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California Western Railroad (Skunk Train)

Creek along RR Tracks

Tall Trees - a person can easily stand in hole


Train at Picnic Area

Work Car

View from open-air car

Golden Rule RV Park

Mule Deer visiting RV Park

Thursday, May 10, 2007, we drove north on highway 101 to the small town of Willits, California. It was only a couple hours drive. We arrived early in the afternoon at the Golden Rule RV Park, which was about 6 miles south of Willits. This small RV park was down in a valley, below the highway so it was very quiet. We had nice shade trees with a canopy over the picnic table. Friday, I got some laundry done and cleaned up the scratches on the side of the motorhome. I then painted the spots with the touch-up paint.

Saturday, we drove about 35 miles with the Jeep up and over the mountains to the town of Fort Bragg, which is right on the Pacific Coast. Fort Bragg is the boarding location for the California Western Railroad, also known as the Skunk Train. It got this name because of the smelly fuel it used to burn in the early days. On the weekends they use a steam engine, so that is the reason we are taking this trip on Saturday. It was about an hour and ¾ to the Northspur picnic area where they turn around and return to Fort Bragg. The scenery was mostly pine and redwood trees that were very tall but where new growth trees. Back in the early logging days this area was clear-cut for lumber so the trees where not as large as you will find in protected forest. It was a nice ride but I think Carol and I both agreed that we were spoiled by the scenery we have seen on other train rides. Also, Carol somehow lost her watch. She had it in her pocket and when she pulled some things out of her pocket, it must have fallen out. We went back to look, but no luck in finding it. That kind of spoils the trip also.

Sunday, Mother's Day, we decided to stay at this RV park an additional day since it was so nice and quite. Monday we are heading to the Redwoods National Park, which is on the northern coast of California.

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