Day Trip, oh my

Bridgeville, Ca

It\’s fun to be spontaneous. I am much more than my husband. It took us an hour before we left the house. We brought our dog, Laydee with us. She\’s couped up as well. It started out to be a beautiful day as we headed west to the coast – We heard about a fire on the main road we would have taken – it was closed. We had to take 2 alternate routes. These roads in and around our mountains are not interstate highways. They are barely a state highway. Most are small county roads. My county (Shasta) and the next 2 counties toward the ocean are rugged. (Trinity and Humboldt) No big cities. We go through little towns of 350, some as small as 36! Bridgeville has 25 people.

The landscape is dotted with legal pot farms. The illegal ones are hidden in our state and federal forests. These are HUGE operations. They are everywhere.

Then we hit a snag. Another road closed! We only had to wait an hour. This is normal. These roads washout due to winter rains, rock slides, and or fires. This was road construction – due to a mudslide that happened last winter.

5 hours later, we made it to the coast – I am craving fish and chips. We notice everything is closed. No internet on my phone so I texted my friend and asked her what was going on. She said our Governor, closed everything down again. No restaurants were open. Just fast food.  In and Out was closed and we couldn\’t find a Burger King. McDonald\’s it was. NOT AT ALL WHAT I was hankering for. Very disappointed.

Then had to find a bathroom. Fast food places were closed – no restrooms. One convenient store at a gas station let me in. My husband put $5.00 into the van.

I noticed everyone was wearing masks – even walking on the street. I was surprised because, in my town, so many are bitching and complaining about it.

Samoa Beach

I grew up in Pacifica – 2 miles from the ocean. I am picky about my beaches. This beach was filthy. Trash all around. We found a fairly nice spot, spread the blanket, and sat down. The sand was warm and felt good on my bones. Very few people on the beach.

Samoa Beach is the long strand of beach on the ocean side of the Samoa Peninsula near Eureka. The small community of Samoa with its historic Samoa Cookhouse Restaurant (which was CLOSED) is nearby on the peninsula. The beach here stretches continuously south to Samoa Dunes Recreation Area at the North Jetty and entrance to Humboldt Bay. This strand continues north to Manila Beach and the sandy shoreline seems endless after that. This is a great beachcombing destination with driftwood and other items washing onshore. Surfers and great white sharks are both common in these waters leading to shark attacks in recent years.


We stayed for a couple of hours. It was Laydee\’s first time at the ocean. We laughed as she barked at the waves and tried to bite the white foam, on the waves crashing in. Silly dog!

We decide to take a chance and go our regular way – it\’s shorter. It slowed down just a little and we were taken by an escort, through the CalFire staging area of the fire that was somewhere in the mountains nearby. They had rock climbers and hotshots. This was a rugged terrain fire. This morning I have heard they have done well, to knock it almost out.

Most of the landscape there hasn\’t seen a major fire in decades.

We made it home by 8pm and I had ice cream for dinner. A fun day even if things didn\’t turn out exactly what I had hoped. Only took us 2 1/2 hours to get home. And that is with waiting for just a little for the pilot van to escort us through.

10 thoughts on “Day Trip, oh my

  1. Anonymous July 2, 2020 / 7:27 pm

    Oh my, what an adventure! I would have loved to see Laydee going after the foam from the waves. Although things didn't quite go as expected, I hope you had a fun time. You certainly made memories to laugh about later.

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  2. Anonymous July 3, 2020 / 3:51 am

    Looked like a nice trip considering! At least it was out of the house for a bit.Betty

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  3. Anonymous July 3, 2020 / 11:02 am

    You spent 7 1/2 hours driving? In the old days (last year) I could fly from Detroit to Amsterdam in 7. Such is the new normal.

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  4. Anonymous July 3, 2020 / 8:51 pm

    I know, I could kick myself for not video taping her. It was cute

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  5. Anonymous July 3, 2020 / 8:51 pm

    Yeah it was an adventure

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  6. Anonymous July 3, 2020 / 8:52 pm

    Yeah I guess we did. That is the way it is here now. Californians drive a lot so, anything under 8-10 hours is okay – that's one way! LOL

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  7. Anonymous July 3, 2020 / 10:51 pm

    Spontaneous and me not a good mix although the best holidays were spontaneous ones

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  8. Anonymous July 4, 2020 / 12:36 am

    I'm glad you found a spot on the ocean that didn't have many people so you could enjoy for awhile. It hit home for me when you talked about Pacifica. There were many surf trips there by the men in my family. And a few trips for me too. I remember the Mexican restaurant we used to always eat at. I wonder if it's still there.~Sheri

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  9. Anonymous July 4, 2020 / 8:50 pm

    I used to be more organized and found it really took all the fun out of my vacations, holidays etc.

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