A Bird and a Banjo

Last weekend Sam and I escaped from the inland heat to the North Coast for some fresh salt air, plenty of fog, and the Humboldt Folklife Festival in Blue Lake, California. We enjoyed a sandwich picnic at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, which provides wastewater treatment for the community and habitat for abundant flora and fauna, including this Great Egret.

Great Egret Arcata Marsh 1

Then we took a stroll at Mad River Beach County Park, where beach combers and gulls appeared unperturbed by the gray day. Finally we made our way several miles inland and found the sun, as well as our son.

Ethan Gunsafe July 20 Blue Lake 1

Ethan plays the banjo for Gunsafe, a local band that just returned from a tour in the Pacific Northwest which included Seattle and Portland.

Gunsafe July 20 Bluelake 1

We enjoyed the music and the warmth before heading back to the fog, and finally south to inland Mendocino County. The thermostat read 86 degrees when we entered our front hall, missing the cold, gray fog.


About Joan Marie Naszady

I am a learner, a teacher, and a naturalist who enjoys being creative!
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