It took me several trips to Timber Cove Inn (Just a mere 15 minutes north of the fort on the Pacific Coast Highway) in order for me to see the historically significant and National Historic Landmark Fort Ross since it is only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. But the wait was definately work it. Perky Park Interpreter Lindsey Elliott start us off with a very interesting talk about Fort Ross, it's beginnings and what it was like to live in the Russian trading post 200 years ago. We walked around the various buildings: church (amazing) sleeping quarters (ocean view!) and my favorite the "Magazine" building, built to house all the goodies that people traded over the months of hunting and gathering. Fur pelts, fabric, beads, moonshine, you name it. Inhabitants back in the early 1800's included Russians, Kashaya Pomo, Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo indians, Alutian and Kodiak Islanders and finally Creoles - the children of Russian men and Native American women. The sole purpose of this fort was for the Russians to find food and pelts for the Russian outpost in Alaska as their food supplies were scare. FUN FACT: The last Manager of Fort Ross was Alexander Rotchev. Timber Cove Inn honored him by naming the restaurant "Alexander's".