We left home about 9 planning to stop at the Bluebird Cafe in Hopland, only to find that it was closed on Monday and Tuesday. We got all the way across 101 and to the front door before seeing the "CLOSED" sign. Sigh, what to do now. We drove on to Ukiah and decided to try Mama's Cafe based on the Yelp pictures.
|The patio at Mama's|
We spent our first night at Albee Creek Campground in Humbolt Redwoods State Park. The campground is about 5 miles west of 101, a lovely drive on a single lane road through old growth redwoods alongside the river.
|The meadow below our site at Albee Creek|
|Campsite number 13 at Albee Creek|
They had spent the night before at Albee Creek and a large number of them went bike riding during the day. The next morning they would pack up and move on to Patrick's Point where they would kayak in Big Lagoon.
The campers were picked up in San Francisco on Monday and would return on Friday. To be good neighbors the crew offered us baked potatoes and corn during dinner and pancakes and bacon at breakfast time, unfortunately we'd already eaten on both occasions.
On to Brookings
After breakfast we began our drive to Brookings, driving along the Samoa Peninsula to Arcata to replace a pair of earrings I had lost. Before going to our campsite we stopped for halibut and chips at our favorite fish and chips place on the harbor, The Hungry Clam.
|Harris Beach site C-5|
We settled in to campsite number 5, a great one, at Harris Beach State Park in Brookings.
The next morning we were out on the road early to catch the fog at Myer's Beach. The 20 minute drive north was beautiful, but since the fog was not low we headed back south on 101 for Samuel Boardman State park to find Secret Beach.
|Parking for Secret Beach Trail|
I had spotted the unmarked parking between mile posts 354 and 355, right before the turn out to Arch Rock, as we were driving north. There was space for one more car when we arrived.
The hike down was beautiful, but what goes down, must come up!
|Stream near trail to Secret Beach|
Along the trail we could hear rushing water.
|end of trail to Secret Beach|
As we approached the end of the trail we could tell it was a ways down to the beach.
|Looking down at Secret Beach from trails end|
This was the rock that had to be that had to be navigated to get to the beautiful beach.
Mark was happy to be up high looking down, but I so wanted to get down to the beach.
It took all my courage and upper body strength, but I finally garnered the courage to go down the rock and walk on the beach.
|Secret Beach Waerfall|
Around the bend out of sight was this waterfall.
|Secret Beach Cave|
On the other side of the point where the trail was there were caves.
Our hike had caused us to work up an appetite, so we went to our favorite breakfast spot, Mattie's Pancake House.
Refueled we headed to the Welcome Center at Chrissey Field State Park to walk on the beach and search for drift wood.
|Mark at Chrissey Field State Park|
A couple of pieces found their way into our camper for the ride back to Santa Rosa.
We planned this trip to pick up Mark's artwork from the Brian Scott Gallery,
|Hanging Show at Brian Scott Gallery, Brookings, OR|
|Show at Bryan Scott Gallery, Brookings OR|
Mark had been an exhibiting photographer in November and continued to show his work of the Oregon Coast.
|Trail to Chetco Point Park, Brookings OR|
After having gathered his art work we hunted down the trail to Chetco Point Park to check out the beach.
|Chetco Beach, Brookings OR|
It was a real challenge to find the way to the beach, but well worth it.
Another beautiful trip to Brookings ended too soon.
|Big Lagoon, Humbolt Lagoons State Park|
Mark was finally able to capture Big Lagoon on the way home.