Sharktober Part Three

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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Poke Pole Fishing

Forget casting, here's how to catch eel right below your feet

(July 20, 2017) The gentle ebb and flow of the northern Pacific Ocean whispered in our ears as we spent the night on the sands anticipating the morning's fishing foray. Checking the tide...

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Magic on the water

(May 11, 2017) At the Humboldt Bay Rowing Association (HBRA) sculling boathouse at the Adorni Center, my sculling buddy and I lose no time getting on the water, each one in a single...

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Sailing on Big Lagoon

Booms, lines, knots and irons

(April 6, 2017) Growing up surrounded by fishing families, I regarded the local waterways not as playgrounds but as parts of a great wilderness in which some people risked their lives. And so...

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Second Skin

Building Greenland kayaks in Ferndale

(March 16, 2017) Nestled in the back of Mind's Eye Manufactory & Coffee Lounge in downtown Ferndale, behind the counter where barristas serve up lattes and muffins, lies a wall of windows...

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Humboldt Slackliners

Getting high in the forest

(February 23, 2017) About 40 feet up in the air, Matt Paris took another step on a 1-inch slackline that stretched 400 feet across the redwood forest. The line began to bounce...

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Wild Medicine

An herbal walkabout with Greta de la Montagne

(January 19, 2017) It's windy out and the clouds are a bruised, luminous purple not found anywhere, really, except the sky. Thunder rumbles across the bay from Eureka and Greta de la Montagne...

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How to Run

My father's legacy

(January 5, 2017) I grew up in the home of a marathon runner: My father was always training for a race — or recovering from one. My mother, too, cultivated a steady habit...

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Drop it Like a Pot

Fishing for Dungeness crab

(December 15, 2016) Last weekend my dad and I got out for his birthday. We launched our old inflatable boat, powered by a small outboard motor, and took off out of the bay...

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Ghost Town

The Haunted History tour bumps in the night

(October 27, 2016) Most of the sky has darkened but for an apricot streak of sunset over the mouth of Humboldt Bay. Alex Service stands with her back to the water at...

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Recent Comments

  • Re: Sharktober Part 1

    • Right. You have NO idea yet speak like you do.

    • on October 19, 2017
  • Re: Sharktober Part Three

    • The shark cage divers in your part of the world use surfboards to attract sharks…

    • on October 19, 2017
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