The 2015 Kinetic Sculpture Race

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As discussed in our June 4, 2015 post, The Humboldt County Kinetic Grand Championship is a local institution. It is also loads of fun, with fun (not to speak of ingenious mechanical) devices, parties and its own since of pageantry. It, however, also entails some real competition. The concept of a Kinetic Sculpture Race was [Read more …]

Making the Best of a Week in Carson Pass, CA

It was as trip we didn’t really want. A use it or lose it timeshare situation that resulted in a week in a very basic ski resort in a very remote location in the Sierras. How remote is it? It is an hour drive for anything other than skiing, hiking or fishing. Heck, [Read more …]

2015 Kinetic Sculpture Grand Championship

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The Humboldt County Kinetic Grand Championship race is a local institution. The concept of a Kinetic Sculpture Race was originated and first held in Ferndale in 1969. The race, referred to as the “triathlon of the arts” is a three-day competition of human-powered art over a 42-mile course along roads, through water and over sand [Read more …]

Exploring and Eating our Way through Eureka, Ferndale and Arcata California

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All three of these Humboldt County towns have their charms; especially in the form of grand, well-maintained Victorian mansions and homes. Each of the towns’ growth and prosperity was funded by a different source. Arcata, for example, earned its initial fortune by selling mining supplies to aspiring gold prospectors: Eureka from lumbering, it’s Trinity gold [Read more …]

Avenue of the Giants to the Historic Benbow Inn

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Our drive through Northern California to Eureka took us through Humboldt Redwoods State Park, the largest remaining grove of first growth redwood trees in the country. All it takes to get a chance of these incredibly impressive trees is to exit from Rt 101 to the Avenue of the Giants, which runs right next to, [Read more …]

Mendocino Area Parks and Walks

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On our way to the annual Humboldt County Kinetic Sculpture Championships (see subsequent posts) we made a brief two-day detour through the Anderson Valley to Mendocino. While Anderson Valley Winery stops and Mendocino restaurants are discussed in our previous post, this post focuses on the walks we took trough the village and especially, in three [Read more …]

Anderson Valley and Mendocino Wine and Food Update—May 2015

We were recently on the way from San Francisco to Mendocino and made a brief Anderson Valley winery stop, which was, in turn a two-day detour on the way to Eureka (see our next post on the Humboldt County Kinetic Sculpture Championships). Anderson Valley Highlights After a brief visit at Silver Oak’s Anderson Valley tasting [Read more …]

Revisiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium

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We recently returned to our favorite aquarium in Monterey California. What a fascinating way to spend a day, staring at cute, playful sea otters, being mesmerized by iridescent jellyfish and trying to identify many of the pelagic giants in the museum’s huge, room-sized tank. We again surveyed the entire aquarium, arranged generally by aquatic environment, [Read more …]

Celebrating Pinot Noir at the SLH Gala

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Amongst one of our favorite California wine regions is Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH), a mountain range that overlooks the Salinas River Valley, where the grapes benefit from a long growing season to produce some spectacular wines. Whenever we can, we try to make it to the SLH Gala held in May. This year our calendar [Read more …]

Meet the New and Improved Chianti Classico Wines

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Consorzio del Vino Chianti Classico (the Chianti Classico Consortium in English) has been busy over the last few years, having sponsored a comprehensive 16-year study (1987 through 2003) of the entire Chianti Classico process. They examined everything from the various grapes and clones from which the wines are made, the root stocks which are planted, [Read more …]