on activities and docent-led tours. FREE ADMISSION. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum located in the little town of Samoa, next to the historic Samoa Cookhouse.

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Eureka ~ Humboldt Bay has its own National Weather Service station, and is the headquarters for the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District. The only dockside kayak rental facility on the North Coast is on Woodley Island. Stop off at Dock A, and Humboats Kayak Adventures will provide you with everything you need to go out on the water in Humboldt Bay. Woodley Island is also the site of “The Fisherman,” a memorial statue created by artist Dick Crane. It commemorates the mariners who have lost their lives at sea. It can be easily spotted from Old Town Eureka. Woodley Café Marina on Woodley Island, photo by David Kaftal Island is also the relocated home of the old Table Bluff Lighthouse tower, which was moved there in 1987. Roughly half the island’s area is a protected wildlife sanctuary. There are two freshwater ponds. Bird-watchers come to catch glimpses of godwits, pelicans, grebes, loons For the experience of friends and family sitting down for a casual dinner, and egrets. The egrets, which are frequently spotted, come from a rookery on nearby talking over the day’s events and catching up on life, head to the Samoa Cookhouse. It’s Indian Island. been serving wonderful “family style” breakfasts, lunches and dinners since 1894. WHERE: Besides being accessible by water, Woodley Island can also be reached by car. This dining experience is unique. For instance, there are no menus. Delicious meals Take Hwy 255 west for .6 mile from its intersection with Hwy 101 at the northern end are prepared every day by skillful chefs, and when you sit down in the old style dining of Eureka. rooms, you are served the food they’ve made for the day. It comes piping hot to the MORE INFO: 707-443-0801, HumboldtBay.org/woodley-island-marina; Café Marina table in large bowls and platters for your family to share and pass around. Although some 707-443-2233, CafeMarina.net; Humboats Kayak Adventures 707-443-5157, HumBoats.com people call it “family style,” at the Cookhouse they refer to it as “lumber camp style.” This is because the Samoa Cookhouse was founded for mill and dockworkers in the 1890s — and that’s how meals were served back in the old lumber camps. Today it’s the last logging camp-type cookhouse left in the western United States. Humboldt Bay was settled in the early 19th century, and has a rich seafarWhen you’re done with your meal, visit the on-site museum. It is full of relics and ing history filled with adventure, passion and — especially — disaster. From the 1850s photos, as well as historic logging and lumber camp cookhouse artifacts. The Samoa through the early part of the 20th century, the best way to carry passengers, lumber Cookhouse is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner year-round. and goods to and from this area was by sea. In 1853 alone, 12 ships wrecked on the bar WHERE: Take the Samoa Bridge off Hwy 101 and turn left onto Samoa Boulevard. Take at the treacherous mouth of the bay. By 1856 the Humboldt Harbor Light was built on the the first left. north spit, eventually being replaced by the Table Bluff Light in 1886. MORE INFO: 707-442-1659, SamoaCookhouse.net Many aspects of maritime life of the North Coast and Humboldt Bay come alive as soon as you step through the door of the Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum. It is filled with artifacts that will show you about the shipwrecks, shipbuilding, lumber schooners, fishing boats, ferries, tugs and the lighthouses that lit the way for all boats to pass safely One of three natural islands in Humboldt Bay, Woodley Island offers sightseeinto the harbor. They even have a lighthouse lens from the middle of the 19th century. ing with a nautical flavor. Its marina is the largest in Humboldt Bay, with 217 slips for The M.V. Madaket, a 1910 passenger ferry that departs from the foot of C St., offers commercial and recreational vessels as well as guest docking facilities. It offers sailors cruises around Humboldt Bay and is also operated by the museum. a laundry, restrooms and showers, hoists, and other support services. WHERE: next to the Samoa Cookhouse, open Thursday through Saturday in winter and You can watch fishing boats come and go, and buy fresh fish and crab right off the Tuesday through Saturday in summer, from 11am to 4pm. boats. For a real treat, relax and enjoy the Café Marina and Woodley Bar. The island also MORE INFO: 707-444-9440, HumboldtBayMaritimeMuseum.com

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Humboldt Botanical Garden

Family members of all ages can relax and recharge while experiencing the wide variety of ecosystems at the Humboldt Botanical Garden. This 44.5 acre garden features over 7 acres of formal themed gardens, 5 miles of hiking trails (includes moderate to difficult hikes) and plenty of picnic tables and benches for reflection. The Humboldt Botanical Garden is a place where plants, nature and the environment truly come alive. Whether you just need a break from a hectic day, want to picnic with your family or need a place to hike or walk your dog, the Humboldt Botanical Garden is a must-see destination. The garden is a great place to get information on plants that grow in the local climate and plants native to California that will inspire you with new ideas to take home to your own garden. The Garden is also available for weddings and special event rentals. Humboldt Botanical Garden is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am to 4pm, April 1 to October 31; and Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 2pm and Sunday 11am to 3pm, November 1 to March 31. Admission ranges from $5 to $8, HBG Members and children 5 and under get in free. HBG is a member of the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program. Dogs are allowed; the policy is posted on the website. WHERE: next to College of the Redwoods just south of Eureka. From Hwy 101 take exit 698 to the north entrance of College of the Redwoods where you will see signs leading you to the garden. MORE INFO: 707-442-5139, HBGF.org, find on Facebook, follow on Twitter view from Humboldt Botanical Gardens, photo by Denise Comiskey

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Blue Ox Millworks and Historic Park

Blue Ox Millworks manufactures authentic Victorian-style architectural millwork using antique equipment ranging from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s and traditional woodworking techniques from that era. They produce custom doors, windows, turnings and Victorian gingerbread and ship it nationwide. Their tooling includes the largest collection of operating Barnes Brothers Equipment Company human-powered tools in the world. Over the past 39 years the craftsmen at Blue Ox have produced woodwork for the renovation of many historic buildings including governors’ mansions, national park visitor centers, saloons, historic cathedrals and hundreds of private historic homes, as well as new ones. The Millworks offers guided tours, but you can also tour at your own pace and observe the woodworkers in action. While there you can enjoy learning about America’s frontier past by visiting the historic logging camp, the blacksmith shop, ceramics studio, letterpress print shop, apothecary and boatworks. Learn how to use local clays, how to create experimental glazes utilizing formulas from as far back as the 1400s and how to make stains and varnishes from natural elements. A gift store is available featuring items made by the high school students of Blue Ox Community School, an alternative school that operates on the premises. Self-guided tours can be taken Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, and from April to November also on Saturdays from 9am until 4pm. Workshops and guided group tours are also available. WHERE: corner of 1st and X Sts., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-444-3437 or 800-248-4259, BlueOxMill.com

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Eureka’s Public Sculptures

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Humboldt County is known for its commitment to the arts and its large population of artists, so it should be no surprise that public sculpture is a prominent part of Eureka’s urban landscape. You will find examples in Old Town, Downtown, along the 101 Corridor and even in the Burre Center on Myrtle Avenue. Perhaps the best-known is a sculpture by Dick Crane of a fisherman on Woodley Island in Humboldt Bay. Most of the pieces are abstract, however, ranging from the just barely representational to the completely and utterly nonrepresentational. Many were gifts to the City of Eureka, including a number done by the Pacific Rim Sculpture Group in San Francisco, and others were donated by individual independent artists. Within the past few years, sculptures have been added to the C Street Market Square at the foot of C Street along Eureka’s waterfront. Five or six appear there annually in a rotating juried show. A noteworthy permanent water feature there, “Following Current Events,” is the work of Eureka sculptor Jack Sewell. There are plans to install more sculptures throughout the downtown area in the coming years. MORE INFO: City of Eureka Art and Culture Commission, Eureka-Art-Culture.com, info@eureka-art-culture.com; Eureka Main Street, 707-442-9054, EurekaMainStreet.org

The rich and diverse history of Humboldt County and California’s northern coast come alive at the Clarke Historical Museum in Eureka. Housed in a 1912 bank building, the museum is devoted to the preservation and presentation of many facets of the area’s past. Beginning with the culture of the land’s original Native American inhabitants, and continuing to the present day, you will be taken on a fascinating historical journey. The museum has a strong focus on Native American basketry and ceremonial regalia. There is an extensive collection of antique weapons and photographs, and splendid examples of ceramics, costumes, ethnic and tribal art, Victorian decorative art, furniture, paintings and prints. The museum has a fascinating display of everyday items from the Victorian period, really bringing the past to life. The museum also photo by Steve Hammons offers hands-on workshops for more in-depth studies of the lives of the people who made Humboldt County what it is today. Admission is free, and it is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm, and during First Saturday Night Arts Alive from 11am to 4pm and 6 to 9pm. Docent-led tours can be provided by special request. Don’t forget to ask about the resident “ghost!” WHERE: located at the corner of 3rd and E Streets, Eureka MORE INFO: 707 443-1947, ClarkeMuseum.org Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Eureka’s Murals

One of the great things about Eureka is the amazing support the town gives to local artists. A particularly enjoyable result of that are the eye-popping murals on the walls of buildings all over Eureka, especially in Old Town and Downtown. One of the best ways to appreciate this amazing outdoor art is to take the self-guided walking tour, which will lead you to many of the murals. You will get a short explanation of the significance of each mural, and learn who painted the work of art in front of you. You will see amazing pieces like “Indian Island,” “Alley Cats” and “Busy Dogs,” among many others. Artist Duane Flatmo, who painted many of these murals, has garnered significant attention for his whimsical, neo-cubist style.

mural by Randy Spicer at G Street, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, photo by Steve Hammons

The tremendous colors and inspiring scenes depicted in its murals add so much to Eureka. A fabulous little tour gives you a chance to breathe the fresh coastal air and feel the sunshine on your face while you enjoy the brilliant artwork sprawled across the cityscape. After the walking tour you can take a short drive, shown on the Chamber of Commerce map, to see more of Eureka’s murals. To get the self-guided-tour map of the town, stop by the Chamber at 2112 Broadway and ask for the Eureka Murals Walking Tour Guide. MORE INFO: 707-442-3738, EurekaChamber.com

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Morris Graves Museum of Art

The Morris Graves Museum of Art in downtown Eureka is dedicated to the arts and artists of the Pacific Northwest, including the works of its patron artist, Morris Graves. It is housed in the refurbished old Eureka Carnegie Library building, a grand structure originally completed in 1904. The museum is home to the Humboldt Arts Council, whose Permanent Art Collection was created with the purpose of publicly displaying original works of art in Humboldt County schools to give children the opportunity to “live with art.” The artists’ visions and styles and the media they employed vary across a remarkable range, and the quality of the work is consistently top-notch. The exhibits will in turn surprise, delight, awe and inspire you, and fire your imagination. The Morris Graves Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5pm. WHERE: 636 F St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-442-0278, HumboldtArts.org

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Sequoia Park Zoo

Come experience the best little (five acre) Zoo in North America! AZA-accredited, Sequoia Park Zoo is home to 57-plus animal and bird species (including seven on the endangered list) and packed with adventure, animal encounters, fun and learning for children and adults alike. At the Watershed Heroes exhibit, three boisterous river otters delight in their beautiful habitat. Kids can crawl through a tube and see the otters play around them, then splash in the stream-bed under the watchful eyes of Juneau and Cheyenne, two magnificent Bald eagles in the adjacent raptor aviary. The South American area is home to highly endangered bush dogs, Chilean flamingos, Orinoco geese, Southern screamers, Patagonian cavies, rheas and Chacoan peccaries (bet you’ve never seen these before!). Then it’s off to Asia and the enchanting Red pandas and shaggy yaks. Stroll to the Barnyard where, if you look closely, you can see mice, a skunk, watch bees make honey, and meet pigs, llamas, alpacas, rabbits, chickens and a donkey. In the Contact Corral, children can groom the sheep and goats and watch baby goats climb and play on their Goat Gazebo. Your trip to the Zoo is not complete without seeing (and hearing) the primates — white-handed gibbons and spider monkeys. Walking through the aviary you will encounter Scarlet ibises, chattering Guira cuckoos, Golden pheasants, rare Nicobar pigeons,

Spotted whistling ducks, and many other feathered friends. Don’t forget the Secrets of the Forest indoor exhibit, where you’ll discover native pond turtles, snakes and banana slugs! Here you can learn all about our local watershed system, and the ecosystem in the treetop canopy of 300-foot-tall old-growth redwoods above your head — something to think about when you take a stroll through Sequoia Park Forest after leaving the Zoo. Take a break from animal adventures and enjoy a snack, meal or ice-cream treat from the popular Zoo Café, and end your visit in the Zoo Gift Shop where you can find the perfect souvenir or gift from a wide variety of toys, books and educational games. Browse the diverse selection of unique local and global items that support conservation organizations… gifts that give back and that will bring happy memories of your visit. The Zoo borders Sequoia Park with a playground, picnic area and magnificent redwoods. A perfect family day on the Redwood Coast begins with Sequoia Park Zoo. From May through September, the Zoo is open seven days a week, 10am to 5pm, and closed Mondays (except holidays) in the winter. WHERE: 3414 W St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-441-4263, SequoiaParkZoo.net

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Humboldt Roller Derby

Combine athletic women, hot pants, a rousing announcer, food, beer, a live band, an enthusiastic crowd and what do you get? Humboldt Roller Derby, of course. Roller derby is one of the fastest growing sports in America according to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). When you attend a Humboldt Roller Derby event it is easy to understand why — this is a lot of fun. There are enthusiastic fans with signs, custom T-shirts and painted faces filling Francheschi Hall at Redwood Acres. A live band, “The Blow Hards,” plays during each intermission and a DJ keeps the groove going playing songs during each match. This is all on top of a wonderful halftime performance by the Derby Darlings. The match itself, or bout as it’s called, is also very entertaining. The action is fast-paced and something is constantly happening. Unlike what you might expect, there is very little aggressive play on the floor. Mostly there is photo by Terrence McNally/Arcata Photo Studios just a lot of solid competition in a fun-minded manner. All the players work very hard to fulfill their set roles on each team. For newcomers to the sport, the announcer also offers a clear explanation of rules and strategy throughout each bout. If you are looking for a fun sporting event to enjoy, it doesn’t get much more entertaining than Humboldt Roller Derby. Visit their website for specific bout dates or to get more information on the team in general. WHERE: bouts are held at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, Eureka MORE INFO: HumboldtRollerDerby.com

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Fort Humboldt State Historic Park

Fort Humboldt State Historic Park, located at the south end of Eureka, is a must-see for history buffs. Situated on a bluff overlooking Humboldt Bay, Fort Humboldt was established in 1853 when the Gold Rush resulted in hostilities between Native Americans and gold seekers. At its operational peak, the fort had 14 buildings. A young Ulysses S. Grant was a captain here for five months after the Mexican-American War.

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Later, it became the headquarters for the Humboldt Military District, which included Fort Bragg and Wright in Mendocino County, Fort Ter-Wer in Klamath and Camp Lincoln near Crescent City. The fort was auctioned to farmers in 1870 and soon fell into decay. In 1955, Fort Humboldt State Historic Park was established and repairs began on the fort. So far, only the hospital and surgeon’s quarters have been restored. They are used as museums with exhibits showing the history of the area and how the fort operated. A historic garden has been planted with herbs and vegetables that were available in the 1850s. You can also see 19th and mid-20th century logging equipment, such as “Lucy,” a Dolbeer-type steam donkey, and two locomotives. Guided tours can be arranged. The park is open from 8 am until 5pm daily, and there is no entrance fee. WHERE: 3431 Fort Ave., in south Eureka, off Highland Avenue one block east of Hwy 101 near the Bayshore Mall. MORE INFO: 707-445-6567, search for Fort Humboldt on www.parks.ca.gov

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Samoa Dunes Recreation Area

If you love to ride your ATV or have been itching to try the sport, head to the Samoa Dunes Recreation Area. This is a great place to go for an afternoon of launching up and over sand dunes, making sharp turns and triggering sand to shoot into the air. With more than 140 acres of trails and beach, there is plenty of space to play. Bring you own ATV since they are not available to rent. There is also a 75-acre riding area known as Eureka Dunes, which is now open to off-highway vehicles. It extends about one mile north of the park. Take a break from all the fun to cook some food on one of the grills. If you are not an ATV enthusiast, you’ll still enjoy the many other activities the park provides, such as strolling down the jetty, hiking, surfing, fishing, seeing the starfish clinging to the jetty rocks, beachcombing or bird-watching. While walking around, you may even encounter heaps of shells, which were discarded by the Wiyot Indians who used this land long ago as a seasonal gathering site for shellfish. A variety of sea- and shore-birds can be seen nesting and resting in the cypress tree groves throughout the 300-acre park. The northeast 40 acres are protected habitat for the endangered Humboldt Bay wallflower, which, as an indicator species, functions like a canary in the coal mine for its immediate surroundings. WHERE: take Hwy 255 off Hwy 101 in Eureka. Go across the Samoa Bridge and turn left (south) onto New Navy Base Road. Drive about 4 miles down the road Redwood Acres Raceway at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka is a semito the end. banked, 3/8-mile paved oval racetrack that’s been going strong since 1947. It has a MORE INFO: 707-825-2300, search for vintage covered grandstand with a snack bar for refreshments. The track is lighted for Samoa Dunes at BLM.gov nighttime racing and there is ample parking adjacent to the facility. Spectators can see a wide variety of exciting racing events including Late Models, Bombers, Mini Stocks, Roadrunners/Hornets & Thunder Roadsters. Monster Truck events can feature some of the top-name performers in the country. WHERE: 3750 Harris St., Eureka MORE INFO: 707-445-3037, RacingTheAcres.com Samoa Drag Strip, located south of the Samoa Cookhouse near the end of the Samoa Peninsula, is a 1/4-mile NHRA Sanctioned Drag strip. Witness awesome power and explosive acceleration from 0 to unbelievable speeds in the quarter mile. Race cars in these With a selection of over 12,000 high-quality events range from ordinary street-legal family cars out to see what they can do, to fireproducts, Ace has what you’re looking breathing dragsters. Motorcycle races are also a regular at the strip. Most racing events for regardless of the project. You’ll find occur on weekends with some races on Thursday nights. everything from tools to electrical WHERE: From Eureka, go across the Samoa Bridge, turn left and head south to access and plumbing supplies to lawn and the drag strip. MORE INFO: 707-845-5755, SamoaDragStrip.com

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Imagine standing under a towering forest canopy, streams of light coming through the leaves and the gentle twitter of birds coming from the woods surrounding you. This is a beautifully tranquil experience, which everyone should have at least once in their life. The Headwaters Forest Reserve, just south of Eureka, offers an ideal setting for this experience. The reserve serves as a habitat for threatened animals, such as the marbled murrelet and the coho salmon. There are two different sections to this 7,500-acre forest. The northern section is open from dawn to dusk for anyone wanting a pleasurable hike through the redwoods along the Elk River Trail. It is an 11-mile hike past streams, the south fork of the Elk River and several magnificent old-growth stands. The Elk River Trail is a wilderness area, and wild animals such as bear and mountain lion do inhabit the region. One mile into the Elk River Trail hike you will find the remains of what was once a mill town called Falk, named after its founder Noah Falk, who migrated here in the late 1800s during the Gold Rush. Upon arrival Falk was enamored with the redwoods and came to see them as his own form of gold. He built a sawmill on the site, and a town with a population of nearly 400 sprung up around it. The mill and the town operated for nearly 30 years until the Great Depression in 1937, when the mill shut down and the town followed shortly after. Through the mid 1900s Falk was a ghost town, and in 1979 the buildings Shafer’s Ace Hardware Henderson Shafer’s Ace Hardware Harris were finally taken down due to liability factors. Today, hikers along the Elk River Trail can 2760 E Street 2520 Harris Street see traces of the town. Interpretative signs along the trail point out the sites where the Eureka, CA 95501 Eureka, CA 95501 mill and the town’s buildings once stood. Now all that remain are haunting foundations, 707-442-5734 707-798-6041 ghostly relics of metal machinery left behind, and the giant stumps of age-old trees. Open Mon-Sat 8-6:30, Sun 9-6 Open Mon-Sat 8-6, Sun 9-5 The other portion of the reserve, the southern end, can only be accessed on a BLMFortuna Ace Hardware & Garden Willow Creek Ace Hardware led guided hike, beginning at Newburg Park in Fortuna. See Salmon Pass Trail on page e Hardware Willow Creek Ace Hardware Fortuna Ace Hardware & Garden 140 South Fortuna Boulevard 39168 Highway 299 44 to learn more. E St 39168 Highway 299 140 South Fortuna Boulevard Fortuna, CA 95540 Willow Creek, CA 95573 WHERE: take Elk River Road off Hwy 101 south of Eureka, go about 6 miles to trailhead 707-725-8647 530-629-2425 CA 95501 Willow Creek, CA 95573 Fortuna, CA 95540 parking area. Open Mon-Sat 8-6:30, Sun 9-5:30 Open Mon-Sat 8-6, Sun 9-5 MORE INFO: Bureau of Land Management, 707-825-2300, search for Headwaters Forest 2-5734 (530) 629-2425 (707) 725-8647 www.acehardware.com Reserve at BLM.gov

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Humboldt State University

rcata is the home of Humboldt State University, one of 23 campuses that comprise the California State University system. The university was founded in 1913 as a teachers college and was called Humboldt Normal School. Today the university boasts curricula in environmental engineering, forestry, science, business, liberal arts and creative arts, making it a great place to visit and an extraordinary place to learn. Offering a quality education in a distinctive setting, Humboldt State University is ideal for college-bound students who are looking for small classes and individual attention from faculty. Typically, the students who attend Humboldt State are from the upper onethird of their high school graduating classes. Humboldt State University is also regarded as one of the most beautiful college campuses in California, with more than 140 acres sitting atop a hill overlooking Humboldt Bay. Culturally, Humboldt State is a hub of the North Coast, sponsoring art exhibits, symphony concerts, dance performances, live theatre and lectures. The campus boasts the largest library facility in California north of San Francisco, a marine laboratory, fish hatchery, greenhouse and more. It is also known for an excellent student athletic program, and the somewhat unusual Marching Lumberjacks band who use humorous routines and scripts during half-time field shows in Redwood Bowl. Humboldt State University hosts a variety of annual meetings and conferences for professional organizations and clubs from across the country, bringing thousands of visitors to Humboldt County every year. Student-led campus tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10am and 2pm, and on Saturday at Noon. Tours begin in the Student Business Services (SBS) Building and typically last 2 hours. WHERE: 1 Harpst Street in Arcata MORE INFO: 707-826-3011, Humboldt.edu

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Arcata Community Forest

If you’re looking for a rugged outdoor getaway close to the comforts of town, the Arcata Community Forest is perfect. This incredible redwood forest really is the “best of both worlds.” It covers more than 600 acres, and all of them are inside Arcata’s city limits. Head out into the lush, green forest, and within a few seconds you’ll forget that you are still inside a bustling college town. Take a leisurely walk to clear your mind, or go on a more rigorous hike. Hop on your mountain bike and hit the trails. An added bonus is the fact that the forest is managed in order to preserve it, along with the many other great parks that dot Arcata. You’ll love the time spent away from life’s stresses as you explore the Arcata Community Forest. WHERE: Access the forest through Redwood Park at the east end of 11th Street, 14th Street and California Avenue. MORE INFO: Arcata Department of Environmental Services, 707-822-8184, CityOfArcata.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

Humboldt State University, Arcata, photo by Kellie Brown, Humboldt.edu

any diverse elements contribute to the mix that is the city of Arcata. Founded in 1850 as Union Town, Arcata originally served as a depot and base camp for the gold fields in the Trinity Alps to the east and lumber camps all around. At present, Arcata has an economy that includes tourism, education, manufacturing, a healthy retail base and various service industries. The resident population is an intriguing combination of students, senior citizens, artists and all manner of working folk. With a population of around 17,000, Arcata is a wonderful place to spend a few days. Close to beaches, the forest, and home to a marsh bird sanctuary, there are outdoor opportunities everywhere. For those who want to enjoy some nightlife, there are theatre, live music, dancing, numerous taverns and restaurants in town. There are events happening year-round like Arts! Arcata, which is held on the second Friday of each month. Arts! Arcata is an open house for local businesses and artists featuring musical performances, dance, demonstrations and fine arts by Humboldt County artisans. The city center is Arcata Plaza, around which the community turns. Once home to grazing cows and pack animals, today the Plaza serves as the central focus of commercial and festive activities. Several historic buildings around Arcata have been restored. Jacoby’s Storehouse, located on the south side of the plaza is one example. It was built by Augustus Jacoby, a prominent local merchant, who saw how quickly wooden buildings turned to tinder. In 1857, he completed his “fireproof storehouse.” Built of locally quarried stone and bricks, with decorative stonework and iron shutters, the building quickly became a source of pride to the whole community. The storehouse, designated a Historical Landmark, is one of the most beautiful restorations on the North Coast. Across the plaza is the iconic Hotel Arcata. The hotel was completely renovated several years ago and is a remarkable example of early hotel design. Arcata is home to the Minor Theatre, the oldest continuously run movie theater in the country. One of the oldest colleges in the California State University system, Humboldt State University, is also located in Arcata. A great way to spend a summer evening is to watch the Humboldt Crabs summer collegiate baseball team at the Arcata ballpark on Eighth and F Streets. The Crabs are perennially one of the toprated teams in their league, and the ballpark is small and intimate. The Fourth of July celebrations should not be missed in Arcata, as the whole town comes out to party with barbecues, music, food, baseAmenities for Home, Work & Play ball and other old-fashioned, small-town 4750 Valley West Blvd. pleasures. The California Welcome Center in north ARCATA Arcata provides information on Humboldt on Hwy 101, exit Guintoli Lane, County. Take Hwy 101 2 miles north of then East onto Valley West Blvd. downtown Arcata to the Giuntoli exit. The Welcome Center is on the west side of the Reservations: 707-822-5896 highway on Heindon Road.

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n 1850, when the Union Wharf and Plank Company laid out the town of Union, now called Arcata, it had the foresight to designate block 167 as a park or common area. It is likely that some of the hardy types who were on the North Coast after a headlong rush to the gold fields remembered the commons of their New England homes or the squares of sleepy Southern towns. Whatever the reason, this precious block, now the Arcata Plaza, was saved for posterity. Not that it was treated all that reverently at first. Early arrivals camped on the square in tents, huts or whatever shelter they could contrive while making arrangements to get to the diggings on the Klamath, Trinity or Salmon Rivers. Some people who settled on one of the properties in town thought that the open space in the middle was a fine spot to graze their cows and goats. A bandstand in the center of the plaza was completed in 1901 and citizens planted rosebushes and boxwood around the rich, green lawn in the following years, as well as the first palm trees. The bandstand has since been replaced with a statue of William McKinley, and local businesses have adopted the flower beds. Today people gather on the plaza to visit, to take a lunch break or just to relax and enjoy the sun. It is a place where craft fairs, sidewalk sales, rallies, demonstrations and just about any other kind of gathering takes place. One such noteworthy gathering occurs every year on the Saturday before Memorial Day, when the Plaza becomes the staging area and starting line for the Kinetic Grand Championship. The Championship is a threeday race of people-powered “kinetic sculptures” from Arcata to Ferndale. See pages 12 and 13 for more Arcata Plaza events. Arcata Bay Oyster Festival in June, photo by Heidi Ferris, 101 photo contest entry Pastels on the Plaza in October, photo by Deborah Ketelsen, DKCreativeMedia.com

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Arcata’s Historic Landmarks

Arcata is a great place to encounter visually exciting historic architecture. The town was settled around 1850 under the name of Union, and underwent several different periods as it developed. After what was known as the settlement era, Arcata went through a period of heavy Victorian influence. Many Victorian houses and structures stand to this day, and are popular sites for tourists and photographers. The William Nixon House is a great example of one from this period. Located on 10th St., this amazing home was originally bought for 500 sacks of potatoes. On 14th St. are mirror-image mansions, which sit across the street from one another. Designated historic landmarks include the Hotel Arcata at 9th and G Sts., which was built in 1915; one of the oldest continuously operated theaters in the country, the Minor Theatre at 10th and H Sts., which was built in 1914; and Jacoby’s Storehouse at 8th and H Streets. Built in 1857, Jacoby’s Storehouse is now used for numerous restaurants, shops and offices, as well as a Railroad Museum on the ground floor. All of these structures have undergone restoration in recent years and feature quality workmanship in the exterior and interior of the buildings. The Arcata Main Street office is also located in that building. MORE INFO: Historical Sites Society of Arcata, 707-822-4722. For a self-guided Victorian homes walking tour map call the Arcata Chamber of Commerce, 707-822-3619, ArcataChamber.com

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In 1981 two young and talented entrepreneurs began a jewelry business in their single car garage. Thirty years later, in 2011, co-founders Holly Hosterman and Paul Lubitz opened a Holly Yashi retail store inside their current Humboldt County jewelry design factory. In addition to showcasing Holly Yashi’s award-winning jewelry and offering other gift items, the store allows visitors the rare experience of seeing Holly Yashi jewelry being made.

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While the studio currently spans more than 15,000 sq. ft., Holly Yashi continues to honor and preserve the art of jewelry making by crafting each item by hand in small batches. Customers are served free cappuccinos while they shop. It is the perfect place to bring out-of-town guests for a fun-filled field trip. WHERE: 1300 Ninth St., Arcata just minutes from Hwy 101. MORE INFO: 707-822-5132, HollyYashi.com

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Known as America’s national pastime, going to a baseball game is handsdown one of the best ways to spend a summer afternoon. And just because there aren’t any big league teams in Humboldt County doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy baseball here. The Humboldt Crabs provide an ideal opportunity to watch summer collegiate baseball.

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Laurel Skye’s House of Mosaics

Take a trip into a magical realm at Laurel Skye’s House of Mosaics in Arcata! As you take your first steps onto the small bridge that leads to the house, you will see a mosaic heron to your left, poised majestically as it stands sentry over the koi pond. In front of you sitting next to the front door is a mannequin, her left leg colorfully tiled, sitting on a beautifully tiled porch bench. All this before entering the house. SkyeHouse is a mosaic art showcase as well as a visual feast and a unique destination. Laurel Skye and her house of mosaics have been featured on HGTV’s Offbeat America, as well as in several TV News spotlights, youtube videos, magazines and newspapers. The house is home to over 200 mosaics including tiled floors, dishwasher, an entire steampunk bathroom, walls, skulls, bottles, fruit, musical instruments and more. Classes and workshops for those interested in exploring this very tactile medium are taught by Laurel and held at the house. They range from beginner to advanced and are adapted for all ages. SkyeHouse has supplies and a huge collection of mosaic tiles for sale, and is open to the public for shopping. Or just drop by and explore the unusual mosaic environment. WHERE: 948 11th St., Arcata MORE INFO: 707-822-6677, LaurelSkye@sbcglobal.net, LaurelSkye.com

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Heart Bead

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They provide all the fun of a major league game but without the expense, and it comes with a big scoop of small-town charm on top. The Crabs play three or four games a week, and tickets for adults and kids are very reasonably priced. The low cost and fun can’t be beat — an exciting baseball game could be just what your family needs. The Humboldt Crabs are a very kid-friendly team. They also offer two different baseball camps for youngsters. The locals enjoy cheering the Crabs on, and you will love the opportunity to join in the fun. You won’t forget this rare bit of living, vintage Americana. WHERE: corner of Ninth and F Streets, Arcata MORE INFO: 707-826-2333, HumboldtCrabs.com

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Many different species of birds either permanently reside in Humboldt County, or migrate through the area on their way to warmer or colder climates. The area is doubly perfect for birding because it also contains an amazing amount of natural diversity. Within minutes, birds (bird-watchers) can travel from towering redwood forests to lush river valleys, over sticky mud flats and down to rugged ocean coastlines. All these different areas support a tremendously diverse bird population. A great way to view birds is at the Godwit Days Bird Migration Festival held at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Area in April. It’s your opportunity to join kindred spirits and observe these graceful waterfowl on their northbound journey. The Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Area is world-renowned for excellent bird-watching opportunities. At the peak of migration season, during the April festival, you can go out on the “Humboldt Big Day” and see as many as 110 species on a single outing. This is only one of almost a hundred field trips, lectures, workshops and boating excursions that take place throughout the festival. Experienced bird-watchers or anyone interested in learning about birds will find few events better suited for this activity than the Godwit Days Bird Migration Festival. MORE INFO: 707-826-7050, GodwitDays.org

Arcata Marsh, photo by Deborah Ketelsen, DKCreativeMedia.com

Performing Arts — Humboldt State brings big acts to campus, and everyone from the Juilliard String Quartet to B.B. King has performed there. Enjoy live performances in the campus’s three main performance halls: The Kate Buchanan Room, the Fulkerson Recital Hall and the Van Duzer Theatre. Catch a show or concert from the Department of Music, the Department of Theatre, Film & Dance, Center Arts or Associated Students Presents. MORE INFO: Performing Arts Ticket Office, 826-3928

photo by Kellie Jo Brown. Humboldt State University

Visual Arts — The Campus is home to the Reese Bullen Gallery, the Native American Arts Gallery, and several student access gallery spaces. Located within the Art Building, the Reese Bullen Gallery houses the University’s permanent collection of art and sponsors exhibitions of works by professional artists. The Native American Arts Gallery, located on campus in the Behavioral & Social Science Building, highlights the work of contemporary and traditional Native American artists. Student work appears annually in a juried show at the Reese Bullen, and throughout the year in multiple locations. MORE INFO: 826-3813, 826-5802 Sports — Redwood Bowl hosts the Lumberjacks football squad, which plays home games September through November. Lumberjack Arena is home to men’s and women’s Basketball from October through March. MORE INFO: HSU Lumberjacks Tickets, 707-826-3666, HSUJacks.com Environmental Sustainability at HSU — The Campus Center for Appropriate Technology, known as CCAT on campus, is one of America’s oldest student-run sustainabilitydemonstration houses. Volunteers are welcome to participate in volunteer Fridays and the center’s directors give community tours on a regular basis. MORE INFO: 707-826-3551

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The Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary

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The Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, a remarkable natural habitat and recreation area built around a cost-effective and environmentally sound wastewater treatment facility, is a great place to go hiking and birding. This 307-acre site is located along the Pacific Flyway, making it a popular destination for birders from all over the world. It is home or rest stop to over 300 species of birds or mammals, and home to over 100 species of plants. Critters who inhabit the marsh include river otters, gray foxes, bobcats, Pacific tree frogs, red-legged frogs and rough-skinned newts. The Arcata Marsh offers more than five miles of recreational trails for jogging, bicycling, hiking, bird-watching and leashed dog walking. The marsh received the Innovations in Government Award from the Ford Foundation/ Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Despite being a wastewater disposal system, the open-air lakes do not produce any smell and are a popular destination for visitors. It is an incredibly beautiful natural recreation area and is popular with local wildlife and landscape artists. Friends of the Arcata Marsh (FOAM) provide educational tours of the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary free of charge. Guided tours are given every Saturday at 2pm starting at the Interpretive Center. The Redwood Regional Audubon Society offers birdwatching tours every Saturday beginning at 8:30am from the Klopp Lake parking lot at the end of South I Street. WHERE: South G Street in Arcata MORE INFO: 707-826-2359, ArcataMarshFriends.org

For a magnificent, memorable beach and riverside experience, head straight to Mad River County Park. Here you can see wildlife in its natural habitat along the shores of the Mad River as it spills into the Pacific Ocean.

coastal dunes and grasses at Mad River County Park, photo by Denise Comiskey

Humboldt State University, Humboldt.edu

Get Outdoors — HSU offers everything you need for outdoor adventure through the campus’s Center Activities program. Offerings range from wilderness first responder training to kayak instruction. Don’t have your own gear? Center Activities rents everything you’ll need to get ready for your next outdoor adventure. MORE INFO: 707-826-3367, Humboldt.edu/centeractivities 76 Humboldt County • 101Things.com

Spanning many miles, the Mad River starts in Trinity County and winds through Six Rivers National Forest. Matthews Dam, approximately one-third of the way along the river, forms Ruth Lake. The Mad River finally empties into the Pacific Ocean after a long stretch of picturesque beach in McKinleyville. Harbor seals and sea lions can be seen sunbathing nearby. Numerous birds scurry along the water’s edge or take to the sky in search of a meal. A boat launch is available if you want to fish or explore the waters of the beautiful Humboldt coast. You can build a fire at night on the sand, roast hot dogs and marshmallows or just keep warm at the beach while hanging out with good friends. WHERE: Take the Janes Road exit off Hwy 101 north of Arcata. Head west, then turn right on Heindon Road, left on Miller Lane, and right on Mad River Road. The beach parking area is at the end of the road. MORE INFO: 707-445-7651 Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Arcata Skatepark

Skateboarders know: the Arcata Skatepark is a great spot to ride. If you’re not a skater, you’ll still love watching experienced riders hit the concrete and bust some big moves. The park has a nice eight-foot bowl that’s perfect for working on vertical moves. Two smaller bowls are connected by a snake run that lets you hit smaller air. Less experienced skaters will find that these little bowls and the surrounding ledges offer a chance to work up to the bigger one.

Humboldt Folklife Festival, photo by Janessa Johnsrude, DellArte.com

Activities in the Area photo by Anthony Welch

A small street course and a fun box beg you to try to connect some of your tricks and work up a little run of your own. At about 10,000 square ft. this park is neither too big nor too small, and is usually not terribly crowded. Better yet, there is no fee to use this public skatepark. So if you get the urge to shred, head to the Arcata Skatepark. You won’t be sorry. WHERE: 900 Sunset Ave., one block west of Hwy 101 MORE INFO: 707-822-7091

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Freshwater Park

Freshwater Park is only a couple of miles east of the beautiful little community of Freshwater, but steps decades back in time — back to the days of old-fashioned picnics and family gatherings, when a cool, clear freshwater swimming hole was the epitome of summer indulgence. Humboldt County Parks dams Freshwater Creek each year from mid-June to the weekend after Labor Day, creating the setting for the kind of summer swim experience that harkens back generations. In addition, the park offers day-use picnic tables, fire rings, public facilities and a 400-person group event area with gazebo for country weddings or other outdoor celebrations. The park is open from 10am to 8pm Memorial Day through Labor Day, and during the rest of the year when the park host is in attendance. Dogs are not permitted, and there is a $5 day use fee. WHERE: Take Hwy 101 to Indianola Road, turn right toward Eureka, take a left at Three Corners to Freshwater/Kneeland and head right through Freshwater. The park is about 1/8 mile past Steele Lane. MORE INFO: 707-445-7651, Co.Humboldt.ca.us/portal/living/county_parks/

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Also see Events & Festivals, pgs 12-13 • Dining, gaming and entertainment at the Blue Lake Casino • Live performances by Dell’Arte Players • Touring the Mad River Fish Hatchery • Fishing and boating the Mad River • Annual Folklife Festival

mural in Blue Lake, photo by Steve Hammons

Blue Lake Sunny Blue Lake, as the locals call it, is just a 5 mile drive east on Hwy 299 from Hwy 101 between McKinleyville and Arcata. Many visitors to Blue Lake are surprised to find no lake. In the 1860s, the lake for which the town is named was created by receding floodwaters from the Mad River, and for 50 years gave the place a resort atmosphere. A hotel was built on the shore by an early Blue Lake settler. People from the foggy coast made the trek to Blue Lake to enjoy the lake, the river fishing and warmer temperatures of summer. Changes in the course of the river in the 1920s caused the lake to disappear, but fishing, sunshine and the rural charm still draw people to Blue Lake to live and play.

Arcata Community Pool

During certain times of the year, the weather in Humboldt County doesn’t cooperate when you want to experience the wonderful outdoor activities the area has to offer. So, if the weather has put a damper on your plans but you still want to be active, head to the Arcata Community Pool and enjoy a day of swimming and sliding. It’s completely indoors, so the weather won’t interfere with your enjoyment. No matter what type of swimming activities you enjoy, you’ll have fun in this 25-yard-long pool. The pool’s deep end is perfect for jumping and diving. The pool boasts a 1 meter diving board, as well as a poolside basketball hoop. The shallow end is only between 2 to 4 ft. deep, so little ones can always have their feet firmly planted on the pool’s bottom. There are dedicated lap lanes. courtesy of Humboldt County Public Works The Arcata Swimming Pool even has a water slide, more than 120 ft. long, with two full 360-degree turns. Once you’ve worked out in the pool, hit the sauna or hot tub to relax. It’s a perfect finish to a great day of fun. Have a blast enjoying vacation-time thrills all year ’round. WHERE: 1150 16th St., Arcata MORE INFO: 707-822-6801, ArcataPool.com Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

at the Mad River Fish Hatchery, photo by Denise Comiskey

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel, operated by the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe, is a great place to find quality entertainment. Enjoy live music, slots and gaming tables, as well as gourmet and family dining, and a luxury hotel. Food, drink and entertainment can also be had at Blue Lake’s own Mad River Brewing Company, home of the legendary Steelhead Ale. Since 1975 Blue Lake has been home to the internationally known Dell’Arte Players Company and the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre. Dell’Arte performs locally, nationally and abroad, and theater students from all over the world train at the school. For a fascinating and educational experience, take one of the free hatchery tours offered during spawning season at the Mad River Fish Hatchery located at the end of Hatchery Road in Blue Lake. MORE INFO: SunnyBlueLake.com 101Things.com • Humboldt County 77


MODERN MEETS RURAL BEAUTY

McKinleyville

Moonstone Beach, photo by Denise Comiskey

Activities in the Area • Coastal Hammond Trail, hiking, biking, horseback riding • Hiller Park and Sports Complex, playground, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, trails • Azalea State Nature Reserve • Pierson Park • Clam Beach, Moonstone Beach, beachcombing, surfing

McKinleyville Arts Night Once a month on the third Friday

of each month, local businesses open their doors to art lovers and artists alike. Residents and visitors can browse among fine arts, crafts, jewelry and more made by local artists. McKinleyvilleArtsNight.com

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he town of McKinleyville sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean between the Mad and Little Rivers, with tree-covered mountains as a backdrop. The surrounding rural beauty only enhances what lies within. The town’s motto “Where the horses have the right of way,” gives a hint of McKinleyville residents’ leisurely attitude and enthusiasm for the outdoors. Dwellings vary from affordable apartments to stately ocean-view homes. The Eureka-Arcata Airport, which in fact is located in northern McKinleyville, serves as the air gateway to Humboldt County and home base for the Coast Guard’s Air Rescue Team. Downtown, thriving businesses line Central Avenue offering dining and commercial services. The McKinleyville Shopping Center includes a nice selection of shops and also features a 160-ft. tall totem pole, the tallest totem pole in the world carved from a single tree, and the second tallest carved from any number. In late May and early June the entire community turns out for Pony Express Days, a five-day celebration that includes parades, picnics, cook-offs, dancing and more. It’s been going strong for more than 45 years. On the third Friday of each month, McKinleyville Arts Night features the arts, music, food and fun. Venture through misty redwood groves or stroll along unspoiled sandy beaches. The hotel offers everything the business or leisure traveler needs for a comfortable visit.

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Tent Sites Available ~ Laundry Facilities ~ Hot Showers Free Wi-Fi ~ Service Station & Mini Mart Nearby 2 Nearby Creeks for Fishing, Wading or Exploring

1085 Murray Road, McKinleyville 6 mi north of Arcata, right off Hwy 101 for (707) 839-1137 call reservations

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Moonstone Beach is one of the most popular surfing spots in Humboldt County, and for good reason. In the summer, the ocean produces 3- to 5-ft. swells, often going to 20 ft. in the winter. A wide beach break provides ample room for surfers to ride, and this stretch of ocean is great for beginners and seasoned surfers alike. But Moonstone Beach is not just for surfers. A wide, pristine beach, towering redwoods, sheer 100-ft. cliffs and waves crashing against dozens of sea stacks make this a beautiful scenic spot for all visitors. You may see whales, dolphins, seals, cormorants, pelicans and ospreys. You can comb the beach for treasures, go fishing, climb the rocks, explore caves, ride a horse along the surf or play in the Little River where it enters the ocean. The view at this beach is considered one of the county’s most scenic. WHERE: north of McKinleyville off Hwy 101 at the Westhaven exit. Clam Beach offers something for everyone. Keep your eyes open for a spectacular array of wildlife, or comb the shoreline for lovely stones, shells and driftwood strewn along the fine gray-sand beach. There are excellent clamming opportunities, and the on-shore fishing is exceptional too; come out and cast a line to see for yourself. When the wind picks up, the broad, flat beach is perfect for kite flying. Overnight camping available. WHERE: 7.5 miles north of Arcata off Hwy 101 at the Clam Beach Park off-ramp. MORE INFO: Co.Humboldt.ca.us/portal/living/county_parks/

If you love gardens you’ll be absolutely delighted by Azalea State Nature Reserve, particularly in the spring when this park is in full bloom. The beauty and scent of these multi-colored trumpet-shaped blossoms is intoxicating. Azaleas, a type of rhododendron, are often referred to as “the royalty of the garden.” The western azalea, Rhododendron occidentale, thrives in Northern California. Azalea State Reserve offers hiking trails and a picnic area. A short self-guided nature trail will teach you about azaleas and other plants of the North Coast area. To fully enjoy these beautiful western azaleas, plan to visit in April or May when the blooms are at their peak. There is no entrance fee, and the reserve is open from sunrise to sunset daily, year-round. WHERE: 5 miles north of Arcata off Hwy 101. Take the McKinleyville Central Avenue exit and drive 2 miles east on North Bank Road (Hwy 200) to a left turn into the reserve. MORE INFO: search Azalea Reserve at www.parks.ca.gov Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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There are two distinct sections of the trail. The southern part is a 3-mile-long paved path stretching from the Mad River Bridge, through Hiller Park, to Widow White Creek in McKinleyville. It provides amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and the Mad River. The northern section of the trail is mostly paved and leads from North Letz Ave. to Clam Beach County Park. Here you can see spectacular vistas of the ocean and Trinidad Head from sea level or the high bluffs. There are also plenty of places to access the beach. WHERE: take the Hwy 101 Giuntoli Lane, exit 2 miles north of Arcata, then head west on Janes Road to Mad River Beach. Or, from the McKinleyville end, take the Murray or School Road exit. MORE INFO: 707-445-7651, TrailLink.com/trail/hammond-trail.aspx

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Hammond Coastal Trail is one of the best places to bike, hike, jog, or ride a horse in Humboldt County. Part of the California Coastal Trail, it is more than five miles long, stretching north from Arcata to Clam Beach County Park in McKinleyville. The trail lies along what was originally a railroad track built in the early 1900s for transporting redwood logs from the Little River area to the Hammond Lumber Mill on Samoa Spit. As a result of the railroad, the asphalt and crushed stone trail is quite level, which makes it an excellent place for several exercise options.

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Whether you’re a parent with kids, a nature-loving dog owner or just someone who enjoys a scenic walk, McKinleyville’s 48-acre Hiller Park and Sports Complex, next to the 75-acre McKinleyville Land Trust’s Mad River Bluffs, is well worth the visit. This regional park and sports complex has two nicely maintained Little League fields, one Babe Ruth field and a softball field…so grab your mitt and toss a few with the kids! Or recruit a team and join the Coed Wood Bat Softball League. The league is held from early August through September. The park also has two youth soccer fields, and two collegiate-size soccer fields for match play at all levels. There is also a playground area that consists of two separate age-specific areas. The tot lot is great for the littlest of park-goers, and older kids love to climb and slide on the bigger equipment. Adjacent to the park are plenty of tables for picnicking. Dogs are not permitted in the play area, but are welcome on the network of loop trails that crisscross the recreation area. Connect to the Hammond Trail, or take a walk through Mad River Bluffs natural area where there are four overlooks above the Mad River and a staircase down to the river bank. Signs along the trails help the nature walker choose a course. WHERE: 795 Hiller Rd., McKinleyville MORE INFO: 707-839-9003, McKinleyvilleCSD.com

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THE SEASIDE VILLAGE

Trinidad

photo by Jeanna Doty, 101 photo contest entry

Trinidad Art Nights! First Fridays, May through October TrinidadArtNights.com

Activities in the Area: Also see Events & Festivals, pgs 12-13 • Wine tasting at Moonstone Crossing • Cher-ae Heights Casino • Trinidad Museum, TrinidadMuseum.org • Patrick’s Point State Park • Trinidad State Beach • Beachcombing, agate hunting • Kayaking, boating • Fishing, whale-watching

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hether shrouded in mist or dazzling in sunshine, Trinidad is the crown jewel of the California North Coast. Its cool waters and rugged shoreline make the small village of Trinidad a favorite of visitors and locals alike. A peaceful hideaway perfect for fishing, beachcombing, hiking, kayaking, visiting art galleries, dining or just relaxing, Trinidad has a population of less than 400 in its incorporated city. The village is a noted artists’ colony. Its harbor is home to a small fleet of commercial fishermen, and charter boats are available at the Trinidad Pier for whalewatching or fishing. Also, anglers can drop a line right off the pier. Trinidad Cove, with its sheltered waters and awe-inspiring natural scenery, is a favorite among kayakers. The rocky coast is home to seals, sea lions, dozens of bird species and the occasional gray whale. Trinidad is graced by several prominent marine landmarks, most notably the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse, Humboldt State University’s Fred Telonicher Marine Laboratory, and the historic Trinidad Head Light. Just north of the dramatic promontory of Trinidad Head stretches the mile-long sandy expanse of Trinidad State Beach. A little further north, just off Hwy 101, visitors will find Patrick’s Point State Park. In fact, the spectacular Trinidad coast is home to ten public beaches altogether.

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Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse

Many people love to see the historical lighthouses that dot the coast of Northern California. One of these is the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse, a replica of the still functioning Trinidad Head Lighthouse that sits atop a cliff on nearby Trinidad Head. Many visitors, and even some locals, think that the memorial is the actual operational lighthouse. That one, however, is open to the public only once a year. Still, its original fog bell and Fresnel lens, both retired, are now part of the memorial. The Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse stands as a monument to those lost at sea. It is located in a little park overlooking the rocky coast below the town of Trinidad. After the memorial was established, the list of names of all the people lost at sea soon outgrew the small plaques placed there. More plaques have since been affixed to the retaining walls. Perhaps the best part of this lovely park and monument is the view. Rocks crop out of the foamy ocean, and many small fishing boats float amid them. Standing atop the beautiful bluffs with the salty sea breeze in your hair, you’re sure to create a vivid memory of this spectacular scene. If you’re there at noon, you’ll be privileged to hear the fog bell toll in memory of the lost sailors. WHERE: off Main Street at the end of Trinity Street, Trinidad Painting by Rick Gustafson

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Trinidad State Beach

One of the most popular and spectacular beaches in Humboldt County, Trinidad State Beach is a rock-strewn, mile-long expanse of sandy beach that stretches from Trinidad Head north to Elk Head. The southern portion of the beach is easily accessible from the parking lot located at the beach’s edge by Bay Street and Lighthouse Road, just off Edwards Street. Kid-friendly and dog-friendly, this section is perfect for building sand castles and splashing in the surf, or just plain relaxing. More adventurous visitors will find the trek down a long flight of rustic stairs from Elk Head Trail to College Cove at the beach’s northern end particularly rewarding, with dramatic views of the cove and Pewetole Island. The northern end of Trinidad State Beach is also home to small caves, a natural arch, and fantastic tide pools during low tide. At negative tides, visitors can walk out to Pewetole Island for a unique and rewarding experience. A third trail leads down to the middle of the beach from State Park Road, off Stagecoach Road. At the trailhead to that access point, visitors will find restrooms, parking, and a small picnic area with tables, stoves and an open field that lends itself nicely to frisbee-tossing. WHERE: Trinidad State Beach is a no-fee day use area located 19 miles north of Eureka, a short distance off Hwy 101. MORE INFO: 707-677-3570, search Trinidad State Beach, www.parks.ca.gov

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Luffenholz Beach

One of Humboldt County’s most exciting secret spots, Luffenholz Beach is a rocky cove with some of the best tide pools anywhere. It also offers a sandy beach, huge boulders, a year-round creek and stunning views of Trinidad Bay. Glorious on sunny days, dramatic when it storms, and hauntingly mysterious the rest of the time, it provides a unique experience each time you visit.

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Located on Scenic Drive between Trinidad and Westhaven-Moonstone, look for the small pull-off area where visitors can park. Nearby is a picnic table. About 200 ft. to the north is a steep staircase that goes down to the beach near Luffenholz Creek. Have fun exploring the shore, but keep an eye on the tide to avoid getting stranded if you venture too far out at low tide. West of the parking area is another set of stairs and a narrow footpath with strategically-placed handrails. They will take you to a wonderful vantage point above the beach with panoramic views that sweep from Trinidad Head in the north to Houda Point and Camel Rock in the south. Take care with children and dogs, however — there are a few spots with long drops, so keep everyone well away from the edge. WHERE: 2 miles south of Trinidad, just off Scenic Drive MORE INFO: Humboldt County Parks, 707-445-7651

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kayak fishing Trinidad, photo by Jason Self, PacificOutfitters.com

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Big Lagoon County Park

Big Lagoon is formed by a long sand spit that separates it from the Pacific Ocean. The spit is actually a continuation of Agate Beach, and a premier beachcombing location. Here the determined walker can find a profound solitude amid the elements, not to mention agates, jade, jasper, chalcedony and other wave-tumbled stones. Big Lagoon County Park is located at the south end of Big Lagoon. It offers 25 campsites, picnic tables, fire rings and flush toilets. Several of the campsites are right on the lagoon, offering increased privacy and great views. Camping is first come, first served, and dogs are permitted for a small extra fee. Firewood is usually available to be purchased from the camp host, and campers are permitted to gather driftwood to burn. For the daytime visitor there is a nominal day use fee. Big Lagoon is popular with kayakers and wind-surfers, and is a favorite fishing spot for cutthroat trout. The shore is easily accessible for small boat launching. WHERE: 7 miles north of Trinidad. Take Hwy 101 to Big Lagoon Park Road and follow the signs. MORE INFO: Humboldt County Parks, 707-445-7651 Co.Humboldt.ca.us/portal/living/county_parks/

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Tide-Pooling

Trinidad’s coastline is beautiful when viewed from the beach, but it’s even more impressive from the water as you paddle among seastacks and out into Trinidad Bay. As Trinidad Head juts out into the ocean it shelters the bay from incoming swells and waves, creating safe harbor for kayakers and recreational boaters. There are miles of gorgeous coastline to investigate in Trinidad Bay, along with plenty of wildlife. Gray whales, orcas and the occasional blue whale all migrate through this area, and a resident pod of humpback whales calls the Bay home; you may also see sea lions, seals, otters and an abundance of shorebirds. Kayak Zak’s is a local outfitter that offers tours of Trinidad Bay and Big Lagoon with expert guides. They host whale and bird migration trips, and provide kayak and equipment rentals, instruction and clinics. First-timers and seasoned veterans alike will enjoy their expeditions into these waters in search of wildlife and adventure. MORE INFO: 707-498-1130, KayakZak.com Pacific Outfitters offers classes and guided tours, and rents standup paddleboards, kayaks and canoes, everything needed to get out on the water or in the wilderness. MORE INFO: Arcata 707-822-0321, Eureka 443-6328, PacificOutfitters.com

The best time for tide-pooling is during spring tides (“spring” in the sense of “jump,” not the season), those that happen every two weeks when there is a full moon or a new moon and the gravitational effects of the moon and the sun complement each other. These have the highest high tides and the lowest low tides. Plan your trip to the tide pools for half an hour to an hour before the lowest tides. The best tide pools are found near the water during “minus” tides, those that are lower than the yearly average low tide. Tide tables can be purchased at local stores that stock fishing supplies, or checked online (a quick search will turn up dozens of online charts for any location). The intertidal zone, where tide pools occur, is often divided into the splash, high, mid and low zones. The best tide pools, by far, with the richest diversity of sea life, are found in the last of these. In the low zones, which are uncovered only during the lowest tides of the month, you may find any of hundreds or even thousands of different species including sea stars, small crabs, urchins and occasionally an octopus. Cautions: Wear long pants and shoes with soles that grip on wet rocks. Don’t let the incoming tide flood your return route to shore. Don’t turn your back to the ocean. Watch the waves, and don’t let a big one sneak up and sweep you off the rocks. Collect only memories — leave everything where you find it. Even the smallest shells will be used by young hermit crabs. Don’t collect tide-pool organisms. Respect their habitat and don’t carelessly flip over rocks in the pools. Tide pool flora and fauna are protected by strictly enforced laws to conserve them. Many are becoming rare. WHERE: In northern Humboldt excellent tide pools can be found on Trinidad State Beach just below College Cove, at Luffenholz Beach 2 miles south of Trinidad, and at Patrick’s Point State Park. Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Patrick’s Point State Park

Patrick’s Point State Park is located in the heart of Redwood Country. If you love to experience spectacular panoramas, rocky cliffs, great hiking trails and sandy beaches, you won’t want to pass up this wonderful opportunity. Six miles of scenic hiking trails thread through the park where acres of dense forest stretch over an ocean headland. Stroll under a canopy of spruce, hemlock, pine, fir and red alder trees. Wildflower meadows offer spectacular vistas. The Rim Trail, which follows an old Indian path over the park’s rocky promontories, provides views of the coast and serves as a great lookout for whale-watching. Popular activities here include strolling along the broad beaches and exploring tide pools, casting a fishing line, searching for driftwood, spotting whales and sea lions, and gazing at magnificent sunsets. Short, steep hikes will take you to the tops of Ceremonial Rock and Lookout Rock, while coastal hikes will take you to Wedding Rock and Patrick’s Point, offering breathtaking ocean vistas. History buffs will enjoy the re-created Yurok Village with its traditional Native American family houses, sweat lodge, changing houses, redwood canoe and dance house. There is also a native plant garden with species of local flora including seasonal flowers and berries to explore. Reservations are recommended for camping, 1-800-444-7275 or ReserveAmerica.com. There are also three group picnic areas. WHERE: 25 miles north of Eureka off Hwy 101 MORE INFO: 707-677-3570 or search for Patrick’s Point at www.parks.ca.gov

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Agate Beach

At Patrick’s Point State Park there are great trails, great views and Agate Beach, a wonderfully pebbly beach made for agate hunting. This beach is covered with wave-polished semi-precious stones. While not as valuable as precious stones, agates can still be used to make jewelry as well as projectile points, carvings, and various other items. If the long walk down to Agate Beach from the Patrick’s Point bluffs and back up again seems too much like work, there’s an easier alternate route: you can go to Big Lagoon and access the lower end of Agate Beach by walking there along the water’s edge from the Big Lagoon parking lot.

Wedding Rock at Patrick’s Point State Park, photo by Gregg Gardiner

Sounds of the Sea

RV Park & Cabins Where the Ocean Meets the Redwoods

3443 Patrick’s Point Dr. Trinidad, CA 95570 1-800-598-0600 or 707-677-3271 www.soundsofthesea.us

Gateway to the Redwood Parks

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If new to agate hunting, the first characteristic to look for is translucence. The quartz nature of agate allows light to penetrate a short distance into the surface, producing a soft glow. Along with shades of red, brown and orange, the translucent optical quality gives the agate its distinctive appearance. What most people particularly look for in agates are their patterns, such as the parallel or concentric lines called banding. Fortunately most beach agates have been wave-tumbled enough to expose their patterns. While agate hunting draws many beachcombers to the North Coast, chasing surf and skipping rocks seem to be irresistible pleasures for kids playing at this beach. Always be cautious when near the surf, for those beautiful waves can be dangerous, with sudden wave surges or “sneaker waves” that have been known to pull people out to sea. “Never turn your back to the ocean” is good advice for agate hunters. For best results in the hunt, look for agates where the waves have washed away much of the fine sand, exposing mostly pebbles. In a few hours, you can usually find a handful of beautiful agates in many varieties. For best results, time your activity to low tide. WHERE: At Patrick’s Point State Park, 6 miles north of Trinidad

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Sumeg Village

Today, members of the Yurok Tribe live in modern houses and have modern-day lifestyles. However, many of the nearly 5,000 enrolled members of California’s largest Indian Tribe also work to preserve the traditions of their heritage. Sumeg Village is one place where local Yuroks share their culture with the public. “Sumeg” is the place name of an old Yurok seasonal fishing camp that was located at Abalone Point on the ocean, within what is now Patrick’s Point State Park. The Yurok went there during the summer to fish and harvest mussels, as well as catch sea lions and other game. The reconstructed Sumeg Village is a living example of a centuries-old Yurok village. Built by Yurok people using traditional materials, the village consists of traditional family-style plank houses made of split redwood, an underground sweat house (much like a modern-day sauna), two redwood dugout canoes and a brush dance pit where ceremonial dances are performed. Adjacent to the village is a native plant garden, which has plants used by the Yuroks for medicinal and ceremonial purposes, as well as for weaving baskets and for food. You can tour the village for free daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Stop at the park’s Visitor Center for a schedule of special Yurok events, such as day-long dance ceremonies and the annual Sumeg Village Day, which celebrates the Yurok culture through traditional arts, crafts and storytelling. WHERE: At Patrick’s Point State Park, 6 miles north of Trinidad MORE INFO: 707-677-3570 or serarch for Patrick’s Point at www.parks.ca.gov

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Ocean View Lots

Stay in a 12-acre park where redwoods meet the sea

FREE Wi-Fi RV Park · Cabins · Campground Meeting/Reception Hall & Pavilion Groups & Caravans Welcome Gift Shop · Cable TV Trinidad Exit off Hwy. 101, 1/2 mi. north on Patrick’s Point Dr. 753 Patrick’s Point Drive • Trinidad 707-677-3554 • www.cabinsintheredwoods.com 101Things.com • Humboldt County 83


GATEWAY TO REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK

Bald Hills Road, Redwood National Park photo by Jeanna Doty, 101 photo contest entry

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Modern life can be stressful, with deadlines to meet, meals to prepare and dozens of things to do and no time to do them. Visit Redwood National and State Parks, and all that worry will be washed away! Take your time and enjoy all that these lovely parks have to offer, with so much to do for every member of the family. In addition to the world-famous soaring redwoods that grow to over 350 feet in height and live for more than 2,000 years, you will be able to enjoy more than 50 miles of paved and unpaved biking trails of varying difficulty, 41 miles of equestrian paths and more than 160 miles of excellent hiking trails for adventurous backpackers. These paths will take you among colorful wildflowers, grassy hills and wild oak woodlands as well as ancient redwood forests. Along 40 miles of rugged coastline you can see pounding surf, sea stacks and thrilling cliffs. World-class rivers run alongside and through the parks and are perfect for rafting, kayaking and even fishing. Ranger-guided programs are also available. Many birds and animals call this place home. These include, among many others, the red-tailed hawk, kestrel, great horned owl, gopher, meadow mouse, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, fox, elk, black-tailed deer, Roosevelt elk, goldfinch junco, quail and raven. Redwood National and State Parks will be closing the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway to motor vehicles from February through May of 2016 on the first Saturday of each month. Access to the Elk Prairie Campground and Visitor Center will remain open. People will be able to enjoy the parkway without the noise of cars and trucks, and have the opportunity to walk and bicycle on it. Dogs on a leash are welcome on the parkway, although they are not permitted on trails for the safety of pets and wildlife alike. WHERE: off Hwy 101, stretching from Trinidad in the south to Klamath Glen in the north. Visitor Centers are located throughout the parks near Crescent City, Hiouchi, Orick and along Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. MORE INFO: 707-464-6101, NPS.gov/redw

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Roosevelt Elk Viewing

The Roosevelt elk, named after former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, is the largest type of elk found in North America. At one time they were nearly extinct — by 1925 the California population had dropped to as few as 15. Thanks to successful conservation efforts, however, thousands of them now live along the coast from Humboldt County north to Vancouver Island in British Columbia. California’s Roosevelt elk population has rebounded to over 1,000. Visitors to northern Humboldt County are often amazed and delighted to discover that herds of wild Roosevelt elk can easily be observed grazing and resting not far from well-traveled roads. If you want to see them yourself, you just need to know where to go. In Humboldt County, the best place to find elk is in the southern part of Redwood National and State Parks. Three spots in particular provide exceptional RedwoodAdventures.com viewing opportunities: Elk Prairie — located along Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway south of the entrance to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Davison Road — you’ll find elk along either side of Davison Road, just west of Hwy 101 about 3 miles north of Orick. Gold Bluffs Beach — where you’ll find wild Roosevelt elk roaming up and down the beach. To get there just continue west on Davison Road to a 4-mile long unpaved road that will take you right to Gold Bluffs Beach. Elk are wild animals and can be dangerous, so do not get too close to them. They are best viewed through binoculars. If you want a closeup photo of them, you should use a telephoto lens rather than walking up to the animals. MORE INFO: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, 707-488-2039 or search www.parks.ca.gov; Thomas H Kuchel Visitor Center, 707-465-7765 Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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Humboldt Lagoons State Park

Agate hunting, bird-watching, beachcombing, boating and whale-watching are all popular outdoor activities for families along the North Coast. One of the best places to do all of these and more is Humboldt Lagoons State Park. In the early 1900s, Dry Lagoon was drained to make way for crops and dairy ranches. The effort proved uneconomical, and eventually Mother Nature reclaimed this natural marshland habitat, which supports a huge variety of bird and animal life. Today, both Dry Lagoon and Stone Lagoon make up the state park, which includes six miles of beach, hiking trails, a boat ramp and picnic areas. Many people come to the park to wander the beach, combing for agates and other treasures, as well as to watch migrating whales. You can bring your own boat to explore the lagoons or go fishing. Enjoy the picnic areas and many trails for the hiker, including three miles of Coastal Trail. Day use hours are sunrise to sunset year-round. There is no fee. WHERE: 40 miles north of Eureka on Hwy 101, 55 miles south of Crescent City. MORE INFO: 707-677-3570, search Humboldt Lagoons at www.parks.ca.gov

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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Prairie Creek, an unassuming waterway that enters the Pacific Ocean near Orick, is also the namesake of the 23-squaremile Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, a sanctuary of old-growth redwoods set aside in the early 1920s by the State of California and the Save-the-Redwoods League. The park has been designated a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve. The busy Visitor Center, located at the southern end of the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway and built next to Elk Prairie, is the starting point for several hiking trails suitable for all-day hikes or short, leisurely strolls. During your visit you’ll come across many different kinds of trees. You will almost certainly also spot some of the abundant wildlife, especially Roosevelt elk. Other resident species include deer, coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats and foxes, and more than 260 species of birds have been sighted here. There are also nearly 10 miles of beach to stroll along, as well as the amazing Fern Canyon to explore. The park hosts campgrounds and numerous picnic areas among the redwoods and on the beach, and is home to the beautiful Rotary Grove off Cal Barrow Road east from Newton B. Drury Parkway. WHERE: 50 miles north of Eureka off Hwy 101 on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. MORE INFO: 707-464-6101, search for Prairie Creek at www.parks.ca

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Amazing Fern Canyon

Fern Canyon lets you take a leisurely stroll, leave everything else behind and enter a magical world. This beautiful natural wonder is a one-mile-long box canyon, complete with the creek that carved it. Its walls, completely covered in five different varieties of fern, tower up to 80 feet above. Huge overhanging trees grow at the top of the ridge, allowing streams of light to peek through the branches. When the filtered light combines with the iridescently green vegetation, the canyon glows, creating an otherworldly atmosphere.

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Located 50 minutes north of Eureka and 45 minutes south of Crescent City, Orick serves as a gateway to Humboldt Lagoons State Park and the rivers of Redwood National and State Parks. When conditions are right, it is hard to decide which body of water to paddle. With a driving time of five minutes to one hour, you can reach three picturesque lagoons, several great surf beaches, the open ocean, protected harbors, mellow river runs and unbelievable whitewater. For those interested in kayaking, Kayak Zak’s, based in Orick, offers affordable and exciting rentals, tours and instruction. KayKayakZak.com aking is a wonderful sport because it allows anyone the chance to have fun on water. In a kayak paddlers can use all muscle groups without the threat of high-impact activity. Paddlers can take it easy or make it as aerobic and adrenaline-filled as they want. Kayak Zak’s staff is specially trained and experienced to take anyone kayaking. They also offer Adaptive Paddling, which involves adapting kayaks, paddles, gear and techniques for persons with disabilities, sports injuries, pre-existing conditions, or joint pain. MORE INFO: 707-498-1130, KayakZak.com

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Klamath River Jet Boat Tours

The Klamath River is known around the world. It is a beautiful, pristine river that runs from Altamont in Klamath County, Oregon, dips down into Humboldt County, and continues all the way to the Pacific Ocean near the town of Klamath in southern Del Norte County. You can enjoy this picturesque river from the comfortable seat of a jet boat. Just set out on a two-hour trip from Klamath’s estuary called “Rekwoi” and travel up the river, powered by twin jets. The round-trip tour is more than 45 miles. The captain and narrator will keep you spellbound with fascinating accounts of the Klamath River’s history, Native American culture and the area’s wildlife. You may even get the chance to see some of these creatures from the boat, such as bears feasting on berries and fish from the shore, ospreys, hawks and eagles nesting, or black-tail deer and elk wandering through the trees. People of all ages will enjoy the sights, and you will have opportunities to take incredible pictures. Tours are given between May and September, three times daily. Reservations are recommended, but drop-ins are welcome. Personalized and special group tours can be accommodated. WHERE: The Jet Boat Tour office is located at 17635 Hwy 101, 5 miles south of Trees of Mystery, just over the border into Del Norte County. MORE INFO: 800-887-JETS (5387), 707-482-7775, JetBoatTours.com

Reasons to stop in

Orick

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WHERE: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is 50 miles north of Eureka off Hwy 101 on Davison Road. Drive through Elk Meadow and onto a scenic 6-mile dirt road to Gold Bluffs Beach. Follow the beach for 3 miles to a parking lot. MORE INFO: 707 464-6101, search for Fern Canyon Prairie Creek at www.parks.ca.gov Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®

Kayak Trips

1. Best elk viewing, Elk Meadow (Hwy. 101 at Davison Rd.) 2. Cafes and picnics to go 3. Vacation rental homes and other lodging 4. Miles of world-class hiking trails 5. Ocean, river, creek and lagoons — fishing, kayaking, guided tours, bird-watching and picnicking 6. Shop for redwood gifts & furniture 7. Daily group horse rides through redwoods, reservations (866) 733-9637 8. Bring your own horse, camp at rodeo grounds, call (707) 488-2885 9. See our annual rodeo, 2nd weekend of July

Stop at Redwood National and State Park Visitor Center, Hwy. 101, just south of town for maps and information.

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TRINITY SCENIC BYWAY

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Willow Creek Sunshine, mountains, rivers and outdoor activities draw people to Willow Creek. Formerly a center for mining and logging operaphoto by Tracy McCormack tions, Willow Creek is now a center for summer recreation, retail business, and is a thriving retirement community. he inland mountain region of Humboldt County, much of it designated wilderness, The Trinity River is clear, clean and beautiful. It’s perfect for swimming, rafting, is rugged terrain drained by two important rivers, the Wild and Scenic Trinity River, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. There are stretches with calm swimming holes and the Klamath River, into which it flows. Access to the region is primarily via Hwy 299 and others with raging whitewater rapids. Local rafting companies offer guided whiteand Hwy 96. Traveling east from Arcata along Hwy 299, travelers pass the community of water trips for safe but thrilling rides, and the U.S. Forest Service can advise on quieter Blue Lake, followed by the town of Willow Creek some 40 miles further on. From Willow areas for wading and inner-tubing. Creek Hwy 96 runs north through rugged forested terrain, while Hwy 299 continues east past the craggy granite peaks of Trinity County, passing over and through the mountains that separate the Pacific Coast and its redwood forests from the interior of the state. Much of the way Hwy 299 runs right next to the Trinity River, as does Hwy 96 south of Weitchpec. From Weitchpec north, Hwy 96 follows the Klamath into Siskiyou County. Both routes afford spectacular views and memorable rest stops, as well as opportunities for exhilarating outdoor activities.

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Blue Lake Sunny Blue Lake, as the locals call it, is just a 5 mile drive east on Hwy 299 from Hwy 101 between McKinleyville and Arcata. This charming residential community, located just outside of the fog belt, is home to a bustling casino, an internationally famous school of theatre, a brewery and a fish hatchery. Go to page 77 to learn more. MORE INFO: SunnyBlueLake.com

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A magnet for rafters and kayakers of all ages and skill levels, the Trinity River literally offers something for everyone, and people are drawn here from around the world to experience its wonders. The water is crystal-clear, the scenery is spectacular, and the available whitewater options range from beginner-friendly runs to extremely dangerous rapids suitable for experts only. Along the way you are likely to see deer or bear feeding along the shore, or a bald eagle soaring gracefully overhead. Beginners and families with children will want to try the mellow Class II wilderness run of the Lower Trinity. Put in at Hawkins Bar and take out at Willow Creek for a delightful 14-mile run. The wildly popular intermediate (Class II+ to III+) Pigeon Point Run begins near the Pigeon Point campground just downriver from the North Fork of the Trinity, and ends at Cedar Flat, a run of about 25 miles. With multiple excellent put in and take out points along the way, rafters and kayakers can tailor their runs to their tastes, but they are strongly warned not to go beyond Cedar Flat. At that point the treacherous Burnt Ranch Gorge Run begins, 9 miles of Class IV and Class V rapids that stretch from Cedar Flat to Hawkin’s Bar, and which should only be attempted by teams of experts at optimal water flow and only after extensive scouting. Many well-qualified outfitters along Hwy 299 offer guided rafting and kayaking excursions, as well as rentals. Look for them in Willow Creek, Del Loma, Big Bar and Big Flat. MORE INFO: VisitTrinity.com/explore/whitewater-rafting, CaliforniaWhitewater.com/rivers/trinity, Weaverville Ranger Station, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, 530-623-2121

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The Trinity River watershed is an “Angler’s Paradise” offering four seasons of world-class fishing. Along with its feeder streams, the Trinity River provides more than 1,500 miles of fishable waters that start high in the mountains of the Trinity Alps. The fly-fishing is legendary. Chinook salmon, coho salmon and steelhead are the local superstars, but there are 11 different species of game fish to be caught including black bass, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout and catfish. MORE INFO: VisitTrinityCounty.com

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Trinity County: Salyer to Buckhorn Summit Trinity County, one of California’s original 27 counties, was established in 1850. At that time it stretched all the way to the coast and north to the Oregon border. Today there are 58 counties. All of Humboldt County and Del Norte County, and a big chunk of Siskiyou County, were carved out of the original Trinity County. The Trinity River Basin grew from its early Gold Rush days into a vibrant recreation area. Camping, kayaking, rafting, fishing and hiking are among the favorite activities of the area. Visitors can enjoy outdoor activities by driving along Hwy 299 and checking out towns and turnouts along the way. The highway runs right across the county from Salyer, at the western end of Trinity County, to Buckhorn Summit at its eastern end. Most of the way Hwy 299 runs alongside the Trinity River, and throughout its length it offers spectacular views of natural beauty: snow-covered peaks, dense forest and the ever-changing face of the Trinity River from the deep gorges and rapids of Burnt Ranch to the more family-friendly waters upriver. Del Loma, Big Bar, Big Flat and Junction City, all situated right on the river, offer a wide variety of amenities from raft and kayak rentals and guided expeditions to campgrounds, resort lodgings and restaurants. Opportunities for satisfying fresh air vaca-

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Whitewater rafting down the Klamath River is an exhilarating, heart-pounding adventure. It’s as easy as climbing into an inflatable raft guided by an experienced whitewater rafter and heading down the river for the ride of your life. This huge river stretches from Klamath Falls in Oregon to the Pacific Ocean near the town of Klamath in southern Del Norte County. It runs through three counties in Oregon and five in California along the way, including Humboldt.

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icturesque Hwy 96 is home to the secluded towns of Hoopa, Orleans, Somes Bar and Happy Camp. The highway meanders north from Willow Creek and passes through the Hoopa Valley Reservation, the largest Indian reservation in California. Attractions at the reservation include the Hoopa Tribal Museum, Lucky Bear Casino and ancient Indian villages that date back 10,000 years. The first section of the highway follows along the Trinity River, and travelers pass the popular river beach at Tish Tang. The water is cool and inviting on a hot day, but the current can be strong and dangerous. Approximately 20 minutes from Willow Creek is Hoopa Valley, the contemporary and ancestral home of the Hoopa people. In the valley, travelers will find lodging, restaurants, groceries and many other amenities they might require. Further along Hwy 96 is the pleasant community of Orleans. Orleans is situated along the Klamath River and borders the Six Rivers and Klamath National Forests. The Orleans Ranger Station has information on the nearby Marble Mountains, Trinity Alps and Siskiyou Wilderness areas. The region has scores of high country lakes and miles of remote trails. Wildlife is abundant and it’s not unusual to see otters, geese, ospreys, bears and, if you’re lucky, a bald eagle. More than 300 species of birds inhabit the area. Orleans has a surprising number of services for its size, including restaurants, motels, a museum, gas station, deli, laundromat, grocery store, RV parks and more. About 10 miles north of Orleans is the hamlet of Somes Bar, where the astonishingly clean and beautiful Salmon River — sometimes called the Cal-Salmon to distinguish it from the Salmon River in Idaho — meets the Klamath. Somes Bar is just over the line into Siskiyou County. Oak Bottom Campground offers services in the area along a calm stretch of the river. A narrow, curvy road leads up river to class 4 and 5 rapids, which should be run only by experts. Somes Bar has groceries, propane, gasoline and a post office available. Further north is Happy Camp, named by a party of gold-seekers who camped on the beach at Indian Creek in 1851. The area is the ancestral homeland of the Karuk tribe. Today the tribe continues its culture and lifestyle there. 88 Humboldt County • 101Things.com

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Rafting trips can take place on the upper and lower portions of the river for a wider range of difficulty. The upper portion, known for its long rapids, is classified 3 and 4, based on the International Rating Scale of 1-6, class 1 being easygoing and 6 considered generally impossible to raft. This section is one of the nationally protected Wild and Scenic rivers, and usually the only “big water” river that can be found in the area from late June through October. The lower Klamath is more relaxing, providing mild to moderate trips. There are many businesses in the area that can take you down either section of the river. Trips vary from an afternoon to several days, where you will camp along the shore under the stars. MORE INFO: Klamath-River.com

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Thousands of years before the first Europeans reached the coast of California, Native Americans lived a rich and cultured life in the area now known as Humboldt County. Today their fascinating history is preserved and exhibited at the Hoopa Tribal Museum. This tremendous collection displays the heritage of the Yurok, Hoopa and Karuk tribes that once dominated the area. You will be amazed at the masterful craftsmanship that these people displayed in their basketry. These wonderful artifacts are so well crafted that they’ve lasted for hundreds of years. Check out the redwood dugout canoes made from halves of redwood tree sections, split lengthwise and hollowed out to create naturally constructed canoes. Also, be sure to see the many hand tools that were used by the tribesmen to create the many artifacts on exhibit. What makes the Tribal Museum even more special is the fact that it is a “living museum.” Nearly all the artifacts that it houses are on temporary loan from Native Americans who use them for the many unique rituals and ceremonies that are still a part of their lives. WHERE: on Hwy 96 in the Hoopa Shopping Center MORE INFO: 530-625-4110 and on Facebook Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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eading inland from Humboldt County’s dramatic coast and forested mountains, travelers will encounter a rugged and beautiful playground — the Shasta Cascade Region. The eight northern-most California inland counties are a land of stunning snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes, and natural wonders. They are home to modern cities, vibrant small towns and charming villages. Most of all, the Shasta Cascade is an unparalleled recreational destination. Whether your plans include water skiing, fishing, houseboating, hiking, playing in the snow or just relaxing away from it all, the Shasta Cascade has something for everyone. The region offers year-round opportunities m for play, from the golden days of summer to 101Things.co the alpine wonderlands of its winters. Within an area smaller than the state of South Carolina are seven national forests and eight national and state parks. It is a broad expanse bursting with things to see and do.

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The Shasta Cascade region is served from north to south by I-5. Smaller routes traverse the area from west to east and include Hwys 299, 96, 36, 44 and 70, among others. The roads are mostly two-lane and provide incredible scenic views. Major rivers in the area include the Sacramento, Klamath, Trinity, Feather and McCloud. These waterways provide excitement for anglers, whitewater rafters and kayakers. The region’s lakes and reservoirs offer yet more fun on the water. The dominant body of water in the region is Shasta Lake, a reservoir with 365 miles of shoreline created by the Shasta Dam. As large as it is, the size of Shasta Lake pales when compared to Mt. Shasta. The mountain seems impossibly massive. At 14,179 ft., its peak appears almost too lofty to be of this world. The mountain attracts hikers, skiers and campers who who are drawn irresistibly to its slopes, and serious mountaineers who strive to conquer its summit. Mount Shasta is part of the Cascade Range, which runs diagonally through the region. Southeast of Mt. Shasta is Lassen Volcanic National Park, with 106,000 acres of volcanic terrain. Features such as boiling mud pots, steaming ground, roaring fumaroles, and sulfurous gases are viewable throughout the area. Nowhere else in the Cascade Range of volcanoes can such an array of hydrothermal features be seen. The park also features thick forests, clear streams and wildflower-matted Visit the west’s newest National meadows. Just south is Lava Beds Natural Landmark National Monument, where visitors can view miles of hardened molten rock flow, lava tubes and caves created by sudden cooling. Travelers will also enjoy Lake Shasta Caverns, which are 19 miles north of Redding and feature a 2-hour guided tour after a boat ride across the lake. These are only a few of the many, many attractions in the Shasta CasCave into your curiosity cade region.

alifornia’s northernmost coastal county, Del Norte, contains miles of unspoiled beaches and rivers famous for salmon and steelhead. Most of the communities in the county are situated along coastal Hwy 101. Del Norte County is located roughly halfway between San Francisco and Portland via Hwy 101, Hwy 199 and I-5. Towering redwood forests can be seen there in Redwood National Park, Jedediah Smith State Park and Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. The town of Klamath is the southernmost in Del Norte County. It is a favorite getaway for campers, hikers, boaters and fishermen. Klamath River Jet Boat Tours, one of the area’s most popular attractions, takes people on exciting, scenic trips down the Klamath River aboard continued next page

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continued from previous page their jet propelled boats. Another popular attraction, Trees of Mystery, offers tours through a pristine redwood forest. Its Skytram takes visitors on an aerial tour through the lofty canopy of an ancient redwood grove. Klamath’s newest attraction is the beautiful Redwood Hotel Casino. Crescent City is the county seat and Del Norte’s largest city. The Redwood National and State Parks Visitor Center is located at 1111 Second St. Attractions include Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City Harbor, scenic drives, public fishing piers, a museum and the Elk Valley Casino. The city also has a wide variety of stores, restaurants, RV parks and lodging facilities. Nearby the majestic Smith River flows to the ocean and offers a number of recreational activities, including rafting, inner tubing, kayaking, fishing and more.

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When in the Crescent City area, tour Ocean World for an exciting family adventure. This is one of the best privately-owned small aquariums in the United States. It has an abundance of marine life including sharks, seals, sea lions, rays and wolf eels, and features shark petting, an interactive tide pool and high-flying sea lion performances. The Northcoast Marine Mammal Center is located in Crescent City’s Beachfront Park. The center is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of stranded, sick or injured seals, sea lions, dolphins, porpoises and whales along the northernmost coast of California. Traveling north from Crescent City you‘ll come to the tiny agricultural community of Smith River, where the river of that name enters the Pacific. Continue further north, and you will find yourself in Oregon. Please say you saw it in 101 Things To Do ®


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The Southern Oregon coast offers visitors dazzling ocean vistas and lush green forests, sand dunes and sea lions, water sports and sailing adventures. Inland Southern Oregon offers warmer summertime temperatures, wintertime skiing, white water excitement, wineries and Shakespeare performances. From beautiful coastal communities like Gold Beach, Brookings Harbor and Florence to the inland cities of Ashland and Medford, to the gorgeous Willamette Valley and everything in between, Oregon is a paradise. Whether you prefer river rafting, shopping, taking chances or taking it easy, there’s an adventure in Oregon for you. Take a jet boat ride on the Rogue River with Jerry’s Rogue Jets in Gold Beach. Glide over the water past enormous rock cliffs, viewing diverse plant and animal life. At the crossroads of Hwy 101 and County Road 595 in Gold Beach, many travelers zipping along don’t realize what making that turnoff could mean for them. County 595 becomes Agness Road after about 20 miles, and leads to the small town of its namesake, Agness. The world famous Rogue River runs right through the center of town. Located where the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River area and the Illinois Wild and Scenic River area connect, the 35-mile drive is slow-going, but full of beauty. Travelers can stop many times along the way. Historic Lucas Lodge, Singing Springs Resort and Cougar Lane continued next page

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continued from previous page Lodge in Agness all offer Rogue River visitors hospitality, fine food, tranquil overnight accommodations and an escape from the hustle and grind of everyday life. Along Hwy 101, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area spans three counties. Beginning near North Bend and extending more than 40 miles north to Florence, this area of gigantic sand dunes extends as far as 3 miles inland in some places. A series of inland freshwater lakes, created when the dunes dammed up small streams, provide excellent places to fish, sail or swim. There are national, state, county and private campgrounds throughout the area. While in the Florence area spend some time exploring Sea Lion Caves. This cave is the world’s largest sea cave, with a height of over 12 stories, and the length of a football field. Sea lions regularly gather in the cave during the fall and winter months, but spend time in and around the cave all year round living, breeding and raising their young. An elevator takes visitors down 208 ft. into the heart of the cave to see these fun-loving creatures in their natural habitat. Whatever direction you choose to go in Southern Oregon, hiking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, fishing and spectacular natural beauty await you.

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has grown to become the financial, business, medical and service center of Mendocino, Lake, northern Sonoma and southern Humboldt counties. It combines the convenience of a larger city with the charm of semi-rural Northern California. Lake Mendocino is located on Hwy 20 east of Hwy 101, about 5 miles north of Ukiah,. The lake is a great place for fishing, camping, wake boarding, water skiing and jet skiing. At the southern end of Mendocino County sits the town of Hopland. Although only a few blocks long, Hopland packs a lot into its short length including winery tasting rooms in town and just outside of town. The area is also home to world-class vineyards and wineries. Coastal Mendocino is cool, breezy and dotted with picturesque villages. Offering spectacular views of the Pacific coast and fabled romantic settings, during the summer it offers welcome relief from the sometimes torrid temperatures inland. In southern coastal Mendocino you’ll find the towns of Gualala and Point Arena. 707-882-2375 Both have exceptional accommodations Res. 800-562-4188 and restaurants for relaxed vacationing. Further north, after passing through the tiny hamlets of Elk and Manchester, travelers will encounter the most popular and populous section of the Mendocino coast, from the town of Albion through the towns of Little River, Mendocino and Fort Bragg. RV Sites • Lodges • Kabins & Kottages The area is rich with hiking, diving and Tent Sites • Swimming Pool & Hot Tub many other recreational possibilities. Fort Limited Free Wi-Fi • Rec. Hall w/ Kitchen Bragg is home to the famous Skunk Train, the historical logging railroad that now Gift & Convenience Store takes travelers from a nearby coastal estuBocce, Disc Golf, Volleyball, Hay Rides ary, through the redwood-lined Noyo River manchesterbeachkoa.com Canyon, and up and over the Coastal Mountain Range to Willits.

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endocino County, Humboldt County’s neighbor to the south, is a mix of dramatic coastline, colorful vineyards and rolling hills. Two main arteries, Hwy 101 inland and Hwy 1 along the coast, serve the county. Heading south along Hwy 101 from Humboldt County, the first community you’ll encounter is Piercy, situated just past the entrance to Richardson Grove State Park. Be sure to stop at Thunderbird Mountain Trading Company there, with its large collection of Indian jewelry, moccasins and other colorful and fascinating Native Americanm o .c crafted items. s g in h 101T South of Piercy you’ll encounter Leggett, where Hwy 1 splits off from Hwy 101 and heads to the coast. The former logging town attracts campers and travelers during the summer months, and hordes of fishermen in the late fall when salmon swim upstream to spawn. Leggett’s Drive-Thru Tree Park features the Chandelier Tree as the centerpiece of 200 acres of preserved virgin redwood forest. Nearby Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area offers camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing and swimming in the south fork of the Eel River. Also in Leggett is The Peg House, the perfect pit-stop where you will find a full service deli, awesome burgers, espresso drinks, treats and groceries. For a quirky, fun experience don’t miss Confusion Hill, where seeing is believing — or not. Next along 101 is Laytonville, set in the beautiful Long Valley, a level shelf 12 miles long and 3 miles wide, and surrounded by wooded hills. Two forks of the Eel River are close to Laytonville and provide excellent salmon, steelhead and trout fishing. The town has most of the services required by travelers, including restaurants, gas, grocery stores, motels and the Red Fox Casino. Willits, south of Laytonville, features excellent retail stores, restaurants, lodging, and other businesses. It’s also home to the Willits depot of Mendocino County’s famous Skunk Train, a restored 19th century train that will take you on a 40-mile sightseeing adventure through scenic mountain meadows and majestic redwood forests to the coast. Below Willits you’ll find Ukiah, the Mendocino County seat and its largest city. Ukiah

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101 Things to Do in Humboldt 2016  

Your activities and exploration guide for residents and visitors of Humboldt County.

101 Things to Do in Humboldt 2016  

Your activities and exploration guide for residents and visitors of Humboldt County.