spent great night at Albion River Inn. The food is great
and we spent some time talking to the ARI owner about Irish
Whiskey and he even let us sample his bottle of Middleton's Very
Rare whiskey. After ARI, we headed north on SR-1 toward
our final destination for this segment: Grants Pass, OR.
The photos below are what we saw.
is a place that we have stayed many times and every time has
ARI we headed north to Ft. Bragg where we saw some of the local
tourists. These folks were checking out the sights.
On her, the swelling around the ankles indicate congestive heart
failure. On him, the sores on his legs indicate who-knows-what.
But, in both cases, the future is rather grim. And for the
rest of us, we will be paying for their health care in their
downtown Ft. Bragg, the Guest House Museum was available for
the museum there were logging artifacts. This "big wheel"
was used to drag logs through the forest.
center hub of the big wheel was rather complex.
upper part of the big wheel had rollers for the winch cables.
early days of logging, they built log railways to ease the
friction due to dragging the logs. Note the circular
profile of the wheels which were designed to roll on raw logs.
center of Ft. Bragg there is a train station for the "Skunk
Train" which was a steam train. But, in reality the actual
train is diesel.
the Skunk Train station was a very extensive model railroad
model railroad museum was really detailed and the biggest one
that we have seen.
out the detail on this scene with the gravity-driven log crane.
the diesel locomotive that pulls the Skunk Train.
of the Guest House Museum was a section from a huge redwood
tree. The tree was 1700+ years old when logged.
plaque for the tree.
Ft. Bragg is this wooden trestle railroad bridge.
furthest north point of SR-1 at the coast, there is a nice bay
with many rock outcroppings.
traveled north on SR-1 and we passed many slumps that were due
to unstable geology. This part of California and Southern
Oregon suffers from many slumps and eventually a large slide
will isolate huge sections of the countryside.
scoped out the area via Google Maps and I selected the Samoa
Recreation area that was right on the bay next to Arcata.
Our campsite was right on the water. The view above was
from our campsite.
Arcata we traveled north on US-101 and then east on SR-299 and
north on SR-93.
Happy Camp we encountered a roadblock due to a fire in
progress. There was plenty of equipment on the job.
The pilot car was needed to escort us past the equipment.
places the fire came right down to the road.
team was on the opposite side of the highway in case the fire
jumped the highway.
quality was terrible. Choking smoke covered the whole area
for at least 30 miles.
further north on the highway and closer to Happy Camp we came to
another burn in progress. The good news, if one could find
good news in something like this, was that the wind was calm.
arrived in Grants Pass, Or and spent the night with a Unimog
friend Mark. The following day he suggested that we take
the boat tour on the Rogue River. It sounded like fun so
away we went. The photo above is the line to board the
boat. This was a very popular attraction in Grants Pass.
provider had built custom jet boats powered by 3 pumped-up V8
boats were custom, aluminum hulled crafts with a stand-up pilot
high-rent district in Grants Pass is on the river. Some of
the river-front properties had nice decks.
of the river-front houses had nice landscaped grounds.
The local power
company provided a deck on their poles that was occupied with
an osprey nest. A breeding pair of osprey will return to
the same nest year after year.
In this area, the
local sheriff has a boat patrol.
Further down river we
encountered a doe and her fawn that were swimming across the
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