Thriving in Duckberg


Like most of my friends, we grew up with Donald, Scrooge, Daisy, Huey, Dewey and Louie. Somehow they never aged.

They lived in the state of Calisota and the town of Duckberg. In the comic books we would even see an actual map drawn of the area.
THIS IS DUCKBERG, CALISOTA            THIS IS EUREKA, CALIFORNIA
Duckberg                                                               EUREKA Duckburg
I never thought I would visit Duckberg, but here I am. This is where the Donald Duck cartoonist created his phony state and city. See if it looks like Duckberg to you.

This yearly June trip to Eureka/Arcata/Humboldt State University has become a “thing.” A thing I start thinking about in April. With each one degree rise in temperature my longing for this place also increase by one degree. It’s 108 degrees at home, 64 degrees here. Now you understand.

Climate has always been near the top of my list in where I choose to live. Of all the states and cities I’ve lived– this place is my “climate” choice. The high temperatures average 55-65 year round. The lows average 42-52. Hottest temperature on record was an 87 in 1886 (And that was in October). Lowest temp recorded was 20 degrees back in the ‘80s.

Location is also important. This is about as far north in California as one can get. Just 100 miles from Oregon. San Diego is a 12 hour drive, 775 miles away. Yes, it’s a big state.
EUREKA Map

Seattle is a 10 hour drive and Portland less than 7 hours.

It’s small town living with big town amenities. Classical musicians, a nice symphony, jazz, blues, country all doing fine. Theater and Dance. The same touring acts that play down south play up here.

And then there’s these things where I walk every morning:
EUREKA RedwoodsEUREKA Redwoods2

This morning I took these pictures:

(My Title)    PERFECT MARRIAGE
Perfect Marriage

(My title) MENAGE A TROIS TWICE
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And then there’s these kinds of houses everywhere.
EUREKA Carson MansionEUREKA Pink Lady

Shopping is also a kick in areas like this:
EUREKA Old TownEUREKA Old Town2

And last, but certainly not least there’s this stuff:
EUREKA Samoa Bridge on Humboldt Bay

Someday this might be my new home.
Someday.

About bakoheat

Writer/Musician
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One Response to Thriving in Duckberg

  1. fiddlrts says:

    Having just spent a few days up in Prairie Creek Redwoods, I understand the appeal of Eureka (which is a delightful town…) A bit too much fog for me, though. Must be my sun-craving so-cal roots showing.

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