Monday, June 22, 2009
Searching for the Strawberry
We went for hike up to Strawberry Rock which is just outside of Trinidad and is conveniently located on private logging property. I really don't think they care if people trespass because it is a really popular place to go hiking and I have never heard of someone getting in trouble. Took us awhile to find the actual rock, there are no trail signs and we had no map and no idea where we were going. We just thought well its a rock you can see from the beach lets just go up hill until we find it. After only one turn around we ran into a few other people heading that way (more trespassers) so we tagged along and made it in no time. It was windy and warm at the top with a beautiful view all the way from Trinidad to Arcata and a little north. The ocean was still caked in some fog so the horizon blended into the ocean and was hard to tell them apart. What a great hike! It was pretty secluded because its not an actual park so not to many people know about it, mainly locals, we wouldn't have even found it without someone showing us the way or after many more turnarounds. So if you are ever up in Arcata look up Strawberry Rock, do some trespassing and you wont be sorry!
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?