Love train travel as much as you like to kayak? The Skunk Train in Fort Bragg has your perfect day out.
IT'S JUST A FACT: There are few pleasures in this world that can top riding in a type of vehicle or transport that you don't ride in every day. If it is historic or storied or goes through beautiful country, so much the better. But being conveyed in two different ways, that are very much unrelated, might really be one of the world's biggest treats. Think of toodling along on a bicycle built for two and then going up in a hot air balloon. There is such an interesting combo in NorCal, and it happens right outside of Fort Bragg on the Skunk Train's line. Okay, we tipped our hand: The famous train is conveyance #1 in this scenario. And conveyance #2? The kayak. Right? You weren't expecting us to say that. Well, maybe you were, if you looked at the photo above. But trains and kayaks? Not necessarily a partnership that goes hand-in-paddle, for the most part. That's why we're intrigued and we're talking about it.
THE DEAL: You'll get a nice, scenic toot-toot on the Skunky, which is one of the twistiest, redwoodiest trains in all the land, and that's a fact. At Northspur you'll turn to head back, and then the train'll drop you at the Noyo River, where you'll hit the water with Liquid Fusion Kayaking. There's nothing not to say about this except it sounds like a pure barrel of summer-flavor awesomeness. We've never done the Noyo but we're Skunkers for life; we can only imagine getting on the river after the rails is quite refreshing. Cost is $119 for the grown-ups, $94 for kids. All aboard and all ashore, indeed.