It's a Wrap

A few final notes from my recent vacation in California...

A different kind of off-leash dog park
This three acre site is privately owned and open to a few folks (and doggies) in the neighborhood during the late afternoon and evening hours.

Only one family at a time is allowed in the park. Participating dog owners help with the maintenance - keeping brambles pruned, pathways mulched, trash collected, etc.

Though not as sociable as a public dog park, it's a wonderful place for owners and dogs to spend some quality bonding time together!

Trinidad Head and beyond
Hiking on the beach and along the coast is always a major pastime when I visit Humboldt County.
looking south to Trinidad Head
The vistas, flora, and fauna are always intriguing; redwood forests alternate with lush green pastures full of dairy cows.
wonderful colors in this melange of fungi, lichen, moss & foliage
looking north from Patrick's point

Of course, it's the people that make any vacation special!

I was thrilled to meet up with Arcata garden designer and writer Genevieve Schmidt. She blogs here and is a fellow member of the Garden Designer's Roundtable.Gen is a talented and thoughtful young woman; I was so inspired by her enthusiasm for all things gardening. She's a crafter and a foodie, too - what's not to like?!

 We were treated to an elegant crab dinner
and a rousing game of hoops

on Christmas Eve by the Glenn-Benson family. These kind and generous folks, neighbors to my sister and brother-in-law, welcomed us like we'd been friends for years.

And finally, a big thank you to Allison, Jonathan, Zoe and Abiba for treating us to such a fun and memorable holiday!
(sorry for the blur!)

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