Sailing on Big Lagoon

Booms, lines, knots and irons

(April 6, 2017) Growing up surrounded by fishing families, I regarded the local waterways not as playgrounds but as parts of a great wilderness in which some people risked their lives. And so...

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Second Skin

Building Greenland kayaks in Ferndale

(March 16, 2017) Nestled in the back of Mind's Eye Manufactory & Coffee Lounge in downtown Ferndale, behind the counter where barristas serve up lattes and muffins, lies a wall of windows...

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Humboldt Slackliners

Getting high in the forest

(February 23, 2017) About 40 feet up in the air, Matt Paris took another step on a 1-inch slackline that stretched 400 feet across the redwood forest. The line began to bounce...

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Wild Medicine

An herbal walkabout with Greta de la Montagne

(January 19, 2017) It's windy out and the clouds are a bruised, luminous purple not found anywhere, really, except the sky. Thunder rumbles across the bay from Eureka and Greta de la Montagne...

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How to Run

My father's legacy

(January 5, 2017) I grew up in the home of a marathon runner: My father was always training for a race — or recovering from one. My mother, too, cultivated a steady habit...

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Drop it Like a Pot

Fishing for Dungeness crab

(December 15, 2016) Last weekend my dad and I got out for his birthday. We launched our old inflatable boat, powered by a small outboard motor, and took off out of the bay...

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Ghost Town

The Haunted History tour bumps in the night

(October 27, 2016) Most of the sky has darkened but for an apricot streak of sunset over the mouth of Humboldt Bay. Alex Service stands with her back to the water at...

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Adrenaline on Wheels

Burning rubber at the Samoa Drag Strip

(September 1, 2016) My hands squeeze tight on the wheel. Other parts of my anatomy are following suit. Tunnel vision has limited my focus to a half-mile strip of blackened concrete running...

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Camels and Blowholes

Paddling out on the North Coast

(July 21, 2016) The surf scene up here is unique. There is so much more that goes into a session in Humboldt County than in a daily check of different beaches along...

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Just Holler, 'Pull!'

An afternoon at the trap and skeet range

(June 23, 2016) The sun is shining as I tuck my Subaru into the row of jumbo pick-up trucks inhabiting the parking lot of the Humboldt Trap and Skeet Range. A distant...

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Water Boys

Paddling prodigies Cory Soll and Nate Ferguson

(May 12, 2016) We launched from the beach in Trinidad in a motley assortment of watercrafts. Twelve-year-old Nate Ferguson was paddling his sit-on-top fishing kayak and 14-year-old Cory Soll was in a touring...

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