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Travel Guide to California - - GOLF -

» For­est Tracks

Built in 1885 to haul red­wood logs from the tan­gled back­coun­try to coastal sawmills, the iconic Skunk Train now car­ries pas­sen­gers on two dif­fer­ent runs start­ing at Fort Bragg and the in­land town of Wil­lits, re­spec­tively. The shorter coastal route snakes along the Novo River canyon, through red­wood groves and past an old log­ging camp. And don’t worry: The train’s name de­rives from an orig­i­nal, stinky gaso­line en­gine that long ago was con­signed to the junk­yard.

› skunk­train.com

» Boule­vard of Big Trees

The Av­enue of the Giants is a 31-mile de­tour from High­way 101 that weaves in and out of lofty, old-growth red­wood trees like a slalom course. The route takes you through the heart of Hum­boldt Red­woods State Park, one of the best places along the North Coast to gaze up in awe. Sun­nier and drier than red­wood parks far­ther to the north, it’s less tan­gled with un­der­growth, mak­ing it eas­ier to wan­der and won­der.

› av­enue­ofthe­giants.net

» Com­mu­nity For­est

Ar­cata, with a town square lined with a mix­ture of hip­pie-chic bou­tiques, eclec­tic restau­rants and old-time lum­ber­jack bars, is home to Hum­boldt State Univer­sity. Spend some time wan­der­ing its com­mu­nity for­est and the in­no­va­tive waste­water treat­ment fa­cil­ity that has be­come a thriv­ing sanc­tu­ary for mi­gra­tory birds.

› city­o­far­cata.org

» Big Eats

To sat­isfy a lum­ber­jack-sized ap­petite, drive across Hum­boldt Bay on the Samoa Bridge to the Samoa Cook­house for colos­sal, al­lyou-can-eat meals served fam­ily style. The last sur­viv­ing cook­house of its kind in the U.S., it’s been serv­ing hun­gry mill work­ers, long­shore­men and tourists since 1890.

› samoa­cook­house.net

» Vic­to­rian Ham­let

Gaily painted Vic­to­rian man­sions line the streets of Fern­dale, an idyl­lic ham­let on the Eel River delta in south­ern Hum­boldt County. Lov­ingly pre­served, they give the town a turn-of-the-last-cen­tury look that has proven ir­re­sistible to Hol­ly­wood. More than a dozen movies have been filmed here. Main Street’s shops keep the Vic­to­rian theme go­ing, with old-fash­ioned mer­can­tiles and even a black­smith shop. Cra­dled be­tween two red­wood forests, the en­tire town is listed on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places.

› vic­to­ri­an­fer­n­dale.com 2018

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