Elk Meadows and Eureka, California

Eureka, I found it!

After getting a good night’s sleep, we left Crescent city and continued to head south for some more fun. Today, we have a ways to go and a lot we wanted to see, so we left early.

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And boy, was it pretty incredible.

First, we drove for a while alongside the coast. It was about 9 am and just so beautiful.

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I mean, who gets to wake up and see this? Incredible ❤

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Sometimes, I find it amazing how Northern Cali and Southern Cali are the same state. Like, it just blows my mind how different the two of them are.

After a forty-five minute drive away from the city, we came across our first elk meadow. Even better, we saw Elk!

This is the Elk Prairie Campground. I believe people can camp here, but I’m not sure because we didn’t come to camp. We came looking for elk. And thank goodness, they did not disappoint.

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As you can see, they spotted us and stood very still. We were quite a distance away and didn’t try to get close. They are very timid animals, but still wild animals all the same. Always give the animals the respect they deserve.

It was amazing, cars were just zooming by us and didn’t even care. I guess maybe if you live in the area, they become another part of the landscape?

After we got our fill of Elk, we got back in the car and started to head toward the city of Eureka

Eureka is the largest coastal city between Portland and San Fran. It has a population of about 30,000.

It’s most famous for it’s old part of the city,  with it’s beautiful Victorian houses.

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The most famous is the Carson Mansion (build in 1886). My picture is a bit small, but the house is HUGE. It’s now been turned into private club house.

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And right across the street is the infamous pink lady house, a wedding gift to Carson’s son. This house is a Queen Anne style Victorian home.

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The man and his horse were more then nice enough to allow me to take a picture of them.

Fun fact, Donald Duck and all his duck friends (Daisy, Scrooge and the three nephews) lived in duckville. However, they show a map of duckville and it looks a heck of a lot like the surrounding area of Eureka. When asked about it, the creators did not confirm, but they did not deny it either. Rumor…

Anyway, after a few hours of exploring the beautiful area, we got back in the car and continued to head on. After all, there are giants not far from here and there was no way I would go through northern Cali and not check it out…

Thanks for reading my blog, keep an eye out for the next post.

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