2/3/2014 – Sylvan Harbor

In spite of the rain we listened to on our rooftop overnight, we woke up to partly sunny skies.  After “breaking camp”, we had breakfast at the Minute Cafe in Bandon and then hit the road.  The weather report from Portland’s KPTV-12 said that today would be the warmest day up there and that, starting tomorrow they’d be lucky to break above the freezing point for a few days.  Yeah, we got out of there in just the nick of time.

Our destination today was Trinidad, just a few miles north of Eureka, CA.  Checking through my campground guide I didn’t find the place we stayed in October but I picked a couple others out to program into the GPS.  I went partly by website info, partly by amenities offered and largely by price.  It really got down to a choice between two.  One was the Elk Country RV Resort and Campground.  They offered all the usual hook-ups plus the likelihood of seeing an elk herd grazing on the grounds.  Their cost was $30 in the meadow plus “applicable taxes”.  The other place was about 10 miles closer to Trinidad and is called Sylvan Harbor Trailer Park.


If Lulu and I owned an RV park, this is pretty much what it would look like.  Well, except for the fact that we couldn’t handle owning one in the rain forest or on the coast as the elements are always conspiring to rot everything away from you.  But we’re glad someone is willing to do the work because we enjoy happening across places like this occasionally.

The cost was $29.50 plus tax which brought it to an even $30/night.  That included all the hookups as well as wifi.  The young family that is running the place now recently took over from her parents and are hoping to make a go of it.  We wish them luck.

Besides the RV spots, they have three little cabins to rent:


There’s what looks like an old log cabin on-site.  Not sure if it’s really old or just looks like it.  It abuts the chicken pen and houses various pieces of machinery and such.



The bathroom/shower building is adjacent to the log cabin.  Although there was no heat in the shower area, the water was nice and hot.  And, the shower stall is separated from the curtained changing area by a curb that’s almost a foot tall.  With the shower curtain overlapping the curb by at least 9″, there’s no worries about your clothes and shoes getting wet while you shower.  Doesn’t sound like a biggie but when you’ve used as many public showers as we have, you tend to appreciate the niceties.



And, the garbage receptacle is not just a big steel dumpster.  They’ve dedicated a well-ventilated building to garbage collection.



Inside are rows of receptacles.  All are clearly labeled: “clear glass”, “colored glass”, “milky plastic”, “clear plastic”, “aluminum cans/foil”, “tin cans”, etc.  A very thorough recycling setup.  Granted, not as easy for us as just tossing a bag in a dumpster, but it’s the right way to do it and we applaud their efforts.



I know this blog sounds like an advertisement for Sylvan Harbor but, when you spend the day driving a route you’ve driven a gajillion times before, no matter how pretty a drive it is, the highlight of your day tends to be focused on either food or where you stay or both. This is just one of the places we’ve stayed that really impressed us.

Now, lest things get too serious, let me close with a shot of me sporting my new mellow brim:



Nice, huh?  It looks like oiled canvas but it’s actually some very lightweight cotton/polyester fabric.  The hatmaker (Dorfman Pacific) touts the fabric’s SPF 50+ abilities but really, wouldn’t just about any hat that wasn’t an open mesh have similar properties?  I like the fact that this hat looks like I’ve owned it for years but is actually brand new.

OK, that’s it.



About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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5 Responses to 2/3/2014 – Sylvan Harbor

  1. Jim says:

    Steve and Lulu,

    Check out the little harbor in Trinidad if you have not seen it yet, it is a very unique spot. The coast in that area looks like the background from a Lord of the Rings movie.
    My daughter goes to school up there and she says to stop at Larrupin’s in Trinidad to eat.

    Enjoy your trip.


    • sryoder says:

      We’ll drop down in to Trinidad for look. Probably have to skip the restaurant this time since we both just finished breakfast. We’ll keep it mind for next time, tho’.


  2. Sharon Foster says:

    We agree, really nice hat.

  3. sandy holeman says:

    Love the new hat, Steve. I second the vote for Larrupin’s. We have eaten dinner there a few times with Jeri and Joe. I love Trinidad.

  4. Lindsey thomas says:

    Thank you so much for the nice review! And yes, that log cabin is very old. My parents have been running this place for thirty years, my grandparents 17 years before that, the Massey’s before them, and the unnamed family they bought it from was living inthat log cabin constructed in the early 1900’s I believe.

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