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.
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.
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.