Amazing, enchanting, charming…

Those three words describe the city of Arcata, where I am this week. We’ve moved Emily into her dorm (residents’ hall); learned about professional majors; toured the campus and eaten in the Jolly Giant dining hall.

We enjoyed walking thru the town, seeing all the local stores, restaurants and markets. One of the neat things about Arcata is there are no chains, franchises or big box stores. These great people own and work in their establishments, the food is locally grown and very often organic.

Tonight the deer surrounded us as Tara and I made a fire. When Mark brought out our dinner, we cooked it in the fire and ate it right off the skewers. Then we finished off with s’mores. Perfect dinner!

The stars fill the sky…the food fills my belly…the whole experience fills my heart. This charming city is a great place to visit and for Emily to begin her college journey.

From the cottage in the woods,

Aloha,

Denise

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