Day 11-12: Occidental

We spent a month this summer on a 7,957-mile road trip across the country, from the Washington, D.C., area to California and back. I began posting privately about the trip while we were gone. I have kept the original dates on the posts I began writing earlier, but now I’m updating with photos and making them public. Day 11 was July 13; we left San Francisco that afternoon and then drove north to the town of Occidental, where we spent the night before continuing up the coast.

Occidental is a small, charming town in the midst of steep hills and towering redwoods. We chose mostly because it was about the right distance from San Francisco; we just needed an overnight stop on our way up the coast. But we also liked the fact that we could stay in a quaint, historic place there instead of another ho-hum Marriott or Comfort Suites.

The following morning, I visited the town’s Little Free Library to leave a Jane Austen book, and we had an excellent breakfast at a local cafe before heading north toward Redwood National Park.

Bob poses by the sign at our hotel, the Occidental Lodge.

We stayed at the Occidental Lodge, really just a motel, but a rustic one with some character, and dwarfed by the tall trees behind it.

Unfortunately, El Mariachi Cafe, across from our motel, was closed that night. In fact, every restaurant in town that had food our picky son would eat seemed to be closed or fully booked that night. We ended up eating dinner in our room from our stash of snacks.
My husband the librarian wanted his picture taken in front of the public library.
One of two attractive churches we saw in town.

And the other church.
This was part of a large mural on the exterior wall of the local arts center.

The Great American Road Trip, So Far

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