They have a saying up here in Humboldt, "The Bay is the Pay". In other words, in a setting like this, way up here in beautiful, rural Humboldt County, many of us forfeit higher salaries in exchange for staying in the area, enjoying the richness that all the natural creation affords us.
Our little family has even more riches than the bay, the redwoods, the river, the coastline. We have our family. Last weekend we gladly got to go to one of the boys favorite Humboldt spots, to see some of their favorite people, Uncle Ryan and Aunt Kassi at their cattle Ranch in the mountains just east of where we live. Oh, it was beautiful.
We held puppies, saw some cows, watched horses whinny and kick about. We jumped on the trampoline, tried the hammock, enjoyed ribs cooked on an open fire, ate apples straight from the tree, and celebrated Kassi's birthday.
These are the moments that I covet the most. Friends, family, the sight of the smaller kids plotting along like little ducks in a row after the bigger kids. Everyone having so much fun, forgetting our cares, enjoying the beautiful, beautiful natural beauty of this place we call home.