Kim, I lived in Blue Lake which is about 8 miles inland from Arcata; just north of Eureka. Humboldt County. Loved it!
Jo, keep trying! New habits are hard to form. My husband recently started going to the gym for he first time in his life. His cholesterol and triglycerides are high and he doesn't want to take meds. Some weeks he goes 1 day, other weeks he goes 3 days. I have to keep reminding him that it takes time before something new becomes habitual.