Wild Medicine

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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Wild Wood

Find, cut and cure local hardwoods

(April 21, 2016) Even with our landscape's dense redwood groves, inland oak woodlands and riparian forests, we often forget that each bough we find fallen across our paths and every water-worn burl lodged...

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Dog sledding in Humboldt

(March 3, 2016) "You'll want to hang on for dear life," Sara Borok says, handing me a helmet. "It's going to be a bumpy ride." We're going on a training run with the...

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Kayak Picnic

Get your Valentine on the water

(February 11, 2016) Getting on the water in a kayak rewards the adventurous with golden-ticket access to the beaches and hidden estuaries of Humboldt County. Paddling across the glassy sheen of Stone Lagoon...

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The Best Medicine

Getting a lift from laughter yoga

(January 21, 2016) I was not in a light mood the damp Monday afternoon when I headed over to the Om Shala Yoga Center in Arcata to attend my first laughter yoga session....

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Recent Comments

  • Re: How to Run

    • What a lovely story, Peri! Thank you for sharing this with us. I remember constantly…

    • on January 6, 2017
  • Re: How to Run

    • Such a loving tribute to your father. You were able to give him a connection…

    • on January 5, 2017
  • Re: How to Run

    • Too much running (when do you know enough is enough) leads to old people slowly…

    • on January 5, 2017
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