2014 is shaping up to be a great year for walking, hiking, and exploring. I moved up to Arcata on the first and was immediately impressed by the smell of the ocean and redwoods upon arriving in town. My first walk was along the beach, just a few miles from town. I was excited to see miles and miles of open coast, the possibility of walking to my heart's content.
Before reaching town, I was able to spend a little time in my favorite redwood grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Just stopped by briefly to say a quick hello. I am very excited about being able to explore Redwood National Park this year. It was too far away from my old location, now it's just a little ways north. Hopefully, as I get more established and back into the work routine, my weekends will be free to check out the area.
One unexpected development during my first couple days of walking here, was the sight of cows and walking along quiet country roads brought back positive CDT flashbacks. That was a welcome surprise.
On a side note, we are in a serious, serious drought at the moment. The day I arrived in Ukiah after hiking the CDT in early December, it snowed and rained. That was the only day it rained the entire month of December. The same seems to be true here in Humboldt. There has hardly been any rain so far this season, when it usually rains in buckets.