Arcata

Trip Start Apr 05, 2008
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Trip End Mar 20, 2009


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Monday, May 12, 2008

This is one interesting town, at night I wasn't sure if people were homeless and scary or just fun loving hippies (turns out the latter is true).  This university town is perfect if you are afraid of hairdressers as no-one seems to pay mind to their hair so even beards are trendy in this place.  We stayed slightly out of town as the Lonely Planet's recommendations stated that places in town were noisy....mmm would like to see if that was the case even in the height of summer.  After navigating our way round all the one way streets to the main square we went in search of somewhere for dinner.  This is still a place where Sunday night dining is obviously best done at home.  We managed to find a sushi restaurant, Tomo's, who were doing a roaring trade.  The sushi was very organic, vegan orientated (okay yes I mean geared to hippies) but was edible and fresh.  The next morning we headed back into town for breakfast and stopped at the Biro Cafe which was awesome.  All of the food was fresh and baked on-site, the orange juice all hand squeezed (I even noted down the muesli ingredients so I can try to re-create this back home).  People were nothing but friendly in this town and in a couple of weeks if I've not found a hairdresser I may consider returning as I could start to feel very comfortable there.  We headed to Ferndale a town so picturesque that it's listed as a state and federal historic site.  Thanks to my fantastic navigational skills we took the long and arduous scenic route of the Lost Coast (supposed to allow 3 hours for this winding road) to the Avenue of the Giants (I thought we had missed the Lost Coast drive).  The Redwoods were incredible, you really did feel as if you were amongst giants.  The biggest Redwood recorded to date is 370ft tall.  We enjoyed a picnic on the river amongst these stunning trees before one final drive-thru tree photo op.  Thanks to the extended drive we almost ran out of gas so were happy to find a gas station just in time in Leggett before continuing onto our welcomed final stop for the day, Mendocino.
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