Roadtrip: Even more redwoods

PCH today was a bit of a wash-out, as it was super-foggy and you could barely make out the water.  So I turned inland, following U.S. 101 through the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, and then taking a detour via the Avenue of the Giants.  It was a quieter drive than Redwoods National Park, where I had to keep pulling over to let speedier drivers pass; I don’t know why you take a “scenic drive” if you’re just going to zip through it.  Less people, and those that were there were much less likely to ride your bumper.

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Again, the silence in these woods is something else.  It’s got this…muffled quality, quiet not because there’s no sound but because the trees seem to soak it up before it gets to you.  Very serene in the daytime, but I imagine it’s actually a bit eerie at night.  Anyway, it was a good day for it–sunny, a tolerable temperature under the trees (and scorching elsewhere, with the dried-up riverbeds reminding you there’s a drought on), and I needed a bit of a slower-paced drive as changing places every night is making me a bit fatigued.  I also was detouring to meet a friend in the San Francisco Bay area, and needed some extra time to make it through the horrendous traffic.  It’s like NYC, except spread out over a much longer stretch of road.  The ramen place (Ramen Parlor, San Mateo) at the end at least was worth it, with an interesting lobster spin on the usual pork broth.  Mine was garlic flavored (lightly), and the lobster was not really that strong, but manifested more as a lightness to the fatty pork, and the soft-shell crab and two soft-boiled quail eggs were really tasty, unique add-ons.  The regular soft-boiled egg was actually soft-boiled, in that the yolk was thickened but still liquid inside.  The yakitori (not pictured), however, was a mistake, all over broiled and tough.

Lobster garlic pork broth with extra soft-boiled egg and soft-shell crab, Ramen Parlor, San Mateo

Lobster garlic pork broth with extra soft-boiled egg and soft-shell crab, Ramen Parlor, San Mateo

Airbnb was located in the nicest “mobile home community” I have ever seen.  They’re only mobile homes in the sense that they’re prefabricated houses without real foundations.  These are roomy, multiple-bedroom units, not trailers, with beautiful gardens and flowerboxes in the windows, and wooden floors inside, and the first palm trees I’ve seen so far on this drive.  I don’t know if this is a one-off or an experiment in affordable housing, but it was relaxing to stay in.

Mobile homes at dusk

Mobile homes at dusk