Taking Refuge in Wildlife

Moving up the coast, we had lunch at Eel River Brewing Company  (http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g32404-d1175995-r138129186-Eel_River_Brewing_Company-Fortuna_California.html)) and then checked out the City of Ferndale. We’ve wondered how some places get the honor of being on the “Ten Best Small Towns in America” list because we’re usually disappointed. Not this time. Sometimes referred to as “Cream City” because of the well-preserved Victorian store-fronts and homes (also known as “Butterfat Palaces,” due to their construction during a period when a great deal of wealth stemmed from the dairy industry), the entire town is an historical landmark. Home to not only horse racing, but kinetic sculpture racing and the Humboldt County Fair, it’s a place to which we’d definitely return.

We journeyed on to Eureka, where we were slightly unnerved by the ubiquitous presence of storefront signs warning that the masonry building may not be safe in the event of an earthquake, but were soon calmed when just outside of Orick, we happened upon the Roosevelt Elk Herd, which allowed us to get almost close enough to touch.

Not long after we passed through Crescent City, the city sadly hit by a tidal wave from the April 2011 Fukushima earthquake. On this cool and cloudy afternoon, we found sea lions happily at play, filling the air with their characteristic barking sounds.

Through Jedediah Smith Forest we viewed more redwoods and finally reach the long day’s destination: Grants Pass. Once again the animal world greeted us, with not nearly so large a presence as the elk, nor loud as the sea lions. Still, Frampton was impressed.


About Tricia Pimental

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tricia Pimental's second memoir, A Movable Marriage, has received 5 Star reviews from both Epic Book Quest and Readers' Favorite. It's available on Amazon in both Kindle (amzn.to/1RtRBwp) and print (amzn.to/1OiGlUU) versions. She is also the author of two Royal Palm Literary Award Competition-honored books: Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way, and Slippery Slopes. Other work has appeared in International Living Magazine; A Janela, the quarterly magazine of International Women in Portugal; and anthologies compiled by the Florida Writers Association and the National League of American Pen Women. A member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and a former Toastmaster, Ms. Pimental resides in Portugal. She can be reached at www.triciapimental.com and on Twitter @Tricialafille.
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2 Responses to Taking Refuge in Wildlife

  1. Pat says:

    Are you going on up to Victoria BC. Also, Olympic National Park is awesome, especially the rain forest on the west side. Miss you, God Bless, Pat.

  2. Our good intentions to get even further north didn’t pan out. There’s just so much to see (and who knew there was a rain forest in that area??). Miss you too, Blessings back.

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