The best roadtrips involve as many stops as possible to take in the scenery, but ultimately you have to get somewhere. My goal on Monday was to reach Trinidad on the coast, 70 miles north of where I spent the night in Garberville. You can do it in a 90-minute shot driving straight up Highway 101, but where's the fun?
I took a 4-hour detour into the Lost Coast, a vast undeveloped section of the California coast with only a couple roads running through it. I took all these pictures from the drivers seat on the 22 mile drive from Founder's Grove to tiny Honeydew. Bull Creek Flats Road runs through Humboldt Redwoods SP before turning into Mattole Road.
There road leaves the redwoods behind for more open space and starts to ascend.
I was surprised to see snow again.
And more surprised when it actually started to snow as I kept going up, up, up...
I've never driven in snow before and I was a little bit alarmed to find myself doing it here. They always say you should check road conditions. I'm afraid if I had, I would not have come this way.
That would have been a shame; I think these are some of California's finest miles. The road is very rough in places; potholes, gravel, etc. In some stretches there is no road, just dirt.
Fortunately, it was late enough in the morning that the road had been plowed. And, also, it didn't last long. After a few miles, the skies cleared up and the road went on like this for several miles.
At last I reached Honeydew.
I got an ice cream bar at the general store
And kept going. Next stops: Petrolia, Mattole Beach, and the road to Ferndale.