After a long night of being elbowed by my little brother on our itty bitty bed, we all got up, got coffee, donuts, then hit the road. For anyone who has an opportunity to stay at a Parc 55 Hilton—take it! It’s a great, contemporary, very enjoyable place to stay.
And for anyone who has an opportunity to visit San Francisco—TAKE IT! If you like the raw downtown feel, bustling sidewalks and old buildings drenched with character, you’ll love it. The place was so alive, thriving, and I didn’t want to leave.
We crossed the Golden Gate Bride (a tremendous sight), then passed through wine country (endless acres of fields, horses, and grape farms), then entered the tight bending roads of the mountains. Oh boy, driving through those hills definitely left my gills green, but I somehow made it the whole 5 hours without losing my donut.
So, Eureka is interesting. Quite the opposite of San Francisco. Has a very small-town type of vibe. Has lots of small, quaint, cozy homes and the streets are very quiet. What stands out here the most though is definitely the nature; specifically, the Redwood Forest. We took a walk through there, picked some berries and ate some leaves. As it turns out, the Redwood forest was where they filmed one of the Star Wars movies!!! I could attempt a description but I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.
Now, I’ve saved the best for last. That being, where I slept. I received the honor of sleeping in the camper out back. Mainly because nobody else wanted it—but I was also dying for it. I knew it’d be the perfect place to write. And as I sit here, a cup of coffee before me as I write, I was not wrong.
This trip has been beyond amazing. I don’t want it to end. One night I’m sleeping on the 30th floor of a Hilton hotel, and the next, I’m sleeping in a camper with a pile of blankets on top of me as temperatures descend to the low 50’s. Coming from 100 degree heat in Texas, 50 is freezing to me.
My grandparents and uncles out here are very outdoorsy people, so we’ll be taking lots more hikes over the four more days we’re here. I’ll do a few more posts to further introduce you to this magical town that is Eureka.
Thanks for reading 🙂
P.S. If you haven’t already, check out Stories in Between for the final post in the first half of my blog tour for The Killed Conscience (Goodreads). Part 2 of the blog tour (hosted by RABT) will begin July 3 🙂