We got back from a week of vacation in Crescent City, CA last night. We met up with Henry’s extended family (the same gang that came to visit last summer) and stayed in a rental cottage just outside of town. I meant to do a little blogging from afar, but I was having too much fun cooking, eating, chatting, arguing, Lego building, beer sampling, and participating in other shenanigans while I was gone, so I have a lot of catching up to do.
I took about a million photos while hiking in nearby Jedediah Smith State Park that I’ll share here as soon as I get them sorted out, but I just wanted to take a second to tell you how much I like spending time with this group of people. Henry’s aunt, two cousins, and cousins’ boyfriends were game for any sort of activity from silly to serious, sedate to strenuous, and they were just about the best vacation companions I could ask for. I’m sure I was the most uptight and self-conscious of the bunch, but somehow, they took me in, and we managed to get along fabulously.
Legos were the major source of indoor entertainment. It seemed like at any given time of day, 2-6 people were working on various vehicles, weapons, or structures. In this family, Legos are definitely not just for kids.
Crescent City is a pretty small town (about 7,000 people, I think), but they have this great big playground with sorts of towers and bridges and fun features to play with/on. All nine of us spent several hours exploring the various perks of the park.
The beach was chilly but beautiful. The dogs came home exhausted.
Ellie and her boyfriend Luke (above) are serious tech enthusiasts/experts, so I took full advantage of their proximity by grilling them for hours about my computer woes. They were so patient and gave me loads of good advice about several different issues from how to fix tiny little quirks on the back end of this blog to laying out the options I may have for setting up my own e-commerce website for my business without spending thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours getting it up and running.
Ellie and Luke are hiking the Pacific Crest Trail next spring/summer/fall as part of Ellie’s PhD thesis on how long-distance hikers are using new technology. We’re planning on meeting up with them sometime next summer to shower them with gifts of fresh fruits and vegetables. I’m hoping someday they might consider moving to Oregon permanently.
Because we were in a rental house with a full kitchen and because we coordinated pretty well about bringing prepared foods and ingredients to cook with, we were able to rustle up great meals every day: goat roast with potatoes and winter squash, yeasted buckwheat pancakes with homemade lemon curd, fried tofu with brown rice, pesto, roasted peppers, and more. I ran across Smitten Kitchen‘s recipe for spicy gingerbread cookies a while back, and I’d been trying to find time to bake them before we left. With all the other things that have been going down for the last couple weeks, I never managed to get it done, but I was smart enough to pack the necessary ingredients to whip up a big batch while we were away (with an actual oven at my disposal). They were foolproof to bake and delicious to eat.
…more Crescent City photos coming soon…
Happy New Year, friends! I have such big ideas for 2013 (more on this later), and I’m entering January full of hope and motivation. I’m wishing you all good health, good food, and lots of love…always.