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Sacramento Bee, February 3, 2016 Paul McHugh, Outdoors Writer, Special to the Bee As a legend has it, the magic Scots village of Brigadoon comes to life once each century – but true love can help someone stay there longer. The historic ski haven of Badger Pass at...
I am a writer. I am a story-teller. Stories are the way we tell ourselves about life, the earth, and each other. They are the way we create and order awareness. How we explain ourselves and all our deeds. The way we lead ourselves through a day, as well as how we...
BY PAUL MCHUGH Special to The Bee SUISUN CITY Water-sport fans, take heart: The sea won’t go dry despite the drought. Access to the ocean can begin with San Francisco Bay, essentially a long tongue of the ocean. A new and growing “water trail” system is devoted to...
BY PAUL MCHUGH Special to The Bee Brush grew so thick on the ridgeline I could not see a hiking companion just 20 feet away from me. I looked down at cuts on my hands and rips in my shirt, then gazed back up at the summit mesa of Cedar Roughs Wilderness. Despite our...
Follows the Course of Maritime History September 16, 2012 By Paul McHugh Conquistador and explorer Juan Cabrillo sailed right by the narrow entry to San Francisco Bay without noticing it in 1542. For two additional centuries, other adventurous sea captains like Sir...
Paul McHugh comments: I never met the fabled Hal Silverman in person. He was editor of “California Living”— one of three (count ‘em, three!) magazines that ran in the Sunday edition of the combined San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner in the late 1970s....
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North Coast Kayaking Series
A 400-mile, sea kayak voyage along California’s shore. A remarkable sequence of stories published in the San Francisco Chronicle and on S.F. Gate
A half-day spent performing any sport is a bit much.
If your goal is performing coastal exploration, a classic square-rigged sailing ship constitutes rather a blunt instrument.
Unlike original adventurers and explorers on the North Coast, I arrived bolstered by the aid of a few excellent electronic devices, which I’m not embarrassed to admit.
When you go to a place and want to truly understand, it’s good to speak with folks who’ve been living there for quite a while.
A notion of the “will of heaven” is extremely useful.
My original plan, after rounding the rhino horn of Cape Mendocino, called for making landfall at the mouth of the Mattole River.