Finally made the big move to the western coastline. Old Station to Arcata via Redding covering 194 miles. After the relatively uneventful drive (except for some road construction on 299) we settled into a corner of Blue Lake Casino parking lot on the outskirts of Arcata. This would mark the beginning of about two weeks of “casino coasting” – five casino’s in all. We aren’t big on gambling or smoke-filled rooms but the generous offer of a few nights free parking is always appreciated. We always sign up for their players club, play some slots and maybe even dine there.
Arcata, CA (Blue Lake Casino) – Ah, Arcata! Home to Humbolt State University, redwood trees, a really good laundromat and heavily bearded men! We only spent two nights here but managed to get some laundry done, break even gaming and a hike along one of the communities newest trails. Emerald City Laundromat was one of the cleanest we have ever encountered and staffed with very helpful people. The Arcata Community Forest Trail was a fun place to hike and geocache with a myriad of trails available for hikers, equestrians and cyclists.
Crescent City, CA (Elk Valley Casino) – Two free nights at this small casino at the south end of Crescent City. We ventured out to explore the redwoods of Jedediah Smith and Del Norte parks where Patricia was hoping for the photographer’s trifecta of blooming rhododendron, fog and redwood trees. Last spring there was plenty of fog and trees but almost no blooms. This year was weak on blooms and fog both. Oh well, we will just have to keep coming back!
Smith River, CA (Lucky 7 Casino) – We made a very short move north for the next three nights and continued to explore the redwoods.
Coos Bay, OR (Three Rivers Casino) – Visiting family and friends for four nights. This is our go-to free location whenever we come to Coos Bay.
Florence, OR (Three Rivers Casino) – We spent our final four days cruising the coast here in the Florence area kayaking, hiking and visiting.