On Friday morning we headed out of Shelter Cove and passed the navigational markers at about 2 am in light fog. The time to depart was primarily based on trying to get the calmest weather conditions and also what the conditions would be at the entrance to Humboldt Bay harbor, called the Eureka Bar. There are tidal flows in and out, and at times they clash and make entry or exit challenging. We were aiming for the high tide, around 1 pm.
The conditions on the ocean were calm, as predicted. We decided that we would both stay up for a while and watch the conditions together, since the conditions around Punta Gorda are unpredictable. I am glad to report that the entire trip went smoothly, the waves were small and winds light. We each took a 2 hour rest before we neared Eureka. Somewhere along the way we passed the halfway point for our trip in miles. A milestone to celebrate!
We haven’t seen any dolphins in quite a while. We saw some whales in the distance at Shelter Cove, apparently it was a pod of Orca that frequent that area. The only wildlife sighting I can report from this trip is that the Murres (sea birds) have babies – I saw several mothers (fathers?) and babies about.
Entering the Eureka bar was fairly calm; there were some waves that developed at the entrance and pushed us along. The trip from the harbor entrance to the marina is about 5 miles, and we passed the lumber and paper mills on the way.
We tied up at the marina after calling in to secure a spot and checked in at the office. The next order of business, after our celebratory beer of course, was a hot shower! What a joy that was. We had a nice dinner at the restaurant here in the marina – we were both starving and it was nice for a change.
We’ve been to Eureka twice, which is across a bridge from where we are (Woodley Island). The first day we walked to the marine store, a natural food co-op and the Lost Coast Brewery. We shared several things, including a sampling of all of their beers on tap. We had fun – and a 5 mile walk! Yesterday we rode our bikes over and went to the marine store again and then to Target to stock up on some things. We were able to buy a plastic box to secure to the back of my bike to be able to carry more stuff when grocery shopping.
The commercial fishing season for Salmon opened again today, so for several days there has been a lot of activity at this marina. It’s interesting – some of the boats here are only crewed by a couple; the one docked next to us is a father and daughter. It looks like a tough way to make a living, but these are obviously tough people.
We plan to head out of here early tomorrow morning when the tide is high (around 3 am). We are going to Crescent City, our last stop in California. It will be a 12-14 hour trip, depending on the weather (predicted to be mild!). We’ll see.
Tricia – I just love following your blog! It gives me a dreamy escape from every day life – many blessings and joy!!
Sarah! I think of you often – sending you many blessing and joy in return. ❤
Glad to know you made it! Did you end up using the fold up bike we sent with mom & Dad? Things here are great. Got to spend some one-on-one time with Abra & Noah before they head back tomorrow. Miss you lots. XOXO
YES! The bike I refer to as “mine” is that one. It’s perfect – thank you so much. Missing you all XXOO
I’m glad you’re taking time to rest and enjoy the beautiful coastal cities and marinas. You’re a good ship mate too:-)
Ralph looks happy and living the dream.
We miss you baby girl.
Love you and miss you, Mama ❤
Tricia…just caught up on all your postings. So many incredible moments…making amazing memories while savoring now. You are both very blessed!
Hi Flo! Glad you are following 🙂
Hey! This is my first comment here so I juyst wanted to give a quick shout out annd say I trily enjoy
reading your posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same subjects?
Thanks for following us. Are you looking for sailing blogs? There are many – I follow one called “escape velocity”. Otherwise I am in a facebook group for women boaters. I would recommend searching for what you are interested in at WordPress or another blog website, whether that is sailing, or sailing in a specific area, or whatever. Cheers!