I ran early in the morning, making the walk around Fort Humboldt perfect for my sore legs!!
Once through the lumber museum, I headed out across the Fort Humboldt grounds, imaging the hundreds of mules and men as they loaded up supplies brought in by ships and took off for places further north to deliver their wares.
The large building above on the left above, was the Hospital. Mostly men died from apoplexy (stroke), consumption (tuberculosis) and drowning. I wonder if they thought this was a good life, or if they hated every minute??
Built in 1853, this Fort wasn't built for the long haul ... it was strictly to help mediate the Indian-Immigrant wars. Unfortunately for the natives, when the Federal Troops left for the Civil War, the State took over, resulting in the deaths and resettlement of most, if not all of the Indians. Many of those injured were treated at this hospital, which has several exhibits inside that you can wander through.
Every good hospital had a backyard garden for herbs, since medicines were not readily available. Just walk out back and pick some johnny-jump-ups to cure your ills.
Totally depressed over the fate of the natives here, my stomach finally took over by reminding me it was way past lunch!! In my last blog I noted there was nothing going on in Loleta ... well come to find out, there is a GREAT place to visit in this little town. Loleta Cheese Company.
These are the two most spectacular white plastic chairs, just because they are placed next to this potted bush.
Everywhere you look there is beauty, from daffodils to poppies to lavender and ground cover.
I made another quick stop on the way back home at Fields Landing boat dock. You'd never know it was there unless on a whim, you took an offramp just to see where it went!! It's all about the adventure!
My last stop was at the College of The Redwoods Botanical Gardens that turned out to be a truck driving school!! While watching a poor kid learn how to back up, these babies cruised by my car. They were so still, I initially thought they were statues ... until this one got an itch!!
This little buck followed two does right past my car, giving me lots of opportunity for pictures.
It was a long day, but I wasn't going to pass up dinner with friends Nick and Terry Russell at the Samoa Cookhouse. This place has been in business since the late 1800's, serving timberbeasts, zooglers and tourists ever since.
Back at the rigs, I was invited to check out Miss Terry's weaving projects. Man oh man ... this lady is talented!! I don't know if you've ever seen a loom before, but it's crazy complicated and results in the most amazing intricate patterns you've ever seen. Maybe Nick will do an entire story on the weaving process, because it's fascinating ... and something you never really think about when you buy something as simple as a washcloth!!
Stay tuned ... I'm off to more adventures further North today!!