Walking distances up to 1 1/2 miles on dirt terrain with slight inclines.
In the breakfast room at the hotel, enjoy a buffet offering assorted breads and bagels, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, potatoes, hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, plus water, coffee, tea, juice, and milk.
Board the motorcoach for the field trip to Redwood National Park and Prairie Creek State Park with our knowledgeable local historian and author. Our first stop is the Visitor's Center at Redwood National Park to view a film and exhibits. The ancient coast redwood ecosystem preserved in the parks contains some of the planet's most majestic forests. Prairie Creek State Park was set aside in the early 1920’s and is a sanctuary of old growth coast redwood. We'll hope to spot some of the Roosevelt elk who call the park and this northern California area their home.
Picnic style box lunch in Patrick's Point State Park at Visitor Center picnic tables . Lunch will include an entrée size salad, cookie, and bottled water.
Our field trip continues at Patrick's Point State Park, with dense forests of spruce, hemlock, pine, fir, and red alder stretching over an ocean headland. We’ll visit the recreated Yurok seasonal village - "Sumêg" - consisting of traditional style family houses, a sweat house, changing houses, a redwood canoe, and a dance house. On the return to Eureka, we'll visit picturesque Trinidad Harbor. Trinidad is California's smallest incorporated city, with a population of 360 in 2013. It is noted for its spectacular coastline and remarkable offshore rocks. Back in Eureka, drive through the Victorian Historic District and view the Carson Mansion. Built for lumber baron William Carson in the 1880’s, it is perhaps the most famous example of Victorian Architecture in the United States. This famous house has been the inspiration for haunted houses around the country and the clock tower on the Disneyland train station.
At Samoa Cookhouse, the last surviving cookhouse in the West, serving food - lumber camp style. Meal will include soup, salad, bread, entrée, vegetables, and dessert, plus water, coffee, and tea.
Visit the Historic Lodging Museum, which is full of relics and photographs from the old logging and Cookhouse days before returning to the hotel.