Comment Archives: Stories: Life + Outdoors

Re: “A Yurok Mushroom Hunter

Nice story, I've heard about Larry for a long time. But it bothers me to think of tons of chanterelles being harvested by commercial pickers to be sold to foreign markets. It gets harder and harder to find wild mushrooms because of the commercializations of wild foods on public lands. It's not right.

Posted by amelia on 05/23/2017 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Bad Sea Rising

Great to be checking in on your Field Notes, Barry. I'll be subscribing.

Posted by GaryWhite on 05/17/2017 at 1:05 AM

Re: “Why do pelicans fly so close to the water?

Yes great explanation. I just shared the wingtip vortices explanation on Instagram (@fractalens), having photographed a group of pelicans skimming glassy dawn water, actually flicking the surface with just about every downbeat. Thank you.

Posted by Tom Lipscomb on 05/15/2017 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Puzzling

4) theoretical, if he counted the seconds/minutes it took to walk from his house to his friend's, he could add that to the time he noted before leaving his friend's house

Posted by Emily Reinhart on 05/04/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Myth of the Invisible Ships

PS: A further consideration.... If I were ever in some analogous circumstance, and if I were near others, I would probably do four things:
1. Question my own sanity.
2. Look around me to see if anyone else was seeing what I was seeing.
3. If nobody else seemed to see it, you figure out the rest.
4. Mayby, if I was brave enough, and a close family member had happened to be nearby when I thought I had the 'hallucination,' at the end of the day I might privately and carefully ask, "did you see what I saw?"

Kinda funny if you ask me :-)

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Posted by Scott Warren Perry on 04/23/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Myth of the Invisible Ships

I think I might be able to somehow "imagine" their mindset. I would say that surely these people who believed in, and probably saw, spirits of all shapes on a regular basis, "saw" the relatively silent sailing ship, but they obviously must have initially considered it to be a spirit of some sort, and initially deserving of the same level of attention that other such "spirits" normally received. As with other such "spirits," they probably were hoping and praying that if they ignored it, perhaps it would simply "go away," and leave them alone in peace.

Hey, I must confess I have actually "seen" some of these in my own day, and that is exactly how I tend to respond to most of them. As in a zoo with the sign, "don't feed the animals," most folks, when confronted with something that almost appears as a hallucination, will tend to try to "not feed" it.

However, should the "hallucination" begin to deploy longboats (much easier for a native to understand), and to begin heading in my direction with strangely colored and clothed men inside of them, you had better believe it, I would suddenly realize that my first strategy was simply not working, and I had better do something better, and quick!

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Posted by Scott Warren Perry on 04/23/2017 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Bad Sea Rising

Please publicise the insane project in Queensland to let a foreign company with a poor record create an enormous coal mine called Carmicheal with free water access for 60 years though the local town is on water restrictions.

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Posted by Karis Sanderson on 04/20/2017 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Turning the Page on Native Plants

Excellent article.

Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 04/20/2017 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Bad Sea Rising

It does behoove us. The current state of affairs of continued emissions will one day be viewed as an environmental crime against humanity. Just look at Glacier National Park: the glaciers are retreating, if you doubt global warming, or as it is commonly referred to, climate change. A succinct and insightful article. As an aside, I used to joke with one of my former employees who purchased a hybrid years ago. I scoffed that climate change was that serious. Since then, I've researched the issue and am convinced. Now, my wife and I both drive a Prius. Best car I've ever had and awesome gas mileage and lower emissions.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 04/20/2017 at 12:31 PM

Re: “The Fear: Karaoke

My experience has been that if you put your heart into it that is all that counts. People appreciate sincerity and you can't fake it when you're on stage. Glad you took the dive.

Posted by Bob McCall on 04/17/2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “The Fear: Karaoke

I love a good night with BLC karaoke, KJ Leonard, and the brave souls who participate.
Welcome to the exciting new world!

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Posted by Southpaw Martin on 04/16/2017 at 12:52 PM

Re: “The Fear: Karaoke

Welcome to the party !

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Posted by Daniel Dodson on 04/16/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “It's Nothing. Really.

Call me a quitter, but I gave up on boggling my mind by trying to envision nothing some time ago. There is always one contradiction or another to face. What is odd is how hard we try. Why?

Posted by Robert Lockett on 04/12/2017 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Sailing on Big Lagoon

Great story. It's also fun to kayak at Big Lagoon. For many people who may not realize it, the east side of the lagoon used to be fully underwater at high tides. Now, if memory serves me correctly, since I haven't been in Humboldt for 8 years, the east side of the lagoon, traversed by Highway 101, is more of an estuary. Fond memories reading the story. In some winters, the lagoon will breach at the north end.

Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 04/11/2017 at 7:59 PM

Re: “How to Run

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Posted by Stacey Beetge on 04/07/2017 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Shots, Shots, Shots

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Posted by Patricia Edwards on 04/04/2017 at 6:48 PM

Re: “The Vagaries of Family Survival

You know how the ecosystem of the planet is being altered enough so all is becoming uninhabitable?
You know how broken and corrupt pretty much every governing body around the planet is these days?
You know how the rich are eating the rest of us alive?
Well, it's gonna get worse tomorrow and then every day after that.
It ain't pretty.

Posted by Mr. Geezer on 04/01/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “The Vagaries of Family Survival

Thanks for listening. Do tell what is the future like?

Posted by AndreKaruk on 04/01/2017 at 4:53 PM

Re: “The Vagaries of Family Survival

Thank you for sharing your recollections.
I'm 71. No one listens. Too damn busy with worrying about the coming apocalypse and texting.
Good time to be closer to death. I've seen enough. I've seen the future. It ain't pretty.

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Posted by Mr. Geezer on 03/30/2017 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Life: The Long Game

Talk about anthropomorphic projection. Reality is so suffocating. It is almost as if it were designed to cause us to surrender so as to be enabled by our desperation to actually hear God's voice. But never mind. By all means necessarily miraculous and fantastic, hold on to the dream...…

And a bonus track:…

Posted by Robert Lockett on 03/26/2017 at 9:13 PM

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