Tsunami University

Dad showing off on the Crescent City break showing skills honed on the California beaches of his youth.

Dad showing off on the Crescent City break showing skills honed on the California beaches of his youth.

Our next stop was to be Eureka to spend several days in old town seeing the sights. But the Humbolt Bay bar is tricky in large seas which we’re having currently. Not bad getting in but you have to go out at a slack tide which are poorlly timed right now for hitting the notorious cape mendocino in the early hours. So, we pulled into Crescent City–Yaaa, we’re in California–for an education in Tsunami’s devastating effects. The town’s image and story seems to be centered around the devastating impact of the various tsunamis that have hit the town. Gruesome pictures and interpretive signs everywhere. No where more so that at the Port Marina. In 2011 the whole marina was completely wiped out by the aftereffects of the Japan earthquake. All docks gone, only a handful of floating boats. Through disaster funding, they were able to replace it with a $35 million super duper tsunami proof mega marina. But at about 1/3 occupancy, you feel kind of sad that it doesn’t get some use. But we were loving 1000′ of transient moorage completely to our self paying about half what we would at home. The one scary moment came shortly after Tranquility pulled in from their overnighter from Coos Bay. Unbeknownst to us, the authorities had a tsunami drill scheduled for Tuesday morning. When that siren went off we all looked at each other and said OH SHIT. So much tsunami hype over the past couple days. We were turning on radios, looking at charts, preparing to make for sea. With no one else around it was eerie. Finally I reached the port receptionist who got a good chuckle out of my rather tense question. But it was cause for celebration–disaster averted. Heart-attack-breakfast at the Fisherman’s Cafe–extra bacon please.
It was a great stop and we would like to stay longer to try for a Master’s in Tsunami-ology. But, a window to round Mendocino in relatively calm weather is opening Tues/Wed and then it’s predicted to be rough for many days. So off we go for a 25 hour passage to Fort Bragg. Lucy has her legs crossed not wanting to deal with the Little Grass Mat. She’s loving that we’re in a little different climate though. The sea air has lost it’s bite. It’s just a bit nicer.

Things are sure packed here at the new tsunami proof marina.

Things are sure packed here at the new tsunami proof marina.


$35 Million worth of marina almost all to our selves.  At $25/night this baby will be paid off in no time.

$35 Million worth of marina almost all to our selves. At $25/night this baby will be paid off in no time.

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