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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Folklife Strums On

(August 3, 2023) Many of Humboldt County's finest local musicians could be found at this year's Humboldt Folklife Festival. The week-long lineup of offerings by local musicians started with the new Folk...

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A Ma-Le'l Dunes North Hike

(July 27, 2023) To our happy surprise, just after we began our pandemic-era daily walking, my wife and I discovered the Ma-le'l Dunes North Unit on the Samoa peninsula — a scenic stretch...

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'Hiking Humboldt Kids'

(July 20, 2023) Now that the first flush of summer vacation is past and the kids are getting antsy, you may be wondering where to go for a child-friendly walk in Humboldt County....

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Blue Lake on Parade

Annie & Mary Day returns for 54th year

(July 13, 2023) Blue Lake lived up to its small town "center of the universe" status July 9 with its annual Annie & Mary Day parade and party to celebrate the historic Arcata...

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The American Dipper's Life Aquatic

(June 29, 2023) After a heck of a winter, it's summer at last. Now's the time to patch your roof, plant your garden (if you already have, you're way ahead of me) and...

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It Took a While, But I Learned to Paddle

(June 22, 2023) On a recent cloudy morning, I carried my inflatable stand-up paddleboard a block and a half from our Old Town apartment to the C Street dock. Setting it gently on...

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Forest Bathing in the Redwoods

(June 15, 2023) One of the reasons I treasure spending time in the redwoods is that "in the forest I do not feel small," as I wrote last year in the title...

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Nonbinary Runners Find Their Lane

Avenue of the Giants Marathon moves toward inclusion

(June 8, 2023) Eureka local Madison MacGregor made a promise to themself to one day run in the Avenue of the Giants half Marathon again. It had been seven years and two hip...

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The Road to Glory

(June 1, 2023) For the 55th time, the wild and wooly wheels of the Kinetic Grand Championship rolled through the Arcata Plaza, down the sandy dunes at Dead Man's Drop, into Humboldt Bay...

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Seize the Day on the Bay

(May 25, 2023) I pause and take in the surroundings: sky, water, light, boats, buildings. The word that most often comes to mind is "amazing." Energized, I resume rowing. I learned to...

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The Birdmobile

(May 18, 2023) For years I had an old newspaper clipping taped to my even older refrigerator. It was a Car Talk column by Tom and Ray Magliozzi called, "Who's Hardest on Cars,...

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The Call of the Void

Cliff jumping in Humboldt's rivers

(May 11, 2023) Crouching on the guardrail of a bridge 60 feet above the Trinity River, 19-year-old cliff jumper Nico Ponnekanti looked like a sprinter in the blocks. Except instead of going forward,...

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A Walk Among the Spotted Owls

(April 27, 2023) After four decades of hiking in Humboldt County forests, I'd never spotted a wild northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis) until Saturday during a Godwit Days tour, thanks to help from...

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