Sea to Summit: A Return to Salmon Mountain

Sea to Summit: A Return to Salmon Mountain

(May 26, 2022) While I was rushing to complete the Sea-to-Summit challenge in 2020, cycling and hiking from the ocean to mountain tops around Humboldt before weather and wildfires thwarted my plans, my...

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Spring Migration

(May 19, 2022) For Humboldt birders, May is a magical month. Spring migration is in full swing, and throughout the county the skies, marshes, forests, bay and grasslands are filled with birds. Some...

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Running Angry

(May 5, 2022) I never liked running. As a chubby teenager, I signed up for track hoping to emerge from the season more like my friends, the whippet-like McCann sisters who glided through...

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Down the Hikshari' Trail 

(April 28, 2022) Robbie and I lock our bikes a couple of minutes before the Herrick Avenue Park and Ride off U.S. Highway 101, where the Hikshari' Trail veers left. Then we...

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In Search of the Marbled Murrelet

(April 21, 2022) Earlier this year, I celebrated a major birthday — well, "survived" is perhaps the better word. It was one of those milestones that falls on the far side of middle-aged,...

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Sea to Summit: King Peak

(April 7, 2022) I left the house at 6 a.m. to pick up Natalie and drive south for the tenth and final Sea-to-Summit Challenge. She is a great adventure partner, always up for...

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Getting (Back) Into Running with Six Rivers Running Club

(March 31, 2022) I've been out of the running game for a while. I let my old jogging habits fizzle out during the pandemic, but once I got vaxxed and moved to Humboldt...

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An Eye on the Sparrow

(March 24, 2022) Sparrows, in my opinion, get a bum rap. Few species give birders — even expert ones — more ID trouble. They're small and typically some shade of brown, hence their...

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Sea to Summit: Horse Mountain

(March 17, 2022) My alarm went off at 5 a.m., and I questioned again why I torture myself with these brutal awakenings. My sluggish thoughts were grumpily resistant to starting the day until...

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Cycling Along the Water

To the end of the Humboldt Bay Trail

(March 10, 2022) Driving south from Trinidad, I got off at the Crannell Road exit and parked at the north end of Clam Beach Road. As I set up the bicycle, my...

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History Looped at Fort Humboldt

(March 3, 2022) We walk through our world in the footsteps of those who came before, sometimes treading the same path unaware. As a teen, I visited the Ulysses S. Grant home in...

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Coho Salmon Eggs and Egress

(February 24, 2022) Years ago, I was standing in an Alaskan stream with a flimsy fishing rod, trying to catch a spawning salmon. I had pedaled about 9 miles from my place...

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Scouting for Beginner's Birding Binoculars

(February 10, 2022) For my 11th birthday, my parents surprised me with a pair of Jason Statesman zoom binoculars from a discount catalog. I was crazy about birds and while by today's standards...

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Clam Beach Run ­Splashes Again

(February 3, 2022) More than 600 runners and walkers lined up under warm, sunny skies in Trinidad on Saturday afternoon for the start of the 56th annual Trinidad to Clam Beach Run ­Honoring Ford...

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Samoa Sidestep

A dune trail with history, off-roaders and breathtaking views

(January 27, 2022) On Samoa Road there is a mile marker that always puts a smile on my face: Hum Co 0. The zero line is across the street from a not-so-secret trail,...

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Get Out in Nature More in 2022

(January 20, 2022) "However you decide to exercise, remember to make your moving joyful" was the recommendation with which I ended the article I wrote for this column in January of 2020....

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  • Re: Down the Hikshari' Trail 

    • A map showing your journey would have been a great addition to this.

    • on May 1, 2022

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