When Nature Gives You Rain, Visit a Waterfall

A hike to Trillium Falls and beyond

(May 16, 2024) While I don't mind hiking in a drizzle, particularly in the redwoods, where rainfall is broken by the canopy ("Forest Bathing in the Redwoods," Get Out, June 15, 2023),...

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Lions and Dragons in Old Town

(May 9, 2024) Arts Alive! on Saturday in Eureka had the usual art and music lineup, but Old Town also featured several costumed May the Fourth Star Wars characters and a big crowd...

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A Chime of Wrens

(April 11, 2024) One of the prettiest places that my dog and I like to explore is the lower section of the Arcata Ridge Trail where it follows Janes Creek. Even though it's...

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The Sawdust Flies at the Conclave

(March 21, 2024) A far corner of Redwood Acres Fairground in Eureka turned into a logging-sports performance field for 175 talented student-athletes from 10 campuses across the western U.S. from Wednesday to...

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Once More into the Bay for the Perilous Plunge

(March 14, 2024) A sunny and very timely break in Saturday morning's rainy weather arrived just before wildly costumed Perilous Plunge participants gathered in Old Town for their parade to the foot...

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Bird Names for Everyone

(February 29, 2024) Of all the birding news stories that came down in 2023, perhaps none was more unexpected than the American Ornithological Society's (AOS) decision to change the names of up...

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A Dry(er) Trinidad to Clam Beach Run

(February 8, 2024) After days of rain, Mother Nature cooperated, providing beautiful, warm sunshine for the 58th annual Trinidad to Clam Beach Run Saturday, Feb. 3. A total of 584 runners and walkers showed...

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Trinidad to Clam Beach Run

(February 1, 2024) Congratulations! You survived the 10 darkest weeks of the year, and now it's time for the 58th annual Trinidad to Clam Beach Run. Running or walking the 5.75 miles from...

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Spark Birds

(January 11, 2024) Those of us who are besotted with birds can often trace our interest back to one particular bird, our "spark bird." Seeing that bird ignited a fascination with the species...

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A Daily Dose of Awe

(January 4, 2024) One of my favorite outdoor activities is running in Sue-meg State Park. I start on Patrick's Point Drive; the stretch of road between the two beautiful wooden signs marking...

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Birding Facts and Myths

(December 7, 2023) Once you get hooked on birding, you might be surprised to discover it's not just about birds. You've studied the field guides. You've listened to so many bird song recordings...

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Look! Up in the Sky!

Heads up for local raptors

(November 16, 2023) While we're caught up in the daily grind here on the ground, there's a lot of great birding happening above our heads. That's where the big birds fly: the eagles,...

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David's Chair Blazes Accessible Trails in Prairie Creek Redwoods

(October 5, 2023) Wheelchair access is hard enough to find in our paved world. A park trail threading its way through 1,000-year-old evergreen conifers presents countless obstacles that can keep those with mobility...

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Birding with Dogs

(September 14, 2023) One of the things I enjoy most — besides birding and Giants baseball, of course — is spending time outdoors with my dog Aggie. In a perfect world, I'd be...

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A Bird in Hand

(August 17, 2023) You're strolling around the neighborhood one morning when something odd catches your eye. You take a closer look and find a bird in the grass. It looks like a young...

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