Northern California is nothing like the rest of the state, and especially during the summer time that is a really good thing. When we left home it was supposed to be 100 degrees, but it hasn't even hit seventy degrees since we've arrived in Fortuna. Another bonus to our visit is that my nephew from Alabama's visit with my parents has overlapped with ours for a few days. We don't get to see him or his family very often but we love it when we do. We've gone on quite a few non-strenuous hikes with him, beginning with the "Russ Park hike" near Ferndale. My kids say that they've done it at least a hundred times, but I think it's more like thirty...or forty.
We also had to visit the Saturday farmer's market in Arcata. My parents have a wonderful garden, so we're not so tempted to buy all of the produce, but we usually have to buy some decadent bakery items, and, of course, I have to check out the yarn booths.
Arcata has a city park with some trails that make you feel like you're hiking out in the middle of a huge forest. And or once, they allowed dogs, so Rowdy got to go along.
And the perfect way to end the day was to play a little scrabble. OK, I admit this wasn't the our actual game.