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  1. You need to come to Humboldt County, Northern Cal. Ocean, Redwoods, temperate weather! We moved here because, most of the time, there’s only a 8/9 degree difference in temp. day time high and night low. check out Localvore meal at Bayside Grange on Sun. Oct. 4, 5-7PM.only $5 if you don’t bring a dish! Sat. Fortuna Apple Festival Oct. 3, all day, town-wide, cider tastings! Oct. 10, Sat., Country/Western dance at Moose Lodge in Eureka. 8PM. $10? big wood dance floor. Oct. 3 & 4=Fieldbrook Fall Festival. till 9PM Fri. till 7PM Sun. Eureka=go to the docks at Woodley Island and buy fresh Tuna! Eureka also hosts Arts Alive all over Old Town the first Sat. of every month 6-9PM. Music, wine, food everyhwere. Sometimes Free inside the many stores. Find a copy of our North Coast Journal, Free in enclosed stands in front of stores everywhere. There are sections with the week’s goings-ons. it has the list for Arts Alive in there that week. Check out Blue Lake Casino: nice hotel, outdoor hot tub, good food, live bands Fri. & Sat. nites. This is the home of the real Logger Bar, featured in “Humboldt, the Movie”, a must rent before you come. All You Can Eat Oriental Seafood Buffet in Arcata. Arcata Plaza biggest of the fArmers Markets is Sat. 11-2PM. pLENTY OF bARS AND mUSIC IN THAT AREA, ALSO. Go up to Crescent City, spend day exploring Rt. 199 into Oregon for some of the best Redwoods. or go south to the Avenue of the Giants down near Garberville, into Phillipsville, Weyott, Miranda, etc. plenty of parks allowing camping along the 199 and the 101. complete with streams, rivers, claims to fame like Tallest Tree,etc. Rockerfellar Forest is our favorite. But be warned if you decide to go back to Ferndale or Eureka area by way of the Mattole Rd. You might want to just turn around and go back out via the 101/Avenue of Giants that runs parralel. No bathrooms, restaurants, etc. and the 36 miles will take you five hours to traverse. So start early and make sure you have plenty of gas! No place to sleep over on the narrow, steep roads. And always keep in mind the Instant Fog. You never know. Personally, I don’t drive much after dark, except short distances to a nearby store or restaurant. But you can usually tell by nightfall if it’s going to be thick. Best beaches: Moonstone Beach via the 2nd? Westhavan exit. Trinidad Beach/Head/Dock. It’s a quaint town with restaurants, gas. Clam Beach camping. up a little past McKinleyville, right on the 101. Winco in Eureka has best grocery prices, but the Co-ops both in Eureka and Arcata and Wildberries in Arcata, Eureka Natural Foods, all have your grass-fed ground beef, organic local veggies, home-made soup bars, etc. Trees of Mystery, on your way up to Crescent City is cool. This time of year, you’ll run into lots of houseless people here who can share info. and show you the ropes. Just don’t give money to everyone, even if you can. Some are just arrogant college students from HSU with an attitude.

    1. Craig and Linda says:

      Some brilliant ideas, thanks Pat.

  2. The second battery is a great idea. A lot of overland drivers have them standard for the stated reasons.

    I’d also add that if you’re going to be snuggled in a blanket or sleeping bag at night, it is usually a good idea to crack a window to let the condensation out. Nothing worse than having to wipe your windows down on the inside if the sun doesn’t come out the next morning.

  3. Craig and Linda says:

    Yes, very good point! That’s something we’ve found sleeping in the Spaceship; it gets very damp if there’s no circulation.

  4. Traveller says:

    Driving in a boiling car without properly working air-con can be a real nightmare…Thank you for great piece of advice.

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