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Road Trip to Humboldt County: Kinetic Race & Redwoods & Everything in Between

  • May 23, 2014 · 7:00 AM
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Please Note: Read ALL the directions carefully below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate Palate.

2) This is a 4 Day Road trip. We will start by driving from LA to Arcata, which is about a 9 1/2 hour drive. I will be staying at Hotel Arcata for 3 nights, checking in at May 23rd and checking out at May 26th.

The 1st Day, Friday, will involve mostly driving up to Arcata and familiarizing ourselves with the area.

The 2nd Day, Saturday, will involve seeing the start of the Kinetic Race. Then afterward we will explore areas in Humboldt County.

The 3rd Day involves visiting more points of interest in Humboldt County, maybe even driving up to Crescent City.

The 4th Day involves driving back down to LA, with two stops for breaks and meals and possibly some scenery.

3) I will arrange for a carpool that will either met at West LA or somewhere in the the San Fernando Valley. I am debating about bringing my dogs with me on my trip. If I do bring my dogs, I could maybe bring along 1 other person with me. If you carpool, please give your designated driver at least $120 or more in CA$H to compensate for gas and car maintenance.

4) I will be staying at the Arcata Hotel. You can call them at: (800)[masked]

The room rates are around $90 and up. I highly encourage you to call and reserve your room NOW, rather than later. Its always easier to make reservations and cancel later. The Kinetic Race is the largest event in Arcata so people tend to book their hotel rooms ahead of time.

If they don't have rooms to your liking, try TripAdvisor for other Arcta hotels: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g29106-Arcata_California-Hotels.html

Just remember, book your room NOW. In fact, do not RSVP 'Yes' for this event unless you book your hotel room 1st.

5) Bring about an additional $200 to $300 in CA$H for food, memorabilia, etc.

I have been wanting to go to the Kinetic Race in Arcata for several years now. If you've never been to a Kinetic Race before, they are basically wonderful contraptions that are supposed to be able traverse both land and sea and are powered by humans. Most of the unwieldy vehicles don't complete the race because they break apart during the course, but that's part of the program because they are supposed to be irreverent and fun.


Since we will be in Humboldt County, the most remote and among the least populated of CA's counties, we will also visit many points of interest including the Giant Redwoods, Orick Fern Canyon (which Huell Hauser loved to visit), and many other road side stops that will be either beautiful, quirky, imaginative or a combination of all 3 adjectives.

This is an event for those of you that enjoyed watching Huell Hauser's CA's Gold. Of course, we will be trying to eat in good local places along the way, but those meals will be based on our itinerary each day. So you must be be adventurous and be able to eat at any place we end up choosing to have a snack or meal at.

Below are the places I am hoping we will get to visit. This is not the the definitive list. If you've traveled with me before on Road Trips, I love spontaneous side trips and visiting unplanned places when I go on road trips.

Bowling Ball Beach

Fort Bragg

Trees of Mystery Klamath

Orick Fern Canyon

Eureka: Carson House, Romano Gabriel Wooden Sculpture, Abigail's Elegant Victorian Mansion

Leggett Chandelier Tree

Piercy Confusion Hill

Weott Avenue of Giants

Arcata Kinetic Sculptural Race


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  • Rita

    Great scenery, great company, great food, great weather. What else can you ask for? I really enjoyed every day of this wonderful trip. Thank you Robert, Eric and Joe, it was a pleasure traveling with you.

    May 27, 2014

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