EXPLORING THE NORTH COAST PARKS WITH REDWOOD EDVENTURE QUESTS

images-1Looking for a fun, family friendly way to explore some of the most beautiful places here on the North Coast?  As a parent I am personally always looking for new and exciting ways to get my little one engaged with the natural environment and also ways to really get her excited about learning more about nature. I feel very lucky to live on the North Coast, an area with so much opportunity to connect with nature. This is also an area where many local organizations create amazing programs that are specifically geared to get our youth outdoors and exploring the natural world around us.

The Humboldt County Office of Education recently created an exciting and interactive way for us families with children to to get outside and explore. Taking place at many of our many amazing local area parks here on the North Coast, Redwood Edventure Quests are basically scavenger hunts that are lead by interpretive clues. Participants can pick up brochures containing the clues at each of the participating park’s visitor centers. These clues lead participants through the park to where they eventually find the “final phrase” which can be brought back to the visitor center in order to receive an actual Redwood Edventures Patch. And let me tell you, having been a girl scout myself I personally know the significance of a patch and it is indeed great… but we all know the experience that comes with it is usually much greater. Redwood Edventure Quests offered exactly that, theexperience of the redwood coast.

These quests are easy, fun, and educational for all ages. They usually last about 30 minutes to an hour. The Quests take place at 17 different park locations throughout the North Coast ranging from as far south as Richardson Grove, all the way to Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park in the north. Participants, both children and parents alike, get the chance to really observe the natural environment here and get to know about the flora and fauna, geology, animals, and natural history of the area.

For a map of participating park locations or for more information visit:

www.redwood-edventures.org.

If you are planning a Redwood Park vacation or a Humboldt County vacation in general and would like to take part in the Edventure there are several vacation rentals near participating parks. Available are several vacations rentals in Trinidad as well as Crescent City vacation homes located close to the northernmost Quest locations as well as others further to the south such as the vacation homes in Ferndale. There are many other Humboldt County vacation homes available throughout the entire North Coast region. Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals even offers a couple of spectacular vacation homes super close to Redwood National Park which is definitely an Edventure Quest location not to be missed. Here are links to just a few of these Humboldt County vacation homes and Redwood National Park vacation homes…

Prairie Beach Home – Beautiful Farm Setting wth Ocean & Beach Views & Access

Upscale & Authentic: Stone Lagoon Cabin-Gaze at Wild Elk, Hike to Beach

New Crescent City Beach House! Ocean & Beach Out Front Door! Great Views!

Trinidad Village Retreat – Great Sunroom and Patio – Walk to All

To see additional listings of Humboldt County vacation rentals that are available visit www.RedwoodCoast VacationRentals.com. You can view photos of vacation homes, see maps, check rates and availability and make your reservations online today. Come and explore the Redwoods with us (and earn some super cool patches too)!

 

TRINIDAD TO CLAM BEACH RUN: A SEMI-CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY

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That is right! This now nationally known race which began as a winter training run for Humboldt State Track and Field runners many years ago will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this coming January 2015. This 8 ¾ mile run actually begins about 2 miles north of the town of Trinidad CA, which for those of you that are unfamiliar, is a quaint seaside village located directly off of Highway 101 about 285 miles north of San Francisco. This former whaling village sits poised atop a rugged stretch of the Northern California coastline and is recognized for its breathtaking scenery, its many pristine beaches and of course the majestic redwood forest that surrounds it.

396220_10151244055405182_1287427279_nThe setting definitely makes for a spectacular run location but the Trinidad to Clam Beach run also boasts a very unique course as well. The varying topography of this race includes paved road with zero incline, slight hills, packed wet sands, and even a river crossing at the mouth of the Little River at Moonstone Beach where runners ditch their shoes and go barefoot during the remainder of the race. After the river crossing, runners continues along Clam Beach to the finish line at Strawberry Creek where they are greeted by a huge bon fire which warms their toes just perfectly after having drudged through the chilly river water.

All of this fun is sponsored by the Greater Trinidad Chamber of Commerce and profits from the run support the Chamber’s scholarship fund. Registration postmarked or paid online on or before Dec. 31 2014 is $25. Registration made Jan. 1-Jan.28, 2015 is $30 and the weekend of the run (Jan. 30-31, 2015) registration goes up to $35. And don’t worry if 8 ¾ miles seems like a bit too much for you, a 3 mile and 5 ¾ mile run have been added. The course starting and ending points vary slightly for the shorter runs but allow runners of differing levels a chance to participate in this great event. The start time as well as the date of the run is determined by the height of the tide but this year the race is being schedule for Saturday January 31st. For more detailed information visit www.TrinidadToClamBeach.com

And remember if you are coming from out of the area to take part in this epic run and are still searching for a Trinidad CA vacation rentals, Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has several vacation homes in Trinidad as well as in the nearby surrounding areas. We can surely help you find a Trinidad vacation rentals that suits your needs best and conveniently locates you near the run’s course. As a leader in vacation rentals in Northern California, Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals offers the most comfortable, luxurious, and breathtaking homes Trinidad CA has to offer. Below is a list of links to vacations homes in Trinidad. You can click on the links to get more information, see photos, check rates and availability, and make reservations online today. Let us surround you in the pristine splendor of the Redwood Coast during the 50th Annual Trinidad to Clam Beach Run!

Clam Beach House 3 bedrooms, 2 ba, ocean and beach view, walk to huge beach!

Trinidad Village Retreat – Great Sunroom and Patio – Walk to All

Harbor Heights – Ocean & Bay Views with Beach Trail and Jacuzzi

Seawoods Farmhouse 2 Bdrm home on 5 acres, short walk to Patricks Point Park

Seascape – 3 Bedrooms at Trinidad Harbor + Suite

Westgate-Japanese A-Frame – Ocean Views, Hot Tub, Large Deck, Privacy

West of Haven-nestled in the redwoods near moonstone beach

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TIME TO GET CRACKIN’ – CRAB SEASON ON THE NORTH COAST AND EUREKA’S 1ST ANNUAL CRAB CRAWL FESTIVAL

TABLE_crabsThe winter months are typically a slower time of year for tourism here on the North Coast. As the rain sets in and the colder weather patters prevail we see less and less out of area visitors trickling in. However making the journey the Humboldt County during this time of year can be great for many reasons. Some folks come to the area specifically during winter months for whale watching, which is best during late winter (December-January). Others come during winter in order to avoid the summertime crowds that are drawn to Redwood National Park and other local area State Parks. They come seeking the increased solitude that winter months offer as this is typically a quieter time of year for exploration in the parks. And if you happen to be a seafood lover, yet another great reason to visit the Humboldt County during winter is for the Dungeness Crab.

Yes, this delectable crustacean’s name may come from a port that is located in the state of Washington, but the Dungeness Crab is a world renowned delicacy heavily associated with the local seafood industry here on California’s North Coast. December 1st officially marked the first day of the 2014-2015 crab season and Eureka’s port, the largest between San Francisco and Puget Sound, is already alive and bustling with activity centered around its commercial crabbing boats. The season will run all the way through July 2015, but it is during the height of this year’s crab season in February, that Eureka Main Street will be celebrating this North Coast delicacy with their first annual Eureka Crab Crawl Festival.

This 3-Day event will be held in Downtown and Old Town Eureka from February 6th-8th, 2015. The first evening of the festival (Friday the 6th) will be organized somewhat like an extended happy hour with many different restaurants and businesses featuring seafood specials and crab-themed cocktails. Saturday February 7th will switch into full-blown festival mode. Street vendors will be offering a variety of food choices. There will be music, crab related education, activities and demos, and of course a beer and wine garden featuring many of our local award wining micro-brews and wines. On Sunday the 8th the festival will culminate with the Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum’s annual crab feed being held at the Adorni Center which is located right on the waterfront in Eureka. This event will surely be fun for the entire family. It is so great to see this local treasure, the Dungeness Crab, being showcased in such fun and major way. Although this is only the first of what will be an annual event, I can already say with confidence that the Eureka Crab Crawl will surely be one of those “not to be missed” reasons to travel to Humboldt County during winter month in years to come.

And also, for those actually lookingDawn-at-Woodley-Island-480 to go out crabbing, Eureka’s Woodley Island Marina offers many sport crab trips. These trips generally last two hours and departure times can vary depending on the tide. The following is a list of several available charters:

Reel Steel Sport Fishing (707) 442-7115

Green Water’s Shellback Fishing  (707) 845-9588

Full Throttle Sport Fishing (707) 498-7473

So if you are planning a Humboldt County Vacation and would like to take part in the crustacean celebration and need a place to stay in Eureka that is close to Old Town Eureka, Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has several spectacular waterfront properties available, as well as many units right in the heart of historic Old Town Eureka. Some of our properties even have crab pots provided on site for guest use…all you have to do is bring the bait!

We at Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals pride ourselves on accommodating you in the most comfortable, luxurious, and breathtaking vacation rentals Humboldt County has to offer. Below are links to just a few of our many Eureka vacation rentals. Click to see photos as well as to check rates and availability and make your reservations online with us today …..

Oyster Beach Escape on 14 Private Acres & 1 Mile of Beach

The Loft @ Oyster Beach – on 14 private acres

Mid Century Beach House @ Oyster Beach

Bay Lights on First Street in Historic Old Town, Eureka

Old Town Eureka’s Only Modern Loft! Crafted with Salvaged Redwood – Inspiring

Shell Cottage on Humboldt Bay in King Salmon – Dock in Backyard! Clean & New

Euro Flat – Beautifully appointed, European-style flat in Historic Building

New! Elegant French Apartment in Old Town Eureka featured on HGTV

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