Thursday, June 11, 2009
Adventures through Southern Humboldt
The Summer Art and Music Festival in Benbow (Southern Humboldt) was held this last weekend. This was my first and Nicole's who knows how many trips to this event. It was a lot of fun and really sunny. We only made it to the last 4 hours or so on Sunday, the event started Saturday morning. There were a few bands that were not all that great and dozens of booths selling neat little trinkets, cloths and handmade art/jewelry. The most interesting aspect of the event I have to admit was simply people watching. There was everyone from predominantly stereotypical Humboldt Hippies to straight from LA people. It was a nice mix and everyone was relaxed and having a good time. We left the event early and headed out for a nice campground and a relaxing evening by the Eel River. The next day we spend lounging around the river in a few different spots and eating and drinking coffee in Garberville. By days end and the drive home we were so relaxed and on a cloud that the drive needed to be stretched for as long as possible. Which is why we drove the entire length of the Avenue of the Giants through the Redwoods. What a beautiful drive. The photo on the top of my page is from a random turn out. All in all a very successful weekend in the sun and by the river!
This little plot of dirt surrounded by cinder blocks basking in the sun has taught me a valuable lesson regarding life and food. I shall no longer take for granted the overly simple act of grocery shopping for I have now planted my own food. I can see all the hard work it takes to bring 1 strawberry to the store and how that 1 strawberry should be cherished and not wasted uselessly. This garden was by no means easy or more cost effective than buying all our own organic veggies. We have spent a good deal of money buying supplies and dirt and even waged outright war on the invading snails who want to eat our rewards! The effort and money has been put in, now time to wait for the sweet benefits of our little plot of land. This garden has given us a starting point to further learn how to support ourselves. Now a 6 foot by 4 foot garden is not nearly enough space to grow all we need but we are learning the tools to one day grow all our own crops and have no more worries about chemicals in our foods, where our food came from or how much energy was input to grow what we are eating. All the energy we want to rely on is our backs, brains and the sun! Heres to hoping everyone has the chance to have a backyard garden and learn a thing or two about plants, food and life.
The Garden Retreat Cottage (Home)
Our home is not just where we sleep, eat and spend the down time of our day. It is a retreat from life and worries, a base camp for our explorations of Arcata and greater Humboldt County. A comfortable nook nestled in a beautiful garden to stage our lives as we see fit, free from the constraints of neighbors and lousy room mates. Free from the sound of passing vehicles and honking horns. Free from mean landlords and ugly parking lots. From our garden retreat we cannot see nor hear the road and are thus slightly removed from life outside, even if for just the moment. We are completely content in our 300 square foot castle, not cramped, not looking for anything better and not looking to move away for the time being. I love this cottage because it is the first place I have felt like was a home to me and not just simply a house in a long time. I live with a beautiful woman I call shmoo who is clean, thinks like me and likes my cooking. What more could I ask for?