Crescent City Overnight 5/22-32/17

Photos by Gladys, Jeff and John

Our convoy transporting 17 hikers headed out on Monday morning for a rendezvous at the Patrick Creek Lodge, 30 miles East of Crescent City. After a fine lunch we headed to the Curley Redwood Lodge, checked in and headed for a beach walk. The beach is 10 miles long so everyone could decide how far they wanted to wander and most did around 7-8 miles return. The weather was glorious and 70 degrees. Both children and seniors' hiking groups revel in collecting rocks on the beach and some cars were soon weighted down.

After the hike we moved into the inn and prepared for the evening festivities at the Good Harvest Restaurant. Some had trouble finding it on-line as I had called it the Golden Harvest, which apparently is somewhere in the mid-west. To their credit they scratched their noodles and used the word harvest on its own along with Crescent City and soon found the bar above the dining room. At this point, an exhilarating afternoon on the beach led to ordering of cocktails and one could sense the levity increasing with a martini or two.

The restaurant took good care of us and the fish was excellent, practically swimming onto the plates. In the morning Nancy Driscoll arranged an early opening of her favorite fishmonger so we were able to buy from the morning's catch before heading off to the redwoods. We somehow all arrived safe and sound where we could walk into Stout Grove. the finest example of coastal redwoods, with some towering near 380 feet. Dan Dawson had kindly boned up on redwoods and gave us a short explanation of the species. After a leisurely photo tour and a bit of blundering around in search of a certain river trail, we headed back in a happy frame of mind. Again, perfect weather does help.

We took our leave after Stout Grove but several cars stopped at the now legendary Taylor's restaurant and butcher shop in Cave Junction. This huge emporium was chock full of people lusting after its BBQ sandwiches and other delicacies, and buying its hundreds of meat and sausage offerings to take home. .Your correspondent can report that this was a do again many times over.

It was generally agreed this should be an annual event and I will plan to make it so. Thanks to all for their patience as I endeavored to get such a large group to the right places.

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