Camels and Blowholes

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 the...

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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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Mush!

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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Cray Cray

For crawdad fishing

(January 7, 2016) Crayfish, mud bugs, swamp lobsters or crawdads — call them what you like; these little crustaceans are as delicious as they are abundant in freshwater along the North Coast. I...

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Fortuna on Ice

A pop-up winter wonderland

(December 17, 2015) Nobody here wants to get out of bed. It's an entirely reasonable approach to the rain, the wind, the dark and the looming holiday stress. Well, listen up, fellow blanket...

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Night Riders

Bike Party Humboldt lights it up

(October 22, 2015) Remember when you were 10, riding by yourself to the corner store for the first time? How about when you and your Saturday crew would go soaring down dirt roads,...

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The Reluctant Cyclist

(September 24, 2015) Part 6 Number of miles ridden: 7.5 Number of times feared for life: 1 Number of times stopped to admire the beauty: 2 Number of unicycles shared an intersection with:...

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The Reluctant Cyclist

Part 5

(September 10, 2015) Number of miles ridden: 21 Time traveled: 2 hours, 5 minutes, 31 seconds Number of times scolded for not wearing helmet: 1 (it worked) Number of times actively feared for...

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The Reluctant Cyclist

Part 4 in a series

(September 3, 2015) Number of miles ridden: 8.6 Time traveled: 46:37 minutes (This included a stop at the Co-op during which I left Strava app on. Oops.) Number of stop signs deliberately blown...

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The Reluctant Cyclist

Parts 2 and 3 of a series

(August 27, 2015) Part 2 Number of miles ridden: 31.2 (roundtrip) Time traveled: 2 hours: 57 minutes Number of Confederate flags sighted: 3 Number of times actively feared for life: 0 This wasn't...

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Miles Away

A mile from town in Russ Park

(July 30, 2015) A short hike in Ferndale's Russ Park with a walking group aroused my curiosity about the paths we didn't take, so I returned to explore. At the parking area...

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