As anticipated, we've had to wait in port for weather to clear up a few times so far. The longest of these have been in Crescent City and Fort Bragg.
We waited out gales in both towns, and took the opportunity of a few shore days for some sightseeing. Crescent City is located at the edge of Redwood National Forest, so we went on a hunt for giant trees. ON our first outing, we cycled to Crescent Beach and onward to a lookout point. It was a tough uphill ride, and we never saw any big redwoods, but it's beautiful countryside. We also saw the local surfing competition as we rode by on highway 101.
The next day we took a one dollar city bus ride to Klamath, part of which was through the forest of redwoods. We rode the loop back to town and on the return trip it was just us, the knowledgeable driver and two park rangers. We got an excellent bus tour for a couple of bucks. Never underestimate the possibilities on public transport!
In Fort Bragg, we were actually moored across the river from town, so for the first few days stayed close to the local area. There's a campground nearby, and we saw deer in the woods not far from the road. We found the local grocery store, a great market with an excellent selection of local and organic foods, as well as a pizza joint. We also found the us stop to catch the, also one dollar, bus to town.
After a few days, we decided to head into town, and since we missed the hourly bus, we decided to walk. It was a windy long march up the highway, but we found a nice cafe for breakfast and wifi, and finally made it into town. Fort Bragg's downtown is a quaint, funky locale, totally not what I expected after the commercialism of the highway. We wandered the shops and had a pint at the North Coast Brewery's pub before catching the bus back to the marina area.