The North Coast Series

North Coast Series
October 17, 2005

North Coast Series Postlude

Note from the Author – As I mentioned at the beginning of this series, when I took my buy-out from the Chronicle in 2007, I negotiated the right to re-post...
North Coast Series
October 15, 2005

Home are the Sailors, Home from the Sea

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series By Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer October 15-16 Our beach camp was threatened twice by high tide and large swells. Photo by Paul McHugh....
North Coast Series
October 13, 2005

Drawing Inside the Strait to a Golden Gate

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series By Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer October 13-14 Morning weather report: Fog. Heavy at times. Photo by John Weed. Our ocean loop around Point...
North Coast Series
October 11, 2005

Try to Go Past the Landlord’s Lair

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series By Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer October 11-12 Waves roll from distant Tomales Bay onto the beach at Bodega. Photo by John Weed. We...
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October 10, 2005

The Greening of Bodega Head

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series By Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer October 10 Words are slippery. Yep, they truthfully inform, but can also be deployed to deceive. Amid the...
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October 9, 2005

Sailin’ on South

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series By Paul McHugh October 9 Lucky me! Dawn drove up from just south of San Francisco to share part of a day and...
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October 8, 2005

A Peaceable Fortification

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series By Paul McHugh October 8 The Russian Orthodox chapel with redwood “onion domes,” at Fort Ross State Historic Park. Photo by Michael Maloney,...
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October 7, 2005

A Russky Homecoming

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series By Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer October 7 We rolled out from our sleeping bags and unzipped the tents to gaze upon a new...
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October 5, 2005

Onward, O’er the Bounding Main

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series: A Kayak Adventure Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer October 5-6, 2005 I must confess, it felt a bit tough to say farewell to Point...
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October 4, 2005

Please Lend a Hand, or Get Out of Our Way

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series By Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer October 4  No, it doesn't exactly "bustle." Rush hour in downtown Point Arena. Photo by Michael Maloney, S.F....
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October 3, 2005

A Bright Light in Point Arena

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series By Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer October 3 John Weed kneels in camp to spark up his stove. Photo by Paul McHugh. Poseidon had...
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October 2, 2005

Explore Every Charmed Nook and Cranny

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series: A Kayak Adventure By Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer October 2 Napoleon opined, “An army travels on its stomach.” Right there’s an ol’ boy...
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October 1, 2005

My Special Source of Mission Support

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series: A Kayak Adventure By Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer October 1 It’s been said that behind every successful man is a great woman. However,...
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September 30, 2005

Village by the Sea

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series: A Kayak Adventure By Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 30 Dark and early at 6 a.m., John Weed and I rolled from our...
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September 29, 2005

Harvests of a Harbor Town

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series: A Kayak Adventure Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 29 When three major timber companies Georgia-Pacific, Louisiana-Pacific and Masonite all yanked up stakes and...
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September 28, 2005

Beating Downwind to Fort Bragg

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series: A Kayak Adventure Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 28 Like a DUI driver jugged in the tank, we always appreciate getting some small...
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September 27, 2005

Losing the Lost Coast

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series: A Kayak Adventure By Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 27 Navigation does not deal in absolutes. It always must include some accommodation, a...
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September 25, 2005

Devastation vs. Preservation

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series: A Kayak Adventure By Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 25 California boasts far more than one Lost Coast. Scouting for our 400-mile sea...
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September 24, 2005

Gateway to Another Wild Zone

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series: A Kayak Adventure Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 22 Heard enough stuff about nasty wind and thundering surf? Paul McHugh makes the easiest...
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September 22, 2005

A Peaceful Town’s Turbulent Past

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series: A Kayak Adventure Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 22 A mesa pokes out from the west side of the Coast Range like an...
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September 21, 2005

Seeing Hard Sea Miles, Plus a Shark

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series By Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 21 Let’s stipulate that predicting weather on the North Coast during autumn can be a thankless task,...
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September 20, 2005

Salvaging a Salmon Stream

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series: A Kayak Adventure By Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 20 The Mattole River, upstream view. Photo by Michael Maloney, SF Chronicle. My original...
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September 18, 2005

Out Into a Wet Wilderness

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series By Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 18 A notion of the “will of heaven” is extremely useful. It can inform us a human...
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September 16, 2005

Surfin’ on Radio Waves

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series By Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 16 Unlike original adventurers and explorers on the North Coast, I arrived bolstered by the aid of...
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September 15, 2005

Discovering the Secret of Humboldt Bay

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series By Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 15 If your goal is performing coastal exploration, a classic square-rigged sailing ship constitutes rather a blunt...
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September 14, 2005

Our First Paddle Marathon

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series: A Kayak Adventure By Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 14 A half-day spent performing any sport is a bit much. You’d need to...
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September 13, 2005

In the Sea Lions’ Lair

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series: A Kayak Adventure Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 13, 2005 Paul McHugh selecting a moment to launch from Hidden Beach. Photo by Michael...
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September 12, 2005

A Forest Primeval

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series: A Kayak Adventure Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 12 Northcoast. Paul McHugh offshore of Enderts Beach. Photo by John Weed. As we paddled...
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September 11, 2005

Ancestral Home of the Yurok Nation

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series: A Kayak Adventure Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 11, 2005 This is the last post of our first week along California's North Coast...
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September 10, 2005

Kayaking: A Pounding At The Bar

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series: A Kayak Adventure Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 10 The gale blew itself out by midnight Friday, though we could still hear rain...
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September 9, 2005

Wreck of the SS Brother Jonathan

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 09 She was a fancy side-wheel steamer, a hybrid assisted by a square-rigged sails on two masts. The...
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September 8, 2005

Port’s Identity Crisis

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 08 After our long, cold paddle to Crescent City on Wednesday, we beached our kayaks on Whaler Islander...
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September 7, 2005

Breaking the Waves

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 07 Surrounded by fog and wary of the rough waters near shore, the three kayakers head farther out...
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September 6, 2005

Organic by the Ocean

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 06, Part II Forks of the Smith River, 12 miles upstream from the estuary. Photo by Paul McHugh....
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September 6, 2005

Tale of the Tolowa

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series: A Kayak Adventure Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 6 Prince Island, just north of the Smith River, was a final refuge for the...
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September 6, 2005

Gentle Waves Christen a Peaceful Launch

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series: A Kayak Adventure Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer September 6, 2005 Thai Food. Then "Go or No-Go?" So for our last supper – in...
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September 5, 2005

Putting Together a Paddling Team

San Francisco Chronicle California North Coast Series: A Kayak Adventure Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer For an expedition of this type, a team must be small enough to stay nimble, flexible...
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September 4, 2005

The North Coast Series

San Francisco Chronicle, California North Coast Series Paul McHugh, San Francisco Chronicle Outdoors Writer A Sea Kayak Voyage along California's Pacific Shore 400 miles in 40 days September 4 through...