My Wednesday was not quite over when I left the Lost Coast behind. There is nothing “lost” about Eureka, the northernmost commercial hub on the California coast. It is a rather bustling port, with a solid maritime past.
Above is a logging display, on the grounds of Fort Humboldt, which the U.S. Government established to keep peace between Gold Rush-era settlers and the Yurok people. It is now a sparsely furnished state park.
Downtown Eureka is full of solid, late-19th Century buildings, and several which are not up to modern earthquake-proof standards, and are identified as such on their frontage.
Eureka has a promenade and marina, where the community may gather. Life seems pretty good here now, after a long economic downturn. Crescent City, some fifty miles to the north, also is bouncing back, but from a tsunami a year or two ago. Fog kept me from seeing very much of Crescent.
In between the two, lies Redwood National Park, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The redwoods here are younger than those in Humboldt State Park, which I featured in Part 1 of this post. They have a different species of elk, called Roosevelt Elk. Two Roosevelt Elk were happily feeding, as I stopped for a traffic light just shy of Crescent City.
The fog and I continued on my way to Brookings, OR, where I spent a restful night. Day 8 was to be equally as fulfilling.