SKS Postcards from Humboldt County and Beyond

I love these old fashioned map postcards. It would be fun to walk around Eureka and see how many of these buildings are still standing.


Sara reports that Shawn visited an actual coffee farm when he went to Costa Rica. This postcard comes with their coffee club shipment.


This byway cuts across Northern California. In these series of postcards, Sara reports that it’s been a busy weekend.

She expresses a desire for an additional weekend day, which is a feeling I am familiar with.

I’m not sure if all four of these postcards arrived on the same day. My guess is that they didn’t but that they did arrive in quick succession.

SKS Postcards from California

1/2 and 2/2 arrived on the same day!

This first postcard comes from, you guessed it, the town of Ferndale, the Victorian City, where Sara and Shawn spent the day with Shawn’s parents. They enjoyed strolling in the quaint downtown.

Apparently also Ferndale is the home of Guy Fieri, American restaurateur, author, and an Emmy Award winning television presenter. He went to high school in the town and had his first restaurant job here.

We missed out on Ferdale, opting instead for the county fair. But I look forward to catching up with her charms.

SKS Postcards from San Francisco

This postcard opens with “What do you think? When was this taken?”

Look at those white shorts and that hair! I agree with Sara’s call that this picture is from the 90s. She reports that everyone they’ve seen on the cable cars has had their phones out and on.

This next postcard is from the same day. It’s a very classic postcard message of what they were up to.

It sounds like a fun day of wandering, especially the de Young Sculpture garden.

But more importantly, this postcard marks the transition from postcard stamps being shells. Sara and I have both hated the shells and they seem to have been holding on as the postcard stamp for a much longer time than previous choices. Now we are into the tropical fish!

I’m not sure, but she may have bought a roll of 100 postcard stamps just to avoid another round of shells.

SKS Postcards from Boise & Florida

Here is postcard 1 of 2! Sara said that she meant to send the Boise postcards from Boise, but alas, they came to me from California.

I quite like this Basque card!

Also arriving is this postcard from Tampa where Sara was attending a conference. She reports that this was her hotel and that the Florida weather has been lovely.

Apparently not for Floridians, who keep saying it was cold.

SKS Postcard from Boise

This came as postcard 2 of 2 so we will have to wait to see what the first one says.

I love this, though, because it’s from the Basque Museum in Boise. If you grow up in Boise, you grow to love the Basques. Who wouldn’t, with their complex last names and delicious food?

The back of this postcard says: “‘You’re cutting the onions and the leeks…and you look across the table and there’s a second cousin,’ Ed Orbea says. ‘So then everything stops and hugs and kisses and back pats.’ Orbea stirs leeks and onions on a stove top in the basement of the Basque Center in Boise, Idaho. These ingredients are used to make mortzilla sausage for the Basque community’s annual Mortzilla Dinner & Bazaar.

Sara says that she and Shawn can’t get over how downtown Boise has transformed. There’s a whole new skyline.