After leaving Crater Lake and one uneventful night in nearby Klamath Falls, we headed south into California and spent three nights in the Crescent City, primarily to see the coastal redwoods. They were AMAZING! But first, just a few photos from the city itself.
We stayed in a nice Quality Inns & Suites very near the shore. A short walk away, we had great views of the harbor and the historic Battery Point Lighthouse, which was first lit in 1856.
The harbor itself was very pretty and resonated with the sound of sea lions barking. When the wind was right, you could hear them all the way to our hotel.
I have read that they are stinky, ornery, and a real nuisance to boaters in certain marinas, but I thought they were awfully cute. I love this one swimming along, looking at us.
There's a Pacific beach on the far side of the rocks that looks inviting, but there are signs up stating that the rip currents are dangerous and warning people against swimming. It was a bit too nippy and windy for us to have any notions of doing that anyway on our late September visit.
There's some interesting art scattered around the harbor.
Of course we had to try a couple of restaurants while we were in town. After taking a Subway sub back to our room (a budget-friendly choice) on our first night in town, on our second night we walked across the street to the Good Harvest Cafe.
We discovered our new favorite brew -- Tangerine Wheat Beer by Lost Coast Brewery out of Eureka, California. It is incredibly refreshing and delicious, and Great Harvest served it ice cold. Yum!
We both tried the fresh salmon for our entree. It was tasty and served with healthy sides, brown rice and steamed veggies. Perhaps a bit too spartan for my taste at least, it left me wanting something decadent, so...
...we split this moist, delicious, large piece of carrot cake. Now that hit the spot! I think we'd been really spoiled by all the desserts in Eugene and were starting to crave something like this every night. This could be a dangerous precedent!
On our last night in town, we tried one of several small Mexican places in town, Perlita's, which was only a short walk from our hotel. It was inexpensive and tasty. Barry got the chicken fajitas, which surprisingly were not served on the traditional sizzling plate, but he seemed to enjoy them anyway. I ordered a delicious shrimp burrito, which made for a boring photo (and is thus not included here) but tasted great, with large shrimp cooked just right, veggies, and rice inside.
We managed to survive without a dessert this night!
The amazing Redwoods are up next...and I do mean UP!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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