Michele Grgas Thomas The Triplicate

We're on the brink of Memorial Day weekandshy;end and the kick-off of tourist season. Crescent City may have had a major set back this year because of the tsunami, but there's no denying we've gained some notoriety. It's not too far-fetched to think that people will come to see Crescent City because they've heard about the destrucandshy;tion of our harbor and that we're the "tsunami capital of the West Coast."

When visitors come this summer - and they will, even if it's just for a weekend to escape the heat from the inland valleys - what will they see?

I just had to take some photos of what I saw this past weekend as I

drove to positive venues like the barn-raising of a community garden and

the distribution of free life jackets at the harbor. Crescent City and

Del Norte County have a lot to boast about, but before our company comes

let's get rid of the cob webs and mop up.

Reach Michele Thomas, The Daily Triplicate's publisher, at

mthomas@triplicate.com, 464-2141, or stop by 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


TOP LEFT: You can't drive to Battery Point Lighthouse without seeing this on the corner of B and Front Streets. TOP RIGHT: Abandoned motel on the corner of Seventh and J Streets. Notice makeshift curtains over broken window. BOTTOM LEFT: Grass, weeds and trash surround this empty property adjacent to the Hampton Inn. BOTTOM RIGHT: This unsightly mess is on Front Street, next to Beachfront Park.

The Daily Triplicate/Michele Thomas