Here are a few ideas to start
your planning. I am happy to work with you to customize any of
these, or we can design a special experience just for you.
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home of the world’s tallest trees
Lose track of time as you
experience the largest remaining stand of protected
Coast Redwoods in the world. Immerse yourself in an ancient
forest of thousand-year-old trees. Discover how the trees
themselves bear witness to the massive floods,
raging fires, and threats of logging that they have endured.
Trinidad area: rocks, ocean, wildlife
Take a drive to
scenic Trinidad, a town overlooking the ocean. Walk the beach,
explore the rocks, and discover the rich tidepool life. Visit
the harbor and watch for otters, harbor seals and seabirds.
Extend the trip to Patrick’s Point State Park, where a
cliffside trail overlooks a rocky shore with sea lions, seals
From Bay to Dunes: the sandy shores close to Eureka
Stroll through a fascinating
forest full of contorted pines draped with moss, with ground
covered in lovely lichens and bear-berry. Emerge onto 60 foot
dunes, and walk out to the ocean over rolling sand hills covered
in flowering plants. Discover what it takes to survive in this
and Elk at Prairie Creek
Take a scenic drive to Prairie Creek Redwoods, with beautiful
views of the coastline, forests and lagoons along the way. Look for herds of
wild elk and learn about their life histories. Walk in
some of the last remaining old-growth Coast Redwood forests, and
discover the unique characteristics that have helped these trees
survive since the age of the dinosaurs.
Arcata Marsh and
Wild Life Sanctuary: a winter wonderland of birds
Hundreds of thousands of birds spend the winter in this marsh
which is also a world-renowned municipal water treatment
facility. Enjoy the sight of wheeling flocks of birds taking
flight to avoid a Peregrine Falcon, get close up views of egrets
and ducks feeding in the ponds, and find out what’s so special
about this place.
Redwood forests, coastal
mountains, sand dunes, rocky beaches and high prairies – all
are within an hour’s drive of Eureka! Elk live their entire
lives here, while gray whales migrate along the coast, and
shorebirds abound during the winter. Wildflowers color the
landscape in spring, and fall turns maples into gold. Depending
on the season, your special interests, and your time frame,
can tailor a trip to fit your needs.