Hiking in Place with the Ramblers

Hiking in Place with the Ramblers

(October 22, 2020) The North Coast, with its wealth of natural environments to explore, from mountains and marshes to river trails and redwood forests, is also rich in hiking groups. Recently I checked...

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A Bicycle Ride Among the Giants

Scenery, produce and forest bathing in one trip

(September 10, 2020) At 7 a.m. on Sunday, the forest is quiet, the temperature cool, the road sparsely used by cars. This is an ideal time to ride my bicycle on the Avenue...

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Van Duzen Venture

Hiking along the river and trails of the county park

(August 27, 2020) My spouse and I follow winding State Route 36 on a lovely July day. We, like many, have not been out in a long time and it feels good to...

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Alone in the Fog

A swimming scare on Stone Lagoon

(July 9, 2020) I could feel bubbles of panic on the edges of my mind but I forced myself to concentrate on my breaststroke. Arms parting, arms parting. Focus.  I knew if I...

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Rough Waters

Rafting businesses navigate social distancing

(July 2, 2020) The water level on the Trinity River is just right and the hot summer weather is ideal. But a month after local white-water rafting businesses received approval to reopen from...

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Building Trails and Resilience

An update on the virtual Trails Summit

(June 11, 2020) Humboldt County has come a long way from the days when railroads dominated the conversation about economic development and few local politicians saw trails as a community priority. It took...

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Alone at the Top

The rewards of a tough climb up Salmon Mountain

(June 4, 2020) Salmon Mountain is situated on the borders of Humboldt and Siskiyou counties, a stone's throw away from the triple point with Trinity County. At 6,960 feet, its highest point lies...

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In the Wind on Humboldt Bay

(May 14, 2020) What do you do for fun outside in this era of physical distancing when the wind is blasting?  For 77-year-old Peter Portugal and his 40-year-old son Bohdi, the best answer...

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Joyful Moving

(January 16, 2020) Every year, between the end of December and early January, I read a fair number of articles focused on health and wellness. My favorite this season was: "How to...

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King Peak

A winter wonderland worth the trip

(December 12, 2019) Heading south on U.S. Highway 101, I came around a bend of highway meandering along the Eel River where it slithers its way around one avenue of Redwoods after the...

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