Day 7 – Fort Bragg to Eureka — Beautiful Gardens, Dramatic Shoreline

Tuesday August 12 (Muriel with a little help from Allan)

We spent the morning at the Mendocino County Botanical Gardens, a lovely place that impressed Allan as “Descanso Gardens North,” at least until we walked out onto a coastal plain overlooking the rugged coastline. Like Descanso, these gardens included some formal areas as well as extensive areas of naturalized trees, shrubs and plants. Of course, the plants were different: many more rhododendrons than camellias, for example. Interestingly, when we came across the Mediterranean garden, I immediately felt more comfortable – it may have helped that the gray cloud cover was starting to lift – and recognized many more of the plants. There was even an abundance of hummingbirds in the Mediterranean garden.

A few photos of the gardens are enclosed including a charming sign on a railing over one of the streams.

Two California Native Plants- Godetia and California Poppy
Two California Native Plants- Godetia and California Poppy
A Bird in the Botanical Garden Bush - White Crown Sparrow

A Bird in the Botanical Garden Bush - White Crown Sparrow

Another Amusing Sign - This time in the Botanical Garden

Another Amusing Sign - This time in the Botanical Garden

Muriel at the (interesting) gate

Muriel at the (interesting) gate

Shoreline View from the Botanical Gardens

Shoreline View from the Botanical Gardens

After our botanical morning we had a lovely lunch on the wharf in Fort Bragg looking out over the river in which we saw our first Surf Scoter of the trip. (For the non-birders who read this, that is not some version of a waterski but instead a cute black diving duck with a multi-colored bill.) We also got a good photo of our motel.

Our Hotel in Fort Bragg above the Wharf

Our Hotel in Fort Bragg above the Wharf

After a late lunch, we headed up the coast to Eureka, where we arrived very late and found many of the inns were full. We finally found a place to stay and Allan found a natural foods store where he could get us some takeout food for a light late dinner. Along with dining on chicken sushi (really), we watched the Olympics and I finalized (I hope) a letter about appropriate mitigation projects in the Sepulveda Basin for SFVAS president Jim Moore’s signature. This evening did not feel very much like vacation time – but a lingering task was finished.

One byproduct of our wanderings in search of a bed for the night was a chance to see some of the wonderful restored Victorian architecture of Eureka as shown below.

The Ingersoll Club Building in Eureka - It almost makes you want to be a member

The Ingersoll Club Building in Eureka - It almost makes you want to be a member

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1 Response to “Day 7 – Fort Bragg to Eureka — Beautiful Gardens, Dramatic Shoreline”


  1. 1 Paul August 19, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks for the trip report. We are gonna be on a part of your loop in September, up the coast to Oakland & Berkeley then on to Coos Bay.

    Cheers, Paul


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