So this past weekend was our 9th anniversary. To celebrate we had arranged a weekend away with no kids camping out at a hippie music festival up in Laytonville. Unfortunately, the entire state of California was on fire that weekend, and the smoke level was ridiculous.
So, we kept driving up the coast to Arcata, where the smoke was much less noticeable. We were able to get a hotel room right on the plaza, and enjoyed a lovely dinner. Later we hit a bar for some drinks and so Laurie could regale me with tale of her college days.
The next day we went to the farmer's market and got some supplies - a loaf of bread and some olive spread and fruit, and we went for a hike in the Arcata redwood grove. We found a picnic table in the middle of nowhere and sat down and had a lovely picnic.
Later we drove to Trinidad and found a great little place with cabins - the Bishop Pine Lodge. We then had a dinner in Trinidad at the Eatery, which looked like a dive but wasn't. We topped the evening off by snuggling under blankets and watching bad movies on HBO.
We'll have to see if we can do this again before Anniversary #10.