New Years Eve in Humboldt County

A crowded beach day in Humboldt County...
A crowded beach day in Humboldt County…

Moonstone Beach
Moonstone Beach

Moonstone Beach
Moonstone Beach

Moonstone Beach
Moonstone Beach

Moonstone Beach
Moonstone Beach

Luffenholtz Beach County Park
Luffenholtz Beach County Park

Luffenholtz Beach County Park
Luffenholtz Beach County Park

Trinidad, California
Trinidad, California

Trinidad, California
Trinidad, California

A Rainy Day in Trinidad, California

Looking south...If you come to Trinidad, just know that you’re more than likely going to encounter some wet grey days.

When the sun does come out, it’s glorious!

But you aren’t guaranteed sun every day, or even every other day.

Some days it’s just grey, and wet, and a little dreary…

And if I can find some beauty on those days? Then I know I’m doing something right!
Looking south from Houda Point
Looking south from Houda Point, towards Arcata and Eureka, California.

Ferns and Moss
Ferns and moss on the black rock this part of the California Coastline is known for.

Luffenholtz Creek access to the beach
Trinidad Head is almost completely obstructed by fog–you can just make out the base of it, in the distance. This was shot from the Luffenholtz Creek access to the beach below.

Luffenholtz Beach County Park
Above Luffenholtz Creek access to the beach.

Raindrops on Wildflowers
Raindrops on one of the few remaining wildflowers, even though it’s the middle of winter here.

There are still a few wildflowers left, even in December.
There are still a few wildflowers left, even in December.

Luffenholtz Beach County Park
Luffenholtz Beach County Park

Trinidad, California
Another shot with Trinidad Head almost completely hidden by fog, taken from the south.

Trinidad, California
I think this may be known as Camel Rock…

Carson Mansion and the Pink Lady

The Carson MansionCarson Mansion was built by Northern California’s first major lumber baron, and is arguably the most famous Victorian house in the United States. How many Halloween decorations have you seen, with a haunted mansion that sort of look like they were based on it?

It’s also one of my favorite houses, and I was super excited to see it for the first time, and even more excited to come back with my camera, and finally get some images of it.

Built from 1884-1886, the Carson Mansion is located in Old Town, Eureka, California, right on the water. It was the home of William Carson and his heirs until 1950, when the remaining family left Humboldt County. They sold the Carson Mansion to a private club for $35,000, and the Ingomar Club still exits today, and has done a wonderful job maintaining the house for almost 70 years.

The Pink Lady, sits across the street from Carson Mansion, and was built in 1889 as a wedding gift for William Carson’s oldest son. It too is a magnificent example of Victorian architecture, and is part Queen Anne, with some Eastlake, Italianate, and Stick features, and was designed by the same architects, Samuel and Joseph Cather Newsom of San Francisco.

Carson Mansion, Eureka, California

The Carson Mansion

The Carson MansionThe Pink Lady, Eureka, California

The Pink Lady, Eureka, California

The Pink Lady, Eureka, California

The Carter House InnThe Carter House is a replica of the Murphy House, a home built in 1885 in San Francisco, which was lost in the San Francisco earthquake in 1906. The Carter House was constructed in 1982, using the original plans by Samuel and Joseph Cather Newsom, which had been discovered in San Francisco. Newsom and Newsom are the same architects who designed both the Carson Mansion, and the Pink Lady, and the Carter House is located just a couple of blocks away, in Old Town, Eureka.

Carson Mansion in 1902
This historical image was shot in 1902, by an unnamed National Park Service employee, and shows how the Carson Mansion looked almost 20 years after it was built. Eureka is still a great place to ride a bike!

Trinidad California, Before the Storm

Trinidad, California // Photo: Cheryl Spelts

Trinidad Head, California // Photo: Cheryl Spelts
Trinidad Head, California.

Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse // Photo: Cheryl Spelts
Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse

Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse // Photo: Cheryl Spelts

Don't Park on the Beach // Photo: Cheryl SpeltsLittle Head, Trinidad, California // Photo: Cheryl Spelts
Probably the best plan is to just not park on the beach!

Trinidad, California // Photo: Cheryl SpeltsTrinidad, California // Photo: Cheryl Spelts
Little Head is the miniature cousin to Trinidad Head.

Must Love Fishing // Photo: Cheryl Spelts
These guys must love fishing to brave the wind and cold, and later the rain…

Trinidad, California // Photo: Cheryl Spelts
The pier in Trinidad juts out between Little Head on the left, and Trinidad Head on the right.

Trinidad, California // Photo: Cheryl Spelts
Beside the pier, between Trinidad Head and Little Head is the tiniest sliver of beach…

Windansea // Photo: Cheryl Spelts

Ocean Cottage // Photo: Cheryl Spelts

Holy Trinity Church // Photo: Cheryl Spelts
Holy Trinity Church

Trinidad Eatery and Gallery // Photo: Cheryl Spelts
Trinidad Eatery and Gallery

Trinidad Bay Bed and Breakfast Hotel // Photo: Cheryl Spelts
Trinidad Bay Bed and Breakfast Hotel

Trinidad, California // Photo: Cheryl Spelts

Trinidad, California // Photo: Cheryl Spelts
Looking north, toward Pewetole Island, in Trinidad, California.

Trinidad, California // Photo: Cheryl Spelts
A very old boat, in Trinidad, California.

Trinidad, California // Photo: Cheryl Spelts

Trinidad, California // Photo: Cheryl Spelts
Little Head from the pier, looking toward the bay.

December Wildflowers // Photo: Cheryl Spelts