Saturday, July 18, 2015

June 28, 2015 - Santa Rosa to Trinidad, California 242 miles

Mark in front of Bluebird Cafe in Hopland

We were happy to finally be on the road at 8:15 and heading north on Highway 101.  The morning was  foggy as we left Santa Rosa.  We enjoyed  a very hearty breakfast at the Bluebird Cafe in Hopland, one of our favorite stops for breakfast as we travel northward.  Our breakfasts were so huge we saved a large portion for tomorrow's breakfast.

Driving north out of Willits it's surprising how soon we were into the forest. This is a drive that never gets old!

The Kate Wolf Festival just ended last night. We were surprised at how packed the grounds still were with campers. What a hot, dry, dusty place to be!

As we approached Eureka the wild flowers along the roadside were abundant. The center divide on the freeway was loaded with California Poppies. We can see the blanket of Humbolt fog off to the north.

Agate Campsite 117

Our campsite, number 117 in the Agate Campground, was quite large. It was a great site for a tent, we had to get the truck up on 3 blocks to get level. I had forgotten how green and lush the campground was. We took a short hike over looking Agate Beach, from the bluff. We also hiked the Rim Trail to the Rim Trail Overlook, the trail beyond that was closed.
Cathedral Rock Trail

As we were fixing dinner the fog lifted and the sun was bright. We took a 7:00 hike back to the Agate Beach overlook and followed the Park Entrance Road to the Mussel Rock Trail. We returned to our campsite along the Ceremonial Rock Trail past Ceremonial Rock. It felt like we were walking through Jurassic Park! We were back to the camp by 8 and ready to make a fire, s'mores and call it a day.

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