Catching up…
On Wed, the 27th as we drove into Eureka, I looked at an app I’d found called “BringFido” and a website dog-friendly.com. I was looking for motels that were dog friendly in Eureka. There were about 6. The ones in the price range I wanted to pay — about $80 — were near Old Town Eureka. I remembered being there with Cynthia a few years back and how cool it was. So, I started looking at reviews for these motels on these dog-friendly references. They were all 1-2 bones out of 5 bones. Comments like, “never been in a dirty one of this chain before”, and “the sheets and towels were not only stained, they had holes in them”, and “the front desk staff told us to bring everything in from the car so that the local meth addicts who wander the area at night wouldn’t be tempted.” Hmmm… definitely not what I was looking for. So, I looked in Arcata, across the bay and the home of Humboldt University. The motels near the University were not much better according to dog owners. North of town there was a cluster that got 3-4 bones. No comments of dirt, holes or roaming addicts. So, we headed for north Arcata. The Best Western got the best reviews, actually has a fenced dog area, and had no dog-friendly rooms left. I asked them who they’d recommend? There were two others near by, Days Inn and Red Roof Inn. They said they send people to the Days Inn and would NOT go to the Red Roof Inn. Don’t know why I didn’t ask why… Anyway we went to Days Inn. They didn’t have any singles left so we took a double. After all there are two of us and Sherman may want his own bed… Got the paperwork done and the bill was $180! Yikes! I just paid it. (Good thing I had a successful pottery sale by donation as I was leaving.) I had some computer work to do for myself, 2 friends and a 2 clients. I wanted an internet connection I could count on, a desk at which to work and a roof to work under. Bed and shower were not on my want list that day. Had taken a shower in the morning and the bed in the van or tent was perfectly comfy!
It was now 6pm and Sherman needed a good walk. I wanted to go to the Arcata Community Forest. We’d hiked in it when here before and it’s spectacular. A lightly managed 2nd growth redwood forest filled with trails, frisbee golf, benches, and amazing redwoods and supporting cast. It was logged about 100 years ago. Those stumps are HUGE. Some of them are a good 8-10 feet across. The current trees gets maybe 4-5 feet across. We went for a lovely hike.

These rectangular holes are where boards were inserted for the loggers to stand on. Can you imagine cutting down a tree this big with a hand saw? These men were a different sort of creature than the circles I move in…

And glad to see the Ents are also alive and well in the Community Forest near Humboldt University. 
Back at the Inn we had dinner, then Sherman went to bed — on his own bed — while I went to work. I was up til 2:30am. When I went to bed, Sherman left HIS bed and came over to MY bed.
On the 28th, we were up at 7:30 and back to work. Checkout was 11. I owed Mr Sherman a good run. So I looked for dog-friendly beaches. There was one at the end of Samoa Rd with great reviews. We headed the 30 minutes to the coast and out to the tip of a long peninsula. At the beach the waves were breaking and foaming yellow. Not only the foam, but there was a thin crusty yellow layer on the sand left from high-tide. Definitely not what I wanted Sherman to play in. So we went to the inland side and all was clean. Off the leash he went and ran, ran, ran. I wanted to return to the Community Forest, so after an hour beach run we got in the car and headed to the in town woods. Got there about 2:30 and again off the leash happily running on the trails. We were water breaking on a bench when Sherman started to bark and posture at something on the trail. I got up and he went down the trail barking and bouncing at a man who was stretching his leg with his heal up on a tree. I walked down and as I got close Sherman decided that he was ok. We talked a while and I mentioned that I was a potter. He too threw pots. I showed some photos. He tried to, but had deleted them all from his iPhone to make room. (The curse of owning a 16gb iPhone.) I invited him to walk and talk. Off we went…
We had a great walk. He knew the forest very well. Both logistically and botanically and led the way through a maze of trails pointing out many of the indigenous plants in the redwood plant community. One thing he told me about was a pottery community in town The Fire Art Center. I know I want to visit them tomorrow. So, where to stay tonight?
Another website I discovered that’s been very useful is freecamping.com. It a crowd sourced map of free sites. Some are actually not free, but $10 or under. These are mostly BLM campsites. I found one about 30 minutes outside Arcata in the Six Rivers National Forest at East Fork Compground. Drove out there and found a great spot on the river. Cost $8. Yep last night $180. Tonight $8.
On the way we took a 30 min drive down an alternate bike trail road that looked promising. Didn’t find a place to camp. Just this cool old bridge. 

Forgot to take a river picture. But I did take a pic of the sign…

And a cool rock formation while walking Sherman.