My always booked the hotel which served free breakfast. This Best Western did serve free breakfast. We walked to the hotel lobby for breakfast, and there was a sign telling us to access the side door to breakfast room. On this side door, we had to use our key room to get in. May be it had experienced unregistered guests coming to try its waffles?
There was a self-serve waffle machine, normally we would avoid this type of waffle making because the last few times we didn’t like the batter mix, it’s too heavy and chewy. And looks like many hotels use the batter distributed by the same company.
But today, My told me this batter is different. She said it’s a better batter. Simply, because she saw on top of the waffle machine, it says “Better Batter”
Really! How’s better? There is only one way to find out.
The verdict? Well, it looks like this is really a “Better Batter”, or maybe we were so much “Battered”, we can’t tell the difference!
Arcata is a short stay for us, but the town seemed like a cute little town, judging from our last night visiting the sushi restaurant and this morning looking at the landscape of this Best Western hotel. Here are some pictures My took this morning.
Sorry, Arcata, we have to move on. Bye bye.
The best time to drive along the California 1 is in the morning. You’ve just had a fresh shower, well fed (with “Better Batter”) and driving along the highway with one side the ocean and the other side, the mountains.
The only annoyance for us are road repairs, they were everywhere. This road repair crew was special. Instead of having a worker standing by the road with the sign “Stop” or “Slow”, this crew got an extra car guiding us from one side to the other. In the back of this car the sign says “Pilot Car. Follow Me.”
We drove over this bridge with the statues of 2 golden bears standing on top of the bridge walls at both ends of the bridge. My wanted to take a picture of the bears but she missed the opportunity when we were first driving on the bridge, I told My that you may have the opportunity to capture them when we reach the other end of the bridge. And this was the picture she took at the end of the bridge.
That sure was a golden bear, but it was showing us its butt!
We saw the sign about “Trees of Mystery” along the road side. Curious, we stopped at this place. On the front entrance, there was a statue of an indian riding his horse or mule, and the whole thing was carved out of seemingly a very large piece of tree trunk.
About 30 ft from the entrance was these humongous statues of a man and his ox.
You know how huge this structure was by looking at its foot, there was a real man standing on the boot to repaint it.
There was a group of young kids passing by us, and I heard one kid saying “It’s the ox’s balls.” and another kid said “No. It’s not its balls, it’s the tail”.
I guess they were referring to this round part under the ox.
California is the state of redwood, huge trees that we never saw anywhere. My read somewhere in this place that the redwood is the largest living thing on earth.
The drive-thru tree we saw the other day was an example. Along the highway, scenes of very tall redwood trees are beautiful to look at. These trees can reach 50 storeys tall and live to 3000 years old.
We didn’t have time to take the tour of “Trees of Mystery” since the whole tour would be more than an hour long and it’s too cold to walk in the forest this time of year. We promised that we’d be back here one day in the summer time but now we had to move on.
There was a long section of our trip where the highway is really winding. We saw a sign indicating that the road is winding for the next 22 miles. At first, I thought that this is nothing, piece of cake but the winding left and right was very dizzying, even for My sitting in the passenger’s seat. I had to steer the wheels every few seconds, the highway wiggles right then left and it seems like it never ends. Finally that 22 miles of winding road was over, we were literally “out of the woods”. Not for long though, another sign with “wiggly road” for the next 15 miles popped up a few minutes later. It was really, really tiring…
We found this “Java Hut” in the middle of nowhere. At first we didn’t expect it therefore we missed the stop. We had to drive back to look for it. It was a nice surprise since we were looking for a Starbucks along the drive. But to our understanding, Starbucks can only exist in large cities, but in a small tiny town along the highway, a fancy coffee shop would be non-existent.
We were deadly wrong. This hut serves whatever Starbucks has.
Here is the menu right in front of the hut.
We later learned that this type of java hut existed in many places along the highways of Oregon and also Washington (where Starbucks originated). Our conclusion was that, in terms of coffee drinking habit, Oregon and Washington’s coffee’s taste is more sophisticated than everywhere else in North America.
My walked around this java hut and took the picture of what’s inside the little sub-hut by the main hut.
Apparently, it’s a portable washroom, not for customers but for the person in charge of the hut.
If you’ve got a washroom you can’t hide it from My.
Here are some sceneries before reaching Yachats.
Finally, we reached Yachats. This was our hotel.
The lady at the front desk told My that Yachats was pronounced as “Yaa-Hats”.
I don’t know about the name “Deane’s” but the word “Oceanfront Lodge” works for me.
When we got into our room, the first thing that got me excited was the windows looking out to the back of the hotel. We saw the beach about some 20 ft from the building.
In the room, there was a fireplace. My quickly turned it on, I touched the screen, and we both laughed, it was a fake fireplace, there was no heat coming out.
Before heading to town for our dinner, we went out to the back checking out the beach, despite the windy and chilly weather.
Then we drove to town for dinner. This seafood place was recommended by our hotel, Luna Sea Fish House.
A very nice seafood restaurant. The fish were fresh from today’s catch. No farmed fish served here.