Mid-March. Still a few months before the summer crush. I thought that might mean some quiet days of reading and hiking, nights of noodling through the Netflix online library, or maybe even a new recipe or three.
Not a chance. I have plenty that keeps me busy during the day (and too many things on my mind at night). That Pina Colada on the sofa is still just a dream.
One of the gnarlier items on my to-do list during these “slow” months are guest write-ups. I am still playing catch-up with folks who stayed as far back as August! Argh!!
As a look as this disparate group that spent time at bnb~hiouchi, especially in this slideshow format, I am more then entertained — it feels strangely like I am looking at a family album. There was wine, grilled salmon, hikes together in the woods, laughs in the hot tub or in the river. Tons of conversation over breakfasts and dinners.
Bob and Barbara shared their love of mushroom foraging and even took me on a foray along the Little Bald Hills Trail. Bob found and later sketched some matsutake and a rare lobster mushroom. He and Barbara kindly left the choice specimens behind — all of which found their way on to a most excellent pizza the following night!
Matt and Michelle shared stories of their days as RNs, entertaining and educating Meg. Me, no way I am going to nursing school. These guys have way more discipline than I could ever muster.
Sherry and Pete shared mellow moments, and wine, on their brief stay. Some people fit so snugly into our home it is easy to think they came with it along. That was Sherry and Pete.
Anne and Billy were our first international guests. Billy outclassed us locals by catching the rare steelhead trout in August, the duly grilled in foil just hours after pulling it from the river. Talk about discipline, he was determined to catch a fish and he did.
Nancy shared here peaceful personality, bringing calm to the bnb, yet she also had vibrant stories of her career and of her many trips to India.
Andrei and Andreea added to my very limited knowledge of Romania. Not just lore and history, it’s a modern place with cutting edge goalsm which these two are helping to build. New tagline for Romainia’s National Tourist Office. Hmm. Romania. I Never Knew.
Brad and Liz were full of surprises. The weather was rotten but they paid it no head. They were here to see the redwoods and they explored the forest in ways I never would have. Our first guests from the south.
Doug and Julie took commitment to the outdoors to an even higher level, braving driving rain to land a 35-pound salmon on a float down the Smith. We shared business ideas, anecdotes, and wine.
Dave and Mary were the ultimate good-time couple. Full of stories, laughter, but with an appreciation for quiet times as well. We took our time over food and yakked on and on. Good people through and through.
Szilvia and Tomas were on a brief trip away from the home front. With the kids in summer camp, this was their time (though I think they missed their kids pretty bad).
Jonny and Suzanne were in from SoCal by way of the Big Apple. Bi-coastal, bookish and all over the music scene, I wasn’t sure they would adapt to the redwoods. Wrong! They fit right in.
Gireesh, Ruchi and Ishan spent their Thanksgiving at the bnb. Their days were packed — drift boating on the smith, hiking Stout Grove, joining us all for homemade pizza topped with Bob and Barbara’s foraged mushrooms (with a big assist from Ishan in the kitchen).
Bing and Sheila came from the Bay Area to check out the redwoods. In spite of the rain and snow, there was no stopping them and their sense of curiosity. Out of their element? No way — they are true adventurers!
Alexi and Susan. Talk about a perfect fit, just look at these two! This was a delayed honeymoon for them. Oh how they brightened up the redwood skies.