So, I’m looking at the 10-day weather forecast. It’s not good. Sure it’s a dry heat, so is my oven. I love the dry nineties, but I hate the dry one hundreds. My hands get burnt on the car door and my butt fries on the seat. Yes, it’s true, I don’t sweat, but I do bake. Our forecast is horrendous. Bakersfield is expecting 112 degrees.
I check the weather map for the surrounding places I might find to cool off. The closest beach is Morro Bay and it’s going to 102 degrees today with wall-to wall beach bunnies…nope
Los Angeles expecting 100 degrees…nope (100 degrees plus 3 million people)
Phoenix expecting 120 degrees…nope.
Las Vegas expecting 120 degrees…nope.
Death Valley expecting 129 degrees…OMG!
Eureka expecting 72 degree days, 55 degree nights…excuse me!!
How wonderful. We are heading to Eureka at the perfect time.
Eureka, California is 550 miles from Bako, about a nine hour drive. We like to break it up with an overnight in San Francisco. This week is perfect because the great Fillmore Street Jazz Festival is happening so we’ll spend a day enjoying great music and gourmet food and beverages. It’s the largest free jazz festival on the west coast. Over 100,000 people enjoying great jazz and blues from multiple stages over a 12 block area in one of the most unique neighborhoods in the country.
The next day, on to Eureka. Actually we’ll stay in Arcata, just north of Eureka, where Humboldt State University sits. While my wife plays her violin 12 hours a day in a week-long chamber music workshop, I’ll be conducting my own private writer’s workshop. I’m the only invitee. First my day begins on the trail that starts behind the football stadium that meanders through giant redwoods. On each side of the trail is a bubbling creek…stereo rushing water to accompany the magnificence of the giants. I don’t know how far the trail goes because I usually stop and turn around after an hour, probably about four miles one way. I’ll be wearing a sweatshirt in the mid-50 degree weather. (Sorry Bako friends) Then, a strong cup of Chai, some fruit and 10 hours of writing, researching, and some reading. I have made a personal commitment to do my fourth NaNoWriMo novel this November (50,000 words in 30 days) and I don’t have a clue what I’m writing about. I will by the end of my hiatus. As soon as I form the novel’s basic idea, I’ll be able to yell the California State motto while standing on the very grounds named for the motto. EUREKA!