Caleb standing next to big tree


Quick update. We left Seattle around 9pm on Monday night and drove just past Eugene, OR where we slept in the car at a rest stop from about 1:30am to 7:30am. Not a great night’s sleep, I tell you. After we awoke and got some quality breakfast (read McDonald’s), we set off to see some trees. These are the famed Redwoods of Northern California. I must say, the trees were stunningly grand. They were beautiful, peaceful, and majestic. I could have spent the whole day there just hiking and taking pictures. I would like to go back sometime. I don’t even think we got to see the biggest ones.

After the Redwoods, we drove further south on our way to Oakland to spend the night, but not before we partook of the culinary experience known as the Trinidad Bay Eatery. I was a bit apprehensive at first, but my buddy Tony insisted. But my apprehension was soon turned into anticipation as we read the menu of appetizing seafood, soups, and sandwiches. The waitress was super friendly and recommended the clam chowder as well as most of the sandwiches except for the steak sandwich, which we were encouraged to stay away from. I asked about the “Market Price” crab melt ($15.99 btw), and she was kind enough to warn me that crab was not in season and that it would be sourced from vacuum sealed packages. I so appreciate that kind of honesty. It seems like everyone’s got a spin these days. My motto is “Don’t spin, especially when it comes to food.” Okay maybe that’s not really my motto, but kudos to the server lady that made the world a more honest place today.

Anyhow, several items on the menu sounded delicious but we both ended up going with the Tuna Melt with a cup of clam chowder. The sandwich was excellent and the chowder was solid as well. Definitely recommend this place if you’re hungry as you approach Trinidad Bay Eatery. Afterwards we continued driving for several more hours until we reached our destination for the day of Oakland by around 9pm. We were graciously fed pizza and provided nice comfy couches for us to sleep on. Tomorrow we plan on hugging the coast until we get to Los Angeles.