After leaving Point Reyes National Seashore, we continued our journey northward on California State Route 1 to Eureka, where we would be staying for the night.
More happy cows
Fort Ross was the headquarters of the southernmost Russian settlements in North America between 1812 to 1841. Unfortunately, Fort Ross was closed due to state budget cuts, so we couldn’t see the actual fort. I was really disappointed, because I am huge Russophile.
You can see a tiny bit of the fort off in the distance
If you ever rent a car and the agency gives you a Chevy HHR, ask for a different car.
A little over halfway through our drive, we stopped for dinner at the North Coast Brewing Co. Taproom in Fort Bragg. I had the beer battered fish and chips with a pint of Blue Star Wheat Beer. Both were delicious.
By the time we were back on the road, night had fallen, which made the remaining 130 miles to Eureka slow-going. We still had to traverse over 40 miles of State Route 1, which winds along the rugged coastal cliffs and redwood forested mountains in complete darkness, before turning inland at the beginning of the Lost Coast and terminating at the US 101.
More photos here.