Coastal Voices: Praise for Crescent City

By Sarah Randow June 22, 2011 05:05 pm

I would like to thank Del Norte County residents for superior help recently.

Having been raised in Crescent City (a 1999 Del Norte High School graduate), I developed a deep love and respect for the natural beauty of the area. When life gets hectic I enjoy taking a trip up to Crescent City to spend time with friends and family, relax and find refreshment in the majestic beauty of the redwood forests.

I spent the weekend of June 10-12 on vacation, camping at Florence Keller Park. I came up from Sacramento hoping for a relaxing weekend in the trees and playing on the beach. Unfortunately that wasn’t how the weekend unfolded.

On Saturday, I left my campsite and headed to the Point St. George area for some tide-pooling fun. When I returned to the park that evening, the camp host met me at my car to inform me that my campsite had been vandalized.

What a mess it was! Someone had come into my site and completely tore it up! All of my camping gear was taken along with clothing, bedding, pillows, my hiking pack and my Epiphone acoustic/electric guitar. What was left behind was covered in ice, water and egg yolks or smashed into the ground and scattered all over the site.

I was instantly in a state of shock and began grieving immediately. I would like to publicly thank the camp’s host, who showed me nothing but sincere apologies and support. He called the Sheriff’s Office and was by my side as I began to clean up and take inventory of what I had left.

Because he saw the mess before I did, he even salvaged a few possessions he thought I might find valuable and hung on to them until he saw me. He brought trash bags for me to fill up with the garbage that was left behind, refunded my camp fees and volunteered to dispose of the trash himself. He even offered me free firewood if I made the decision to stay at camp that night.

His support was much appreciated, and I believe he went “above and beyond” his call of duty to make sure I wasn’t alone and assured me that my safety was of uttermost importance to him.

I would also like to thank Deputy Ortega for his quick response to the scene and his kind and understanding demeanor. He was professional and polite; even letting me know his schedule for the evening and ensuring me that I could call him directly if I saw the thief return or ran into him while I was in town.

Also, thank you Renner Patriot Mart! I purchased two bundles of firewood shortly before heading back to my campsite, and when I explained that my site had been vandalized, they took the wood back and refunded my money.

I love Crescent City. I know that the people there are kind and generous and full of good will (with the exception of the dirt bag that interrupted my peaceful weekend).

I wanted to send all of Crescent City my thanks. I was moved and humbled by the generosity and kindness that I was shown from seemingly complete strangers. I feel like these are the values that I was raised with in Crescent City (it takes a village) and I am so pleased to see that the heart of Crescent City is still intact.

Kindness, courtesy and love. Thank you Crescent City for making the choice to be so amazing.

Sarah Randow is a former local resident who now lives in the Sacramento area.