I counted the number of bridges I cross on the way to work, and there were more than I expected: 11, to be precise.
Here they are, in the order I cross them going workward:
1. The one-lane, redwood bridge. It looks flat in this photo, but is actually quite steep. You have to hope you don’t meet your neighbors here. Heading west, toward the ocean, there is a curve as soon as you get off the bridge, and when I go around it, I often find the wild turkey family hanging out there.
2. Salmon Creek bridge. The ocean is on one side, and presumably there is a creek on the other. It has this spectacular view:
3. Albion River bridge. It’s the only wooden bridge left on historic Highway One, and those of us who live here generally consider it to be the symbol of Albion (aka Hooterville in these pages):
4. Little River. The bridge is as small as the river, which is really more like a creek. Blink and you’ll miss it. Here you see it as a hang out spot for Canadian geese instead of wild turkeys. I brake for birds!
5. Big River. This is a magical place to me, where the river meets the sea. When I cross its long curve, I breathe deeply and think, “Big River, fill me with your energy”. I exhale as long as I can as I drive off it. It’s an important part of getting ready for my day, maybe just another of my superstitions, like always carrying my Mouse with me.
6 and 7: The two bridges north of the Village. If they have names, I don’t know them. I do know that you should be careful about both of them if it’s been raining. Drive slowly. They both tend be floody, especially number 6.
8 and 9: The two bridges of Caspar. Again, I don’t know if they have names, but what I said about bridge 6 in the rain goes double for bridge 9, the last one before you hit Fort Bragg, aka the Big Town. Water can be much deeper on bridge 9 than you can tell until it’s too late.
10. Hare Creek. There is actually a trail that goes to a beach, though you’d never know it from the highway:
11. Noyo Harbor. The last bridge before work:
Noyo Harbor is a busy working harbor, with lots of fishing boats going in and out. You can buy fresh seafood in the harbor, and the view is beautiful. All in all, not a bad commute!
A YEAR AGO: Dental pain. In my mouth and my wallet. Hard to say which was worse. Fun fact: I just finished paying off that root canal!
FIVE YEARS AGO: Fun at the Fair, with two Ericas and one Ben.
TEN YEARS AGO: A lovely day in the Village. I still miss Schatzi. And Star.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO: Seeing signs everywhere.
TWENTY YEARS AGO: Heading to Amsterdam to visit my dear friend A.