We have been at the dock in Eureka for a week, exploring Humboldt Bay by kayak and on land. Humboldt Bay is the second largest bay on the California coast, and resembles San Francisco Bay in that it has northern and southern arms. Eureka is in the north arm, a mixture of industry, shallow mud flats, and sloughs and channels. Kayaking early in the morning, before the pesky wind develops, we have explored the nearby islands, and seen dozens of water birds. We took advantage of a rental car to get to the south slough, much of which is a wildlife preserve, and found more birds, and more varied wetlands and salt marshes.
We owe our stay in Eureka to a weather pattern of very high winds each day, and resulting high seas. Even the local fishermen are staying at the dock. We are secretly pleased that we have had this opportunity to explore.