We spent a second day in the Fort Bragg/Mendocino area. Halfway between the two towns, in Jughandle State Park, we hiked the ecological staircase. Because of the area's unique geological history and erosion, each 1/2 mile hiked on the trail is like stepping back another 1,000 years in history. The trail ends in the Pygmy forest, where trees and shrubs are stunted by the nutrient-poor soil. A 100 year old tree that usually stands 150 tall may only stand 6 feet tall in the Pygmy forest.
For the rest of the day, we decided to board the Skunk Train in Fort Bragg for a tour of the Redwood forest in the area. The old fashioned cars took us through a secluded area of the forest, only accessible by the train. We stopped at a camp deep in the woods for a bar-b-que cook out.
Also in Fort Bragg, we stopped at the Glass Beach, where the ocean has turned an old garbage dump into a beach with buffed, round edged glass pebbles of all colors.