Eureka !

Catchy name, isn’t it?

And it isn’t this post’s merit. It’s the name of the city where we have been for this past week (well, without the exclamation point). In fact the name is so catchy that there is a staggering 17 (yep, seventeen) Eurekas in the US. The one we stopped, in California, is unique in a few aspects:

– the entire city is a State Historic Landmark, and has a number of well maintained Victorian homes from the 19th century

– there’s evidence that <this> Eureka is the equivalent in the real world to the fictional city of Duckburg (“Patopolis” in Portuguese)

– it is the largest city in the US named Eureka

Despite these attributes, and the fact that we stayed here from Monday to Saturday, we didn’t set a foot on the city and didn’t see  any of it.

And it is a pity, because the city did look pretty from where we were moored (wikipedia has a comprehensive article on the city, which you can check here).

But our stop here ended up becoming quite functional. Adriana had a commitment and travelled for three days. I stayed in with homeschooling plus the regular boat chores and housekeeping. So, all in all, we were pretty busy.

Besides, the Woodley Island Marina, where we stayed, was possibly the most tranquil moorage we’ve stopped so far, and quite a pleasant setting. Moreover the weather has been splendid. So, I guess we were satisfied the way it was.

In a few hours after posting this, we will be casting off once more, this time to our longest passage yet and most notorious stop – but that will be the subject of another post(s).

For the time being, I will let the pictures below tell the rest of the story from Eureka, CA:

The beautiful marina at Woodley Island
The beautiful marina at Woodley Island
The place si home to very capable fishing vessels
The place is home to very capable fishing vessels
And a lot of seagulls
And a lot of seagulls
The setting, plus the splendid weather, offered us a series of scenic sunsets - this one from our slip ...
The setting, plus the splendid weather, offered us a series of scenic sunsets – this one from our slip …
And this one from the marina grounds
And this one from the marina grounds
A tribute to the brave fisherman of the Pacific Northwest Coast
A tribute to the brave fisherman of the Pacific Northwest Coast

 

I can’t emphasize enough how great the weather has been. A high pressure system settled in on this region, pushing temperatures way up. Add to this the slightly warmer waters … it has been really pleasant.

I set the hammock for the first time on this journey - the kids where thrilled
I set the hammock for the first time on this journey – the kids where thrilled

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Today (friday) i put the dinghy on the water and took the kids for a long and fast ride along the canal between Eureka and the bay's bar
Today (friday) i put the dinghy on the water and took the kids for a long and fast ride along the canal between Eureka and the bay’s bar

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We stopped at a beach inside the channel

 

Finally when Adriana arrived, we took Pesto to the nearby fueling station to top off the tanks for our passage

The Englund fueling station - it is rough, but has its charm
The Englund fueling station – it is rough, but has its charm

 

Despite not having visited the city, we are taking sweet memories of our stop in Eureka, CA

 

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