Sunday, March 3, 2013

Behind The Redwood Curtain

I live in an area that is commonly referred to as "Behind The Redwood Curtain". In some ways, I live on an island composed of prehistoric terrain and incredible coastal expanses.

King Salmon

About 250 miles north of San Fransisco nestled in a temperate rain forest and edged by a fierce and majestic coast lies Humboldt County. Isolated from the rest of California, Humboldt County contains a wealth of lifestyles. It was originally solely inhabited by the Yurok, Karuk, Wiyot, Chilula, Whilkut and Hupa tribes, and later "discovered" by fur traders (many looking for the Northwest Passage),  prospectors, and loggers. As you can imagine, the community that remains is diverse.

Clam Beach

As an outsider (I'm originally from southern California, but have been in Humboldt for 16 years) I was stuck by the sense of community, interesting politics, and amusing characters, as well as the incredibly beautiful landscape. People go green here and they take it to the extreme and Humboldt State University is the seat of many of the green initiatives in the community. Hot topics in the area include salmon, crab, land use, timber, environmentalism, and marijuana. There are more artists in Humboldt County per capita that any other county in California.

Hammond Trail

Yearly events include the Kinetic Sculpture Race, The Oyster Festival, The Tour of The Unknown Coast, The Perilous Plunge, A Taste of Main Street, The Redwood Coast Jazz Festival, Reggae on the River, North Coast Open Studios, The Fortuna Rodeo and many more.

Mouth of the Mad River

But the thing that engages and amazes most everyone is the trees.

Redwood Park

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  1. Erin! That is so beautiful and inspiring! I lived in California for about 14 years, but never reached that far north. Now I wish I had!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you Cynthia! I'm afraid I really did not do the area justice with those photos.

  3. Erin, my husband and I once took a trip and toured Humboldt. Stayed at Eureka, Ferndale, and drove along the Lost Coast. So beautiful there.

  4. Wow!! Fantastic place you live in.

  5. Beautiful, and love your photos, especially the one from clam beach.

  6. I love the Redwood forests! The trees are spectacular!! Sounds like a wonderful place to live. Thanks for sharing. : )

  7. I LOVE your photos. I'm such a sucker for places like this. I think I would also LOVE Oregon and Washington state. Although winters would probably be much too cold for me.

  8. Everyone should visit this area at least once. It's a very humbling and awe inspiring environment. The weather is actually quite mild here and doesn't drop below 50 or reach above 70 often. We do have some brisk evenings in the winter (30's) and a few "hot" days in the summer (above 80 is very rare). It does rain a lot though.