Cass and Dave and the kids were in town for a few days this week. We had a wonderful visit including a run up to Coombs and a couple of beach days.
Coombs has changed a LOT since I was there last. Granted it has been about 14 years since my last stop there but I have to say I’m not a fan. The old market was a folksy place with local artisans selling their wares. Despite keeping the goats it now it looks like a flea market. New buildings of glass and stucco with zero aesthetic value full of products which are just more made in SE Asia wares. It actually reminded Kelly and I both of the last time we were in Los Algodones, everyone selling stuff out of containers from Malaysia and Indonesia. I suspect it was either sold or has had some capital injection from overseas investors. I doubt I will go back.
We also ran up to Cathedral Grove the same day. I’ve been there several time in the last few years. A nice place to spend a couple hours and if you have never been there it is a must stop. You have to see what a 1000 year old cedar can look like.
This was the first time we walked though the newer trails on the north side of the highway. It is actually the better side. Far less storm damage from the big wind of 1997, has some fantastic root features and some very cool hollows.
Back on our little island we finished up with a nice beach day and a visit to the alpaca farm. I hope the kids had a great time, they looked like they did!