• Labor Day Weekend

    by  • September 5, 2006 • camping, summer, vacation • 3 Comments

    Summer is winding down and Joel & I went away from the coast (a chilly 60 degrees) to soak up the last dregs of warmth before things really decide to cool down. We went camping with some newfound friends (and their baby) to a private campsite in a charming one-horse town called Miranda, about an hour’s drive south of Eureka.

    The 8 acre campsite is owned by a family who has installed running water bathrooms/shower, a “kitchen” consisting of a fancy gas grill, picnic tables under tents, a firepit, and various cooking utensils, and two small cabins for the family. Friends of the family are welcome to bring their tent or trailer and just pitch it for the summer; when we arrived it was like a ghost town of camping sites. Soon enough, however, vacationers began to trickle in and by the second evening (dinner is potluck-style) there were close to 60 people gathered to enjoy the Labor Day weekend. It felt like some crazy family reunion–total strangers coming together to have a good time. And we did have a good time getting to know people without any pretense of social etiquette.

    Also, on the way back, we drove by a Buffalo Farm.

    On Labor Day we picked blackberries to make into blackberry jam. Although definitely not as good as Washington State blackberries (the foggy climate doesn’t allow the berries to mature to their full potential sweetness), the jam still came out tasting quite good, albeit partly from the addition of storebought blueberries. Unfortunately, having only made jam a limited number of times, I didn’t realize that the proliferation of seeds would be so high and didn’t have a strainer to separate the seeds from the pulp. Despite that setback, the jam is made and canned and pretty tasty.



    Sarah grew up in Colorado but considers herself a Chinese-Malaysian-English-American. Her favorite thing to do is read in bed, or some sunny spot on a couch.

    3 Responses to Labor Day Weekend

    1. amanda
      September 12, 2006 at 4:41 am

      a potluck with without any pretense of social etiquette….
      i’m intrigued!

    2. Nate
      September 13, 2006 at 5:45 am

      hey j/s…we had a blast with you guys that weekend. glad to hear that you weren’t freaked out by the mass amount of people that you’d never met.

      we’ll be in touch again soon…we’ll have to have you guys over to our place soon. hope you are well!


    3. mcmuffie
      September 15, 2006 at 4:33 am

      Hey- Nate’s mom here. Nice to see Miranda on the web! I certainly enjoyed getting to know the two of you. See you at the camp again next year?

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