We Found It!

Trip Start Jul 23, 2013
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Trip End May 31, 2014


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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Eureka!  We found summer at long last in beautiful Eureka by the bay.  We also found something else we hadn't seen since we left the San Juan Islands.

It was another long motor in and out of the fog on the way here from Crescent City.  By the time we arrived the sun was out and remained so for our entire stay.  Summer at long last.  We stayed across the channel from Eureka proper at the Woodley Island Marina.  What a beautiful spot.  The people running the place were as friendly and as helpful as could be. 

The City of Eureka has installed quite a few displays both historical and informational along their waterfront path.  Their statue of a watermen is a tribute to those lost at sea and is quite large and very impressive.  At most of our stops there has been a monument of one sort or another honoring the local men and women lost at sea.  They are sobering reminders to us.  The sea can indeed be a tough and unforgiving task master.

We stayed several days in order to better experience and enjoy the area.  Eureka like so many small towns has lost much of its prior economic mainstays.  Like many of those other towns it's working to improve its image and to attract tourist dollars.  To that end they have reinvented the waterfront area.  They are changing it from one of aging warehouses and decrepit wharfs to a beautiful boardwalk.

The boardwalk has all kinds of very cool sculptures and informational posters.  One of the unique fixtures is the "Madaket" the oldest passenger carrying vessel in the US.  She still takes passengers on tours of the area.  They are still working on the waterfront and are just getting started so the businesses are just beginning to relocate here.  In a few years this will be an even more special place to visit.  They also have several impressive murals as you can see in the pictures.

The other thing that we noticed when we arrived, besides the sun, was the number of recreational sailboats.  Everywhere we have been the marinas so far have been full of commercial fishing boats and smaller recreational fishing boats.  Here and there we have seen a sailboat or two.  Most were in pretty tough shape with lots of green stuff growing all over.  Here there were lots of sailing boats and nearly all were in great condition.  We even saw a sailboat race one evening with eight or ten boats vying for position over one another.  What a pretty sight.

Seeing these sailboats signaled a new chapter in our journey.  One where folks go to sea purely for the joy and challenge of being out there.  What a concept!



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