Biking the Humboldt Bay Trail

On the path, in the weeds and around the eucalyptus bark

(September 6, 2018) I used to ride my bike from Eureka to Arcata and back a couple times a week but since I no longer have a regular date in Arcata, I haven't...

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Forest from the Water

Tour Humboldt Redwoods State Park by kayak

(July 19, 2018) It's a gray morning but the sun is already starting to burn through the fog. It's going to be a warm day. A river otter splashes around in the clear...

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Pool Rules

Tips for tidepooling this summer

(June 28, 2018) Humboldt County beaches cannot just be visited, they must be experienced. And getting up close with marine life in tide pools should be at the top of this summer's to-do...

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Hand Making Skateboards in Arcata

A backyard business for sidewalk surfers

(January 25, 2018) Over the last five years, the cracks and crannies of Arcata's sidewalks have eaten me up and the unpredictable weather left me with a heavy and rusted cruising setup....

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The Reluctant Skier

Helmets, hot toddies and the sport of staying upright

(January 18, 2018) I'm not much of a daredevil, although that hasn't always been the case. When I was growing up in Eureka, I rollerskated down Buhne Hill and rode motorcycles around Trinity...

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HumBug: Shooting in the Wild

(November 23, 2017) Despite my best efforts, I didn't see any interesting new insects this week. To be sure, there are many out there but the ones I encountered were all species...

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Panfish Fishing

Teach someone to fish (and clean)

(November 9, 2017) There is nothing like sharing a love of fishing with someone who has never cast a line. Whether fishing with a child who can barely stand on the lake shore...

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Sharktober, Part Four

Heart attacks, cramps, despair and other threats greater than sharks

(October 26, 2017) The Sharkbanz, a chunky wrist-worn device advertised as "a convenient and effective shark deterrent for the beachgoer, swimmer and surfer," sits on my dresser next to a stack of bills...

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Sharktober Part Three

On "paying the rent"

(October 19, 2017) Sharktober?" my friend asked. I'd just told him about this column I'm writing. "Yes, Sharktober," I repeated. "Shark ... tober?" he said again, drawing the syllables out as if...

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Sharktober: Part Two

After the attack, a clarity

(October 12, 2017) If you lived in Humboldt County in October of 2012, you heard about the encounter. For me, the word came via my cell phone, which blew up with news that...

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Sharktober Part 1

Witnessing an attack

(October 5, 2017) The first person I knew to be hit by a great white was this guy Casey. That was in 2000, the same year I'd started surfing. A couple years later,...

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