Long way to go for a water purification system.

Trip Start Nov 11, 2004
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Trip End Dec 02, 2004


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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Going through the pass was a bit wet and sloppy but coming down the other side was okay.  Passed through a little town called O'Brien, which was celebrating its harvest in farmerly fashion.  It had a very interesting antique store and Gallery at which there did not seem to be anyone working. 


I reached Crescent City about an hour later and recalled being here in about 1965.  Apparently offshore geography makes it unusually susceptible to tsunamis and much of the city was destroyed by one generated by the Good Friday Earthquake off Anchorage, Alaska in 1964.  It was still a bit of a mess the year afterwards.

Carrying on down highway 101 (which I would follow as much as possible to Santa Monica), I came across one of my favorite tourist trap-y attractions.  The Trees of Mystery (are shrouded in history we kids used to add)  The property contains a number of unique tree formations, hence its name. It also contains a HUGE statue of Paul Bunyan and his Big Ox Babe. 





A bit further down the road, I stopped for a bit in Eureka for a look around.  The city was a major player in the historic west coast lumber trade and is the site of hundreds of significant Victorian homes, including the nationally recognized Carson Mansion, situated at the head of its Old Town Historic District. 
 



I also found a rather amusing cat mural which I could not help but take a photo of. 






I finally reached my destination for the night - Fortuna, California.  Now, some may ask why there?  This entails a bit of a story.  Earlier in the year, I'd gone hiking in the alpine with Californian friends of mine.  They had a wonderful water purification system called "First Need" and they ordered it from a company in Fortuna called C. Crane Company. http://www.ccrane.com/  They primarily offer radio and electronics things but also had these great water purification systems (First Need Deluxe Portable Water Purifier).  So, since I was heading down to California, and Fortuna was on my highway 101 route, I stopped in and bought one.  They no longer sell them but I think they are a super place to buy all kinds of things electronic and still get their catalogue.

I stayed at the Super 8 in Fortuna and while it was not sumptuous, it filled my needs.

It just so happened that the Eel River micro brewery http://eelriverbrewing.com/ was just a step away so I stepped away and had a lovely experience there.  They bill themselves as the the "first ever fully certified organic brewery in the United States".  They brew good beer!

And they cook good food as well - from the farm to the sea and everywhere in between.  I believe it is all locally produced.  per their website "You’ll also find an unbeatable list of sandwiches, salads, beverages, desserts and appetizers at the ERB Taproom and Grill. Try pan-fried oysters, shrimp cocktails, beer battered onion rings or traditional Buffalo wings in your choice of sauces."

It is served in a sort of a galley or long hall type of arrangement and the noise level is about what you'd expect of a brew pub - happy and noisy. per their website " You can find historic memorabilia and photographs lining the walls along with flat screen TVs so that you can enjoy great food and beer and get a feel for the history of Humboldt County all without missing that important game. The focal point of Eel River Brewing Company's Taproom & Grill is the 30-foot long bar made entirely from recovered historic Redwood and Douglas Fir".  Lots of fun.  

I staggered back to my hotel well filled and sleepy.  
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