About Redwood Hostel

Our Little Hostel By the Sea Closes

After nearly 23 years welcoming travelers from across the globe, the Redwood Hostel bid farewell to its final hosteller on the morning of January 18th.

And so we say goodbye…and thanks for the memories.

Kaci, Ryan, Rory & Kailen on the hostel’s final night, January 17th. Rory’s art is a drawing of the hostel and reads, “I love you hostel!” Thanks to longtime Redwood Hosteller, Giovanni Amadeo, for taking this photo.

But we’re not quite done. As the hostel’s final managers, we can’t say goodbye, not just yet. We are going to maintain this blog for the time being, to catch up on posting photos and video from recent times…and, as well, to continue blogging our thoughts until what needs to be said, has been said. The to-do list, thus far, includes: posting photos from our Closure Celebration, a video clip of the Goodbye Ceremony (hosted by Rory) on our final morning, other photos taken by Giovanni Amadeo on his last visit here, a backlog of photos taken over the years that couldn’t be posted from the hostel’s dial-up Internet connection, thoughts on packing up/tearing down/transitions, other thoughts, and, lastly, news of any reopening possibilities.

Our blog is currently hosted by Squarespace, yet we may transition to a free blog service and, if so, will let y’all know. [update: we’re now at redwoodhostel.wordpress.com.]

This post began with a photo of the hostel’s final managers, Kaci and Ryan (who met at a hostel, fell in love and married). Let’s sign off with a photo of the hostel’s first managers, Joe and Christina (who also met at the hostel, fell in love and married!):

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Tonight’s the last night…

Working the front desk tonight, I’ve been thinking of a song by one of my favorite musicians.  On the album Black Sheets of Rain, Bob Mould has a song called “Tonight’s the Last Night”:

Tonight’s the last night that I’ll ever spend with you / And please don’t ask me why ’cause I don’t know

A somber sentiment, sure.  But after 22 1/2 years and probably over 7000 nights welcoming hostellers (we guesstimate over 75,000 unique guests in total during that time), tonight is the last night for the little hostel at Wilson Creek.  The reasons for the closure have been described before, but now we are left with the reality.  For my family, it’s been a great time: four years of meeting travelers and helping them plan their day, four years exploring the beach across the street and all the hiking trails throughout the Parks, and four years of scrubbing the same toilets day after day.  Well, okay, maybe that last part wasn’t so great.  But it was part of the experience.

Some random off-the-top-of-my-head memories from the past 4 years….the power going out for 4 hours on our first day in charge o’ the place….severe storms tonight and the possibility of the power going out tonight…the fellow skateboarding the entire coast from Mexico to Canada on a 6-foot long skateboard….Linda Marie and Craig showing up with a Christmas tree a few days before Christmas one year….Humboldt State’s French class showing up each year, and speaking French for most of the weekend….Humboldt State’s German class showing up each year, and speaking English for most of the weekend….popping “Kind of Blue” into the living room stereo before opening the office….Mike the Spoon Guy biking here with his bucket full of hand-carved spoons….a group of hostellers including 15 or so of the California Conservation Corp singing to our son Rory on his first birthday here….a member of the CCC losing his bookmark and being upset because it was his grampa’s photo (we found it and tried calling the CCC but they didn’t have contact info for you–if you’re out there we still have it 4 years later)….all the many kids playing with our son Rory for a day or two….all the many adults playing with Rory for a day or two….watching Kailen born here–as hostellers were checking in at the office right below us….getting to know all of our great staff members over the years: Cautip, Mark, Matthew, Barbie, Tara, Lezlie, Emily, Andrew, Brandi, Sarah, Kyle, and Chris….all the other hostellers, too numerous to name, who have made working here a fun and rewarding time…and, of course, the thousands of hours of conversations with Kaci on every possible detail of the place: policies like daytime lock-out and length of stay, furniture, wall decor, prices,advertising, recycling, landscaping, purchasing, coffee and candy bars and the foodstore and the bookstore and on and on and on and on. You’re a rock star, Love, and I look forward to whatever adventure we share next (and congrats on the Manager o’ the year award–you earned it).

So, yeah. Thanks for the memories, Redwood Hostel.

– Ryan (with “Kind of Blue” on the stereo right now)

P.S. For those that don’t know, we will be opening our doors one more time.  So there is one last chance for people to come on in and check out the place (or should that be “check the place out”?) before we start disassembling bunk beds and moving everything out.  This coming Saturday, January 23, from 3pm to 8pm, we will have the farewell celebration.  There will be live music, free food and drink, and a history of the settler, pioneer, and hostel history of the area.  We’ll also have a community hour where people with a connection to the place can share stories. More on that here.

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Bookstore closed

It hadn’t really sunk in that we would be leaving our home of 4 years, until earlier tonight when I started taking down the bookstore.  Soon after we arrived, Kaci and I decided the hostel needed a bookstore.  We just didn’t know where to begin.  How do we get the books?

One day while perusing the books up at the Jedediah Smith visitor center, we mentioned our plan to the man working there.  Turns out Jeff ran the many state park bookstores up here on behalf of a local nonprofit, the North Coast Redwood Interpretive Association.  And he said he’d be happy to set us up.

Within a few weeks, the hostel had a bookstore, essentially a satellite store for the NCRIA, offering over 50 titles most of them relating to the natural and cultural history of the area.  For the next few years, Jeff dropped off whatever books we asked for and returned to pick up the deposit. Sure, the hostel never made a penny on the sales, but it supported a local nonprofit, it was a great service for our hostellers, and we got to thumb through the books and guides on the occasional slow night.

Since the hostel is closing we talked to Jeff about the plan for the remaining books.  January 17 is our last night, but for his association’s annual inventory, he noted it would be better to have those books back before the end of the year. And so, earlier tonight I started boxing them up.  Out of curiosity, I decided to count up what I saw on the sales record.  In about 3 1/2 years, we sold approximately 170 books and 120 trail maps.  And yes, there were many more people who just enjoyed being able to peruse.

But now the bookshelves are empty. The books are the first to go, but soon they will be followed by everything else: disassembled bunkbeds and other assorted furniture, boxes of old files, tools, sheets and pillows, et cetera.  And then us.

I guess you could consider starting up the bookstore and closing it down the bookends to our time here.

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Solstice Oxygen

Last night while closing my 10pm shift, I did the usual walkabout the hostel. I wrote a message on the office door, contemplated changing the Quote of the Day (“Life is a book. Those who do not travel read only a page” -St. Augustin), but didn’t, said goodnight to the half-dozen hostellers still up reading thick novels and finishing a raucous game of Balderdash, drained the mucky kitchen sinks and poured another 40 pound bag of pellets into the wood stove hopper.

I also locked the four doors connecting the hostel to Outside. At each door, before locking up, I pushed the door ajar slightly–just 12 inches or so–and poked my head into the night. I felt like a bear, sticking her nose out of the den.

Hmm.

Would a bear stick her nose out of the den on the Winter Solstice eve? Around here, maybe. It doesn’t get quite cold enough for a full hibernation, so the bears kind of “mini hibernate” throughout the winter. Like cat napping for four months. (I, human mother to a newborn and preschooler, am envious beyond reproach).

Outside was instant awake. Foamy waves belly-flopped onto rocks. Sky mist separated the land and sea from most stars, yet even then, at least four dozen Other Suns broke through the fog. Twinkle, twinkle, how small we are. It was cold, but a cold of gratitude. That is, you feel it, and wordlessly give thanks to this cold for –like a bell– alerting you to where you are. Bringing you back to now.

And the air.

When I’d poked my head outside, I took a deep breath of that air. I did not tell myself, “Oh, fresh air! Breathe it in!” Didn’t need to. Just, head poked outside, lungs got the news and pulled in as much air as they could. I had nothing to do with it. At least not the conscious parts. The best I could do was to notice.

The other day, I took a short walk on the Yurok Loop trail with my newborn son in a front carrier, napping as he likes to do. No other humans were around. The rain abated, and only a sheath of mist lingered. I was on the move and outside, so the fresh air pumped freely in and out of my lungs, letting me breathe deeply with such regularity that I could take this for granted. Of course the wilds will always be this accessible. Of course I’ll always make time for a hike. Of course I can always breathe like this.

That was when I made a pact with nature, or if you like, Nature. To be on her side. In a non-dualistic culture there wouldn’t be sides, only one long roll of the tides that carried everyone and everything on it, landing ashore in one piece. But my culture needs to choose. Whose side we’d take, if it came down to it. Are you with us, or against us?

I’d rather not focus on who I’d be against, but I can choose to be with nature, and not for nature’s sake, either. If we left, if humans wiped ourselves out through war or simply attrition, the plants, microbes and non-human animals would survive. Persist. Evolve. They would move on. I side with nature for our sake. I want my great-great-great grandchild to take her newborn son for a hike someday. He deserves at least that much.

A bird swooped down a few feet in front of us and alighted nearby on the branch of a red alder tree. I looked up. This wasn’t just a bird, it was a Spotted Owl. In our human world, the spotted owl is the symbol, the epitome, of the bitter struggle between “loggers” and “tree huggers.” I doubt that this particular spotted owl knew, or cared, about our little fights in humanland. She just wanted to have a look at us. She watched me, I watched her. After a few minutes, I walked away. It was a simple relationship.

That is the Solstice for me. Simple. The sun rises, the sun sets. Sometimes it moves closer to us, other times it moves away. We don’t need to control it, or sell it, or even seek to ‘understand’ it. All we need to do is take notice.

 

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Freewritin’ Crepes

The Open House Party was a blast! A total success with roughly 85-100 people streaming through the hostel this past Sunday afternoon for a tour, homemade berry crepe, cup of lavendar lemonade, or a listen to the amazing acoustic guitarist, Jon Parmentier.

Some chatted on couches. Others played the Redwood Hostel version of Mad Libs. Three people won *new* Redwood Hostel organic t-shirts, and three others won annual memberships to Hostelling International.

Jon Parmentier and his partner, Chris, performing at the hostel’s Open House Party.

We also led a “Travel Writing Freewrite” workshop Tuesday night at the hostel. I was pleasantly surprised to have an enthusiastic group “fill the space” we had set aside in the Common Room for the workshop. Six of the seven participants were in their ’40s and ’50s, and therefore had a long history of travel to draw upon, but never before the opportunity to share. Freewriting prompts included “Describe a place you know well to someone who has never been there,” “The meaning of retreat,” and “Leaving your comfort zone.” We wrote for 3-7 minutes per prompt, and most people read aloud at least once. Thank you, freewriters!

Three more activities await: a “World Travel 101” workshop tonight at the Cresent City Library, “Documentary Fridays Go Hostelling” tomorrow at the hostel, and we will conclude with a Family-Friendly Hike to Hidden Beach on Saturday morning.

We have also had a bit of media coverage through KHSU Radio, the NPR affiliate based at Humboldt State University, KMUD Community Radio in Garberville, and The Daily Triplicate newspaper in Crescent City, which also published Ry’s Letter to the Editor.

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The Return of Frequently Asked Questions

2 1/2 years ago, we posted our Frequently Asked Questions here on the blog. Well, it’s time for an update. Much has changed. Plus, few people are probably scrolling through the 50+ postings (at 5 per page) to get to our FAQ of August 2006. So let’s update.

What is a hostel? (generally phrased as “I’ve never stayed in a hostel—how does it work?”)

We welcome many first-time hostellers and so aren’t surprised when this question pops up. Perhaps you’ve made a reservation because this is the cheapest lodging in the region, but you aren’t quite sure what to expect. Where do I sleep, you may ask. Where do I eat? Do I get to shower in private, or will I be sharing my shampoo with a family from France?

Never fear, for the answers are here. Yet this first answer is the most difficult to define, because a hostel is many things. It’s inexpensive lodging with a complete self-service kitchen, saving you the expense of eating out. It’s a place to learn about the local area and meet travellers from all over the world (in any given month, we welcome people from Ireland, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Australia, Poland, South Africa, Scotland, the United States and everywhere in between).

A hostel has usually had many incarnations. Redwood Hostel used to be the home of the DeMartin family, who raised sheep and goats on this land more than one hundred years ago. Other hostels used to be mansions, lighthouses, military outposts, farmhouses and even castles. They can accommodate 6 people (often in someone’s home) or 600 (often in large buildings in big cities) or anywhere in between.

Fun fact: We are members of the largest organization of hostels, Hostelling International. To be precise, we belong to the Golden Gate Council of Hostelling International-USA. There are roughly 75 HI hostels in the United States and over 4,000 worldwide.

Can you tell me more about your hostel?

We’re a smaller hostel, with space for 28 people, so staying here is kind of like staying at someone’s house. It is one building with a living room, kitchen and dining room, bathrooms, and 5 bedrooms. The living room has comfy couches, a fireplace, books and games and instruments. The kitchen has all the pots, pans, and plates you’ll need, as well as stoves, fridges, toaster, microwave, coffee maker—even spices. If you bring the food, you can cook all you like. We’re found in Redwood National Park, just across the street from the Pacific Ocean, so our two outside decks look out on the water (and 4 of our 5 rooms have an ocean view).

What is the #1 hostel in the world?

Okay, we admit this isn’t asked frequently, but we thought we’d brag anyway. Last year, hihostels.com named us #1 in the world for customer satisfaction among HI hostels. Okay—we actually tied with a hostel in Osaka, Japan. But there are over 4000 hostels in the Hostelling International network, so we’re pretty proud of our standing (proud enough, in fact, to make up a frequently asked question about it).

Coming and Going

When can I check in?

Anytime between 4pm and 10pm.

When must I check out?

By 11 a.m. on your final day.

Does the hostel close during the day?

Not anymore! Beginning June 1, 2007, registered guests have 24-hour access to the hostel. Though please note: this doesn’t mean you can be here for 24 hours (we’ve had to clarify for people who check in at 6pm and are only staying one night—you still have to leave by 11am).

Can I check-in early?

If you’re with a group of 10 or more people, then you can rent the hostel for day-use at the rate of $100 for a full day (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) or $60 for a half day (1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.). Keep in mind, however, the hostel will also be open to registered guests during that time.

Another way to arrive early is by bicycle or bus. We understand that folks traveling by bike or on public transportation have less control over the time they arrive at the hostel. Please call to make arrangements for an early bike/bus check-in.

Do you have parking?

Yes, plenty of free parking.

How can I reserve?

Best is to pick up the phone and call 707-482-8265 during our office hours of 8-11am or 4-10pm Pacific. That way we can answer any questions you may have, and make sure you get what you need. You can also book online 24 hours a day here. Please note, however, that only dorm beds can be booked online. If you require a private room, we ask you to give us a call.

I thought I paid already? (generally asked at check in, when we ask for payment for your stay)

While we do take your credit card at the time you reserve, we don’t charge you until you show up. At that point, you can pay with cash, traveler’s checks, or credit card. If you pay with credit card, we ask you to hand it over for us to swipe; that is we do not “just put it on the card” that we have on file (for one thing, it takes longer to enter the 20+ numbers than to simply swipe, but it also insures both that you are the card owner and that we don’t make a mistake in entering all those numbers).

Sleeping

Where do I sleep?

In a shared or private room. We have three shared rooms: Wiyot and Chilula (6 beds each) or Yurok (10 beds). There are two private rooms: Karuk has one queen bed, while Tolowa comes with a queen bed on the bottom and a single bunk bed on top, ideal for families with young children or up to three adults. We can also convert a shared room into a private room for your group, if you pay a small surcharge, depending on the season and availability.

What if people snore?

On our office door, we offer the “Middle-of-the-Night Emergency Earplug Supply.” Just come on down and grab a pair. But please note: if you sound like an airplane landing when you sleep, hostels might not be the best option for you. We’d be happy to recommend a nearby motel for you.

Eating

Where do I eat?

In our kitchen. It features 2 new stoves and ovens, a microwave, 2 toasters, pots, pans, utensils, cutting boards, plates, bowls, cups, glasses, can openers, graters, peelers, Tupperware, kitchen towels, cutting knives, etc. Not to mention ample spices, cooking oil, salt, pepper, and often an orange or tub of butter left behind by another traveller.

In short, our kitchen has everything but the groceries. Stock up in Crescent City if you’re coming from the north (Safeway, Harvest Natural Foods, Ray’s Supermarket, Shop Smart, or Grocery Outlet) or in Klamath if you’re coming from the south (Woodland Villa, 2.5 miles south of the hostel). Also, Arcata and Eureka (1-1.5 hours south of the hostel) have several great co-op and/or natural food markets.

But what if I’m hungry and don’t feel like driving?

Glad you asked. While we support local businesses and are glad to see hostellers buying jugs of milk at the Woodland Villa, we also have some goodies available at Snack-quoia Sempervirens, the little store found in our office (generally soups, pasta, drinks, instant oatmeal, chocolate bars).

And let’s not forget the restaurants. Here in Klamath, there are a half dozen or so—though some of these are seasonal—while Crescent City has a wide selection of options. We keep a binder handy with just about all of the local restaurant menus, so you can peruse items and prices before heading out. The options include seafood, burgers, pizza, Chinese, Italian, Thai/Vietnamese, American, and more.

Facilities

Is there a bathroom in my room?

None of our rooms have private bathrooms; however, the bathrooms and showers are just a few steps down the hallway.

Do I get to shower in private, or will I be sharing my shampoo with a family from France?

You get to shower in private. We have three showers, each with a lock for privacy.

Do you have Internet, cell phone reception, and TV?

No, no and no. Because the hostel is situated in a remote area on the North Coast, there isn’t access to reliable Internet, cell phone signals and cable TV. We do bring out a DVD/VCR player to show a documentary on Friday nights (generally travel- or environment-related), but other times, we keep it hidden so people can chat, play games, or read peacefully. We do, however, have a payphone.

If you have your own laptop, there are several places up in Crescent City (12-13 miles north) that have free Wi-Fi, including coffee shops (The Coffee Corner, Alissa’s), a deli (Chomperz), and a breakfast/lunch restaurant (Good Harvest Cafe). If you don’t have your own computer, the Coffee Corner and the county library are your two choices for finding a computer or kiosk. Closer to us, the Woodland Villa (2.5 miles south) and the Pem-Mey gas station (7 miles south) have Wi-Fi.

Is the hostel clean?

Maybe you aren’t asking this question, but you’re probably thinking it. Yes, the hostel is immaculate! During our most recent inspection by Hostelling International, in March 2009, we scored 103% overall. That makes us one of the highest-scoring hostels in the country (if not the highest). And as part of the hostelling experience, we gladly say “yes” whenever a hosteller asks if they can help out with a chore.

This is definitely not a party zone. In fact, alcohol isn’t allowed and smoking is relegated to the parking lot below. HI-Redwood Hostel is a quiet, safe place to get away from everything (everything except the beach, forest, and lagoon, that is.)

Can I do laundry at the hostel?

Sure. We have a washer and dryer, and sell laundry soap at the office. Please limit laundering to the evening hours of 4-10 p.m. (so last load should be started by 8:30pm). The machines are located near a sleeping room, and we don’t want anyone to have to fall asleep to the sounds of your jeans going through the spin cycle.

Does the hostel recycle?

We recycle plastic, glass, tin cans, aluminum cans, paper, cardboard, and batteries. The bins are located under the dining room side of the countertop and under the sinks. Please thoroughly rinse and flatten these items or they will mold, smell and attract bears when placed outside for pick-up.

Should I be afraid of the bears?

Black bears do live in this region, but they are much more afraid of you than you are of them. Before embarking on a hike from the hostel, read the posted notices that offer tips for avoiding bears and mountain lions (and what to do in the event of an encounter). You can also print bear tips from the Internet.

Two years ago, one particularly pesky bear raided the hostel’s Dumpster a few times. He managed to perform a few belly flops on the lid, causing a complete cave-in. The kindly folks from the National Park Service ordered us a brand new, bear-proof Dumpster, and the bear retreated to the woods. If more ursine neighbors should happen to visit the hostel, we will make sure everyone is well aware and take precautions.

How do you heat the hostel?

We have a pellet wood stove in the common room that keeps the hostel toasty. For additional heat, each sleeping room has an electric heater which is quiet, efficient and safe.

Accessibility

Do I have to be young to stay at a hostel?

No. The first official hostel, back in 1909, was begun by German schoolteachers looking for an inexpensive place for the kids to stay on backcountry trips. Hostels were geared towards young travellers in the early decades, but today we welcome everyone and there is no age limit.

When you say everyone, does that include families? I have a young child.

This is a common concern for parents. The hostel is ideal for families–it’s clean, quiet and safe. Just ask us. Our 21-month-old son (make that 48-months now) likes to crawl up and down the stairs and “reorganize” the pots & pans cabinet every morning. And all the while, he’s surely safe. But please note: for the comfort of all guests, we require that children be at least 4 or 5 to stay in a shared dorm with other travelers (for those under 4, please inquire of our private room availability).

Is Redwood Hostel accessible to disabled travellers?

Certainly! The hostel has ramps, first-floor sleeping rooms, and an ADA-approved bathroom and shower with a fold-out bench and adapted shower nozzle. Please let us know when you are coming, and we’ll ensure your needs are met.

Are pets allowed?

Sorry, but only service animals are allowed at the hostel. Please call to make arrangements.

Going Outside

What’s the weather like?

Expect a little of everything. The wet season runs from November through April, more or less, and it’s cool and sunny the rest of the year. Afternoons get windy, as we’re near the ocean, and summer mornings are foggy. Want to be prepared? Find the weather outlook here.

How far are you from the ocean?

Three minutes. (And that’s walking–not driving.)

What’s your favorite trail?

One of us would say Flint Ridge section of the Coastal Trail. Another of us would say Damnation Creek Trail. (How many of us are there? Well—that hasn’t been asked frequently. Check back to see if people start asking.)

Miscellaneous Questions

What if I forget something?

We’ll keep it in our Lost & Found for one month. Please call and we will send it to you, although we’ll likely ask you to cover shipping costs. After a month, we need to clear out the Lost & Found, and unclaimed items are donated to thrift stores.

Is the hostel privately owned?

No. HI-Redwood Hostel is one of nine hostels in northern California operated by the Golden Gate Council, which is a non-profit, membership organization affiliated with Hostelling International. Our mission is “to help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling.” And though Hostelling International runs the hostel, the building and land are part of Redwood National and State Parks.

So what is there to do around there?

We’ve already created a pretty decent list of our favorite things to do around here. Visit our Things to Do page for the list, as well as a collection of upcoming events:

Anything else I should know?

To see pictures of the hostel and nearby area, and to learn more about the hostel and its history, visit our official webpage.

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Findings

Ryan searched the attic,

He plucked through the shed,

Scoured the cupboards,

then

Looked under the bed.

Tippy-toed to the top shelf of the

many-shelved closet,

But the closest he came was a box full of sockets.

When it was socks he wanted!

Little socks for the tree,

To hang alongside the Polaroids

of hostellers at Thanksgiving.

These ornaments,

and those ornaments, they were all lost,

Were they in a box?

On a shelf?

Could they possibly have been

Stolen by an elf?

Nay, in these parts of the world the only non-human thieves

tend

to

Be

Bears and racoons scurrying through leaves.

Speaking of scurrying, that’s what Ryan did

When he looked

and he looked and then started worrying

Until!

In the office, in the back, in the most unlabeled of Plastic Storage Units

Sat every single one of the hostel’s Christmas ornaments.

Ryan delighted to open the box and pull them out,

While Rory and Mommy did a little shout out

To Daddy for finding the things

that Americans are supposed to dangle on trees,

or hang by the chimney with lovingly care,

The stockings and stuffers and ornaments, were all there.

 

 

 

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The rankings are in again…

This past June we shared with our loyal readers the latest customer rankings of HI Hostels the world over (see here).  Well, they’re at it again (making rankings, that is).  And so I feel obliged to give the update.  Sadly, the Redwood Hostel has been knocked from its #1 ranking (which we shared with the Shin-Osaka Hostel in Japan).  We are now tied for #3 in the world (with the Shin-Osaka Hostel in Japan).

The good news is that we apparently have not seen more dissatisfied hostellers here: In the previous poll, we topped the list with a 93% customer satisfaction score.  This time around, the HI Baan Dinso Hostel in Bangkok achieved an astounding 95%, while yours truly, the Redwood Hostel, maintained its 93%.  So it seems that people are just as satisfied with us as they were way back when we were #1 in the world.  But the Baan Dinso has thrown down the challenge.  And so our goal for the next year, is to make each of you 2% more satisfied than you would normally be here.  Can we do it?  There’s only one way to find out (and yes, that would be to read the next ranking whenever it comes out).

Again, we’d like to congratulate our fellow Golden Gate Council hostels who made the top 10–making it still the case that 4 of the top ten HI hostels can be found here in Northern California.

 

 

 

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An Ideal Cup

We love coffee here at the Redwood Hostel. We love coffee lovers too!

As coffee is the 2nd most traded commodity in the world, we want to ensure the folks who pick our coffee beans are properly thanked for their long days among the heat and coffee shrubs.

That’s the whole shabang behind Fair Trade.

We also want to know our coffee beans aren’t wormed with pesticides. Your liver and my kidney would agree on that one!

Enter the word ‘Organic.’

And then, to make things more complicated in our idealist quest to “do good”, we wanted to keep it local, as much as possible. Well… coffee doesn’t grow here. But coffee roasters do!

There’s plenty of good local roasters but we especially like Kinetic Koffee from Arcata. It’s organic, it’s fair trade, and they donate 10% of all proceeds to bicycling and outdoor organizations. Plus, they’ll let us design our own bag for the hostel. Whoo-hoo!

So there it is folks. We have a new coffee supplier.

You can drink up all of our coffee in the kitchen, anytime day or night, and it’s free. (Though we gently nudge with a Donations Jar and/or Chore Cards). If you like it lots, we sell 12 ounce bags for $8.00 That’s quite a steal for organic, fair trade, locally roasted and deliciously good stuff.

Drink on, hostellers. Drink on.

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Paul Presents his Photos

Thank you to Paul, a recent hosteller who also caretakes the Siskiyou Field Institute’s facility in Selma, Oregon. The SFI brings a few classes to the hostel each year, and we just love ’em.

More of Paul’s pics can be found in our Photo Gallery.

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