Some Family time!
Trip Start Aug 21, 2009
21Trip End Aug 20, 2010
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The next day after a very good sleep in our massive bed we went to watch Ian play in a soccer match - they won!
Simon: Next day we were taken 20 minutes south to Redwood National Park by Flo's uncle to see the enormous Redwood Trees that surround Fortuna. They are GIGANTIC!! They're the tallest trees in the world, and we saw one that was around 350ft tall (33 stories) and 40ft around! Another (even taller) tree had been blown over about 10 years ago and lay on the floor of the forest, so we climbed all over it! Flo's uncle also gave us a tour of the local area, like the lumber companies that still cut down the trees in the area, and also Ferndale, where they used to live.
We went to downtown Fortuna the next day, and it took us al of 5 minutes to see everything! It's quite a small town, but it's in such a lovely location. Their house overlooks the town and the valley beyond, with the ocean in the distance, and their street looks just like it's straight out of Desperate Housewives! We did go back to the cider factory to watch them make cider and for some more free samples (their Snickerdoodle cookies are AMAZING!)
The next couple of days we did pretty much nothing except walk the dog and sleep till midday!
We got the bus to Arcata for the afternoon and spent the it walking around another small town! It was the largest of the 3 towns we'd seen so far, but most of the shops were located around the plaza area, which seemed to be where 100's of hippies slept, ate, danced, hung out. It had a nice atmosphere though, and the diner where we had lunch was delish (the sweet potato fries were to die for!) but there wasn't very much to do. We ended the day by walking up to the University where Flo's uncle works to get a ride home. on the way we stopped at a great little coffee shop called Muddy Waters, where you could get beer and homemade Mac'n'cheese, and you got a 50cent discount if you bought your own cup
Flo: Friday & Saturday we had the house to ourselves, so we did more sleeping and lounging around in the garden sunbathing! It was so nice to have a week or so just hanging out, relaxing and not rushing around sightseeing, and it was great to see my uncle & auntie & cousins. Sunday night was our last night and we cooked them Lasagne and baked a carrot cake to say thanks for having us, and we said our goodbyes the next morning as Uncle Chris took us to the Bus depot.
Bye for now :)
Flo & Simon xxx