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Re: “The Reluctant Cyclist

so appreciate your candidness about venturing out on two wheels, socially and physically uncertain and going the distance anyway. Likely your pieces increase the number of cyclists giving it a try and doing so more safely and more drivers learning about things they/we might not consider in our rush to wherever.

Posted by Moriah Laastname on 10/21/2015 at 10:39 AM

Re: “A Home in a Redwood

I wondering if anyone knows how hard it would be to get a permit to build another tree house in Humbolt County--near Eureka?

Posted by Cyd Ropp on 10/14/2015 at 4:00 PM

Re: “The Reluctant Cyclist

I recently started riding again, after my bike was stolen two years ago. I can't say enough how much I enjoy my recreational ride along the bay and ocean up here in Crescent City on a sunny day. I once rode on busy streets with no problem, but I'm now retired and will avoid busy streets. I've been watching YouTube videos of bicycling in Amsterdam (do a search) and would love to have that kind of bike infrastructure here.

Posted by steven C on 09/25/2015 at 6:14 PM

Re: “The Reluctant Cyclist

Terrific series--more please!…

The next step for us would be Gold--and perhaps, someday the coveted Platinum level--like Stanford University and almost all of Holland. The Dutch have a country the size of New Jersey with 10,000 miles of dedicated bike trails. They get health care, bike infrastructure and social benefits for their tax guilders; we get aircraft carriers. And balloon people (virtually unknown in Holland)

Anyway, ride on Jennifer!

Your fan, Gordon Inkeles

Posted by Gordon Inkeles1 on 09/25/2015 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Throw Like the Irish

He said 28 ounces, not 28 pounds. Maybe 28 pounds is the Aussie version.

Posted by WalterS on 08/18/2015 at 2:28 PM

Re: “A Home in a Redwood

Is this the one in Westhaven?

Posted by Barry Jeffers1 on 07/11/2015 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Throw Like the Irish

I just read with dismay the Journal’s promotion of the concept of heaving heavy steel balls onto our local roads (“Throw Like the Irish”, Rees Hughes, May 14). How about if we promote hitting the roads with sledgehammers? Great fun! And it doesn’t cost anything to do it, right? Not.

In my work I travel a lot around the state and the country, with a lot of driving, so I have a pretty broad experience of road conditions. Humboldt County has among the worst road conditions anywhere, IMHO. Even in Arcata, I know I’m home when I get to the stunningly crappy conditions on Beverly Drive.

How does the Journal prioritize the common good and collective costs vs. promoting individuals doing whatever (intentionally or unintentionally) destructive activity they may dream up and mask behind some positive value such as outdoor recreation?

I received an email from a colleague recently with this footer that seems a worthwhile reminder: “Thought of the day: Knowledge is being aware of what you can do. Wisdom is knowing when not to do it.”

Bruce LeBel, Arcata

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Posted by LBL on 05/16/2015 at 9:17 AM
Posted by Jennifer Savage on 01/10/2015 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Adventure Club

I love this, how can you join?

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Posted by Jovianne Jane on 01/10/2015 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Saddle Up!

A moderately achy bum? Parsed out it COULD read as an "acute equine evinced arrears" because "back payment" IS rather karmic, from the horses' standpoint at least😝

Posted by Joan Crandell on 10/16/2014 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Stroller Hike

I figured I would share this here for moms who are interested in doing more local hikes. Humboldt just grew a "Hike It Baby" branch. Please join our page to be informed of upcoming hikes. You can also lead hikes and win prizes from our sponsors. Meet other moms, get outside and get moving! :)…

Posted by pmcterry on 09/24/2014 at 9:58 AM

Re: “New at the Zoo

I am just thrilled to hear that the river otters will be living a restricted, captive life with no opportunity to mate or interact with other otters. These very bright animals who love to find new ways to have fun, a new slide here, a new body of water there, will live out their lives now in a zoo. All for the entertainment of humans because that's what all the animals are here for: humans. I just love to go and watch animals in cages, it's so entertaining and educational for children to see.

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Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 08/17/2014 at 3:11 PM

Re: “New at the Zoo

Where did these animals and birds come from?

Posted by Michael Shreeve Sr. on 08/16/2014 at 10:50 AM

Re: “A Home in a Redwood

My favorite tree house ever.

Posted by Ronnie Windham on 07/02/2014 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Foraging

Purslane on verge of extinction, locally, on tropic of cancer, tastes bad, hard to find.eaten with tortillas(illegal, magic corn).fed inland algae absolutely self reinforcing.plant eats super(element rich)affects instinct(taste).I'm not suprised.i have pictures of very purple purslane.very succulent. 3omega . instinct makes us want junk food (analeptic) when sick.people look even sicker without fda.people barely alive, in pain.only doctors, criminals, and cops can profit off this mess.

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Posted by Zoltan Welvart on 06/02/2014 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Foraging

Miner's lettuce and purslane are NOT the same (according to my books and experience). Purslane is a succulent high in omegas, Miner's lettuce is a fleshy annual plant. Look them up online to see photos.

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Posted by Rachel LaMell on 05/29/2014 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Foraging

Thanks for telling me miners lettuce is purslane.purslane(verdulaga)I ate from by goat corral.goats died from mans rightaway , taken by releasing horses and donkeys at night, while goats in corral at night.neighbors picked it all.only left baby tumbleweeds, they taste better.on floodplane below pile of excavated, thrown away in front of laguna.what happenedis I picked very robust dandylion(diente de leon),to make seed tea.good without honey, wild 70 dollars 5 gallon. Something.looked again saw very purple and violet underneath. I was terrified.verified by little flowers.i cooked ir and ate it.most seductive.what happened was suspended very micro plankton across plane, blooms in sun,50 yr drought very hi altitude salal.fed roots of 3 omega plant coloring it like salmon.the deposit has mine.from before atlantis.i fear underground, because I live in basin.i would need tyvec suit and oxygen.not even to look for guns and stuff hidden after revolutions.72 elements necessary to be happy.boisewage or petro (npk)don't do it.acid floodplain food guarantees elemental malnutrition, continued slavery, addiction, and misery.deposit alga mined before is bigber than anything.carrying it around wierld caused intellect that discovered telepathia, later made governments and religions, wars book burners.till today.huichol, flacaritas,9 yr old brother kidnaped april 5.

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Posted by Zoltan Welvart on 05/29/2014 at 7:19 AM

Re: “The Road Not (Yet) Taken

Nice article! TWC's website tells more about their work and their statewide preserve system. Here's the link:

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Posted by Paul Melzer on 05/15/2014 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Otter Spotter

"Although I look forward to getting to know them, nothing equals the unexpected sighting in the wild."

All too often, what's oddly missing from reports like this is WHY it's "unexpected".

When I moved to Humboldt County 40 years ago I frequented the tributaries that cross the road between Korbel and Maple Creek. Like clockwork otters would run up these streams devouring an amazing abundance of crayfish, clams, amphibians, and eels. Last time I visited this area in the early 2000's they are nearly lifeless.

We're too far into the sixth largest extinction event of life's history on Earth for well-intended, feel-good reporting that omits the most important context critical to understanding and changing human behavior, if it's not too late.

In other words, all animals are best observed in the wild if you really want to "know them".

Posted by Alan Moss on 03/28/2014 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Humboldt's Hidden Treasures

Another "PS"- No, there is not a "constant flow" of trackables. Are you even a cacher?? They are rare. I have NEVER found one. Why? Because people horde them. End of story. And I have no issue with DECENT people geocaching and being newbies. But there are some pretty trashy people that read this paper, and you just invited a slew of muggles to thrash all the hard work people have put into their caches and keeping them HIDDEN. It's as if you're saying, "Here you go tweakers, thieves, and prostitutes, all you have to do is download an app and you can raid hidden treasure caches all over the world!". There is a reason that this sort of thing is a "word-of-mouth" type hobby. It's NOT for everyone.

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Posted by GeoTreasures on 02/24/2014 at 9:52 PM

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