Mattole Road - Ferndale to Honey Dew
If you ever feel like you want to get away from it all, this might just be the scenic drive for you. Mattole Road, which connects Ferndale in the north to Petrolia and Honey Dew in the south, is a paved but rather rough surfaced road that traverses a beautiful part of the Northern California coast. For me it is a moody stretch of magnificent country that permits me to disengage from the real world for a couple of hours. For most travel writers it is the northern portion of the "Lost Coast." It isn't really lost, but it is a rather remote area, travel is light, road maintenance is not a high priority, and there are virtually no services anywhere along the way. These photographs were taken in the early fall and weather conditions ranged from thick fog to bright sunshine (with the break at Cape Mendocino). That is typical for that time of year. In winter, the storms can make the region seem even more remote and it might be a good idea to ask about road conditions before you head out in a heavy storm. These pictures chronical travel from Ferndale in the north to the Honey Dew Store in the south. (You won't find the Honey Dew Store on many maps and Google doesn't know that it exists, but it is locally well known and an important local landmark.) From Honey Dew you can go on to other interesting places that very few people have ever heard of - for me, on this trip, I headed inland through Humboldt Redwoods State Park to Highway 101, but that will be the subject of another WL article at some point in the future.