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River Bar Travelers

20131004_183703We started making these smaller soaps for a couple of vacation rentals we’re working with and for wedding favors, and this year I decided to take them to the Downtown Crescent City Farmers and Artisans Market where I hang out on Wednesdays.   Continue reading


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Soapy Days

Thursday and Friday were two soap days in a row for us—60 pounds of River Bars sliced this Sunday morning!  We are replenishing stock after a couple of large orders, a Fourth of July event, and several weekly Wednesday Farmers Market days. Rick says we’ve passed the point of making soap just once a week—and I think he may be right.  I’m thinking quite a few of these summery days will involve soap.

Sandwiched between our soap morning on Thursday and our soap afternoon on Friday, we set out to find a legendary stand of redwoods called the Del Norte Titans. Continue reading


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A Bridge to the Past

I’d like to revisit the Memorial Day post where I mentioned that rain was not uncommon for Del Norte County at this time of year.  As Rick and I were driving over the Hiouchi Bridge last weekend, we reminisced about a rainy Memorial Day weekend from the past.

Until 1989, the Hiouchi Bridge was this rare and beautiful cantilever truss bridge that spanned the Smith River along Highway 199.  Built in the 1920s, it was already scheduled for replacement when its demise was abruptly hastened.  On March 31, 1989 this historic structure suffered serious damage when an overheight, overweight truck crane struck two of the cross frames on its south side. Continue reading


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Rainy Day Gardening and Soap Extrusion

Rainy Day Gardening 

It’s a rainy Memorial Day in Redwood National Park country, but we decided to not be wimpy–it’s not uncommon to have some rain here on Memorial Day weekend–so we trudged out in the drizzle to amend the soil in three new garden boxes.   Continue reading