We took the Skunk Train from Fort Bragg to Northspur. It's also possible to depart from the town of Willits. We took a 3pm train and when we arrived in Northspur, enjoyed a BBQ dinner that was included in the price of the train fare. Along the ride, a guy named the Walkin' Blues Man played some tunes - a Big Bill Broonzy, and Tennesee Stud were the tunes I remembered best. There's a full bar on-board the train, though I didn't indulge. It's the ride through the redwoods that's most impressive. At some points on the track, the trees almost seem to close up overhead, forming a tunnel or canopy. There's one tree along the tracks that's estimated to be 1100 years old. There are old cabins along the tracks that were inherited by families of original loggers who were out there in the 1800s. The Skunk Train still serves these people, ferrying them from town to these remote cabins, operating as one of the only remaining "flag-stop" railroads in the nation. I'm neither young nor old, but pretty squarely middle-aged. My girlfriend and I were completely enthralled by the ride and found the experience to be one of the best things we did on our whole two-week vacation. I imagine it would similarly impress young kids.
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