Final week Jeff and I flew to Arcata, California for the 50th reunion of the Marching Lumberjacks, the band at Humboldt State College.  HSU is Jeff’s alma mater; he was a member of the band so I used to be as nicely by default.  We have not been again to Arcata because the band’s 20th reunion, so we had quite a bit to see whereas we had been there.

Jeff wished to go to the entire locations he lived throughout his period (1980-83).  We did not lease a automobile for this journey as a result of Arcata and the HSU campus are made for strolling – and stroll we did!  This was the exercise report for Thursday from Jeff’s Apple watch:

We had been going all day lengthy – please word the 14 flights of stairs in addition to the entire steps.  HSU not solely stands for Humboldt State College; it additionally stands for Hills, Stairs, and Umbrellas.  If you’re on campus, you get a exercise whether or not you need one or not.  We arrived on Wednesday night and after checking in, we walked from our lodge to this home:

He lived right here, after which he moved to a special home, after which he and I lived right here for a summer time.  After we left one other MLJ moved in.  That little yellow home went via a variety of band members – I ponder if any present bandas stay there now?

That is the street proper subsequent to the yellow home; Jeff is standing on the railroad tracks which might be now not in use.  They actually had been in use after we lived there…you could possibly inform time based mostly on whenever you heard the prepare rumbling by.

The subsequent morning, we walked throughout the pedestrian bridge that spans the 101 freeway to a different home that Jeff lived in.  We walked down a really steep hill to get to it, and Jeff saved asking “how did I experience my bike up this hill” – he used to experience to campus.  This home faces the freeway that we had simply crossed, but we did not keep in mind it being that near the freeway at all.  Fascinating what you discover on the time versus current day.

We had been shocked to see this one nonetheless standing – it was principally plywood and duct tape when he was there in 1983, and it would not look any completely different from the surface now.  He lived in a tiny alcove upstairs, and shared this home with 4 different roommates – it had one lavatory, in order that was tremendous enjoyable once I went to go to him, LOL.  They’d about 100 plastic cups and I swear each final one was sitting within the sink.  When Karen, one other roommate’s girlfriend, and I visited on the similar time we washed all of the cups and dishes to be good…oh and to have one thing to drink out of.  However the subsequent time we visited and all of the cups had been soiled once more?  We wised up – washed a cup for ourselves and left the roommates to fend for themselves.

Here is his dorm…once more with the hills.  Though, who can complain whenever you stay in a constructing that’s nestled amongst large redwoods?

Stairs on campus.
Extra stairs.  And sure, I climbed them.  I climbed allllll the steps. 
No stairs, only a hill.

I did OK with strolling up the hills, however the stairs winded me.  The final consensus among the many returning band members is that everybody was in a lot better form again of their school years due to HSU’s hills and stairs. 

OK, yet one more statistic:

On sport day we left our lodge at 6:45 am and began strolling towards campus.  A pickup truck pulled up subsequent to us and provided a experience, which we accepted.  YES WE GOT A RIDE FROM A STRANGER.  But it surely was a band member, so mainly he was household.  We stayed out all day for band apply after which the soccer sport, and into the night time for the reunion get together, then walked the mile again to the lodge, arriving near 1:00 am.  That was in all probability the longest and most energetic day I’ve had in many years, and it appears solely becoming that it was at Humboldt State, with the Marching Lumberjacks. 



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