The most prominent feature of Crescent City, CA is the Battery Point lighthouse. The Del Norte County Historical Society says the lighthouse was first lit with oil lamps on 10-Dec-1856, and through a series of ownerships and de-commissions from the US Lighthouse Service to the to US Coast Guard to, now private ownership, the automated electric 20,000 candle-power light has provided a constant beacon to sea-faring traffic. The lighthouse is only accessible via its jetty at low tide. It’s said that a ghost inhabits the residence.
Food. Honorable mention must be given to Abby’s Legendary Pizza. Although I’m not above grabbing an Egg McMuffin (there, I said it), when on the road, I made a promise to myself that I would eat no fast food whatsoever on this trip, no matter how convenient it was or how inconvenienced I was. [The girls, Biscuit and Mocha, always got the Canadian bacon as I took red meat out of my diet three years ago.] Abby’s was a fantastic choice as I made the drive from Medford, OR to Smith River, CA.
For dinner I found the Harbor View Grotto, a local seafood hang-out on one of the Crescent City piers. They have a terrific clam chowder, and I chose the pan-grilled Petrale sole, a local fish, as the entrée. Petrale sole, actually a member of flounder family, has the delicate flavor and light texture of a sole; however, this particular fish fillet was unusually meaty. Delicious. A salad and a glass of wine. Sea lions barked in the background…
The Redwoods Park Service checked me out on the park and, while I can’t take Biscuit on the trails, we have at least three fantastic drives ahead of us today. I’m told there could be other benefits such as whale sightings and elk herds.
I have a date with Jedediah Smith.