I'm staying at the first house that I ever lived in, where I spent the first 17 years of my life (with some interruptions).
I'll not provide much narrative. Here are some pictures, with a few comments. I had put these pictures on facebook too.
This is the house. It has changed a lot, but it's still the same house. Peggy and Latif live there now.
This is the park 2 blocks from the house, where I went an infinite number of times as a child.
This is my high school, where I graduated in 1983. Children are still suffering there now, I imagine.
This is me with Peggy, my de facto godmother and once-upon-a-time 6th grade teacher.
This is Arthur sitting by the window in the dining room, in a spot he sat many times during my childhood. It's strange – all the furniture has changed, the house has been remodeled, but the space still feels the same, and the Humboldt overcast waits outside.
No visit to Arcata is complete without a trip to the Arcata Co-op – the biomagnetic center of the People's Republic of Humboldt.
This is a view from the street of the house on L Street in Eureka, where my dad and stepmom lived during my high school and college years.
This is the Helliwell's house, where David and Vivian live. David was very generous with me (in spirit) during the early 1990s, and I spent some time here.
A salmon we prepared for dinner – David is a fisherman and has ways to get fish.
This is David with his dog, on a redwood stump of a newly cut tree. He is logging some of his land up behind Eureka.
Here is a broken-down excavator (cat) parked where some of the logging is going on.
Arthur brought in the big fish from the barbecue.
We ate the fish. Here are the Helliwell siblings (center two, David and Peggy's kids), Erilynn and Dustin, with their spouses, eating dinner.
That's my visit to Humboldt so far.
[daily log: walking, 5km]