All posts by Tony Barthel

Visiting Goat Dairies along California’s North Coast

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Yerba Santa dairy’s Bodega goat cheese

California’s North Coast is home to a variety of goat dairies that produce some wonderful cheeses that have the benefit of being lower in fat than traditional cheese and a delight that even lactose-intolerant individuals can enjoy. Recently we visited two of the goat dairies in the north coast to see where our cheese comes from.

The North Coast is actually home to quite a few goat diaries including Cypress Grove in Arcata,  Pennyroyal Farm in Anderson Valley and Yerba Santa Dairy in Lake County. If that’s not enough, Del Norte has farm tours to see how more of your food is made.

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Two Counties: One Border – Lake & Mendocino wines share a passion

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Two of the most rugged, remote and uncrowded wine regions in California stretch from the crashing surf of the Pacific Ocean in Mendocino to the high desert-like volcanic peak Mount Konocti which overlooks Clear Lake, thought to be the second-oldest lake in the world. For decades, Mendocino and Lake counties have lured tourists with spectacular water views, farm-to-table goodness, forests of redwood and oak and, of course, wine.

While the two counties share a long border and the ability to make outstanding wines, each is worthy of a separate visit to explore, hike, fish, relax and taste varied vintages.

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Great Kayaking in Humboldt County

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California’s North Coast region offers some of the finest kayaking & rafting opportunities in the west.  Bring your own or rent a kayak and gear from one of our outfitters.
The multitude of waterways, Humboldt Bay, Humboldt Wild Life Refuge,  The Lagoonsrivers-Trinity River,  estuaries & sloughs –Eel River Estuary, Mad River Slough, Hookton Slough and coastline, Trinidad Harbor, contain plenty of choices for the first time paddler or wilderness-paddling fanatic alike.

And we have the Outfitters and Guides to make sure you get to enjoy every bit of it! If you are looking to purchase a piece of equipment to complete your own gear and supplies, we’ve got that too. Interested in going out on your own? Here’s a link to “Sea Kayaking the Redwood Coast.” A guide, available for purchase, designed for beginner to expert paddlers that provides detailed directions to launch areas as well as description of routes. (published by Explore Northcoast, a local paddling club).    
          
Humboldt Bay – For a kayaker, there are many interesting trips to take within Humboldt Bay. Large parts of the Bay are included within the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and it’s a prime spot for bird watching and observing marine life.  Boat launching sites. Humboldt Bay includes Arcata Bay, to the north, Humboldt Bay proper (between Eureka and Fields Landing), and the South Bay (south of Fields Landing). Although appearing very large on the map, large parts of the Bay are mud flats, and eel grass beds. All tidally influenced so bring your tide book! 

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Geocaching is a treasure hunt for all ages

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Geocaching is a family-friendly outdoor scavenger-hunt game wherein players hike the great outdoors in search of hidden-treasure caches left by other players. The caches are flamboyant and fun to find, but you don’t take the treasure with you—the rule is that if you take anything from the cache, you leave something else of equal or greater value. It’s more about the outdoor hunting journey, and there’s no place for an outdoor hunting journey quite like the mountains, hiking trails and lookouts of Lake County. Read More

The Monastic side of Mendocino County – a spiritual destination

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Mendocino County is, without a doubt, a spiritual destination unlike any other. Visitors come to take a break from the everyday world, and locals have settled here from all over the globe after discovering something magical – it’s a common refrain that you don’t find Mendocino, Mendocino finds you. Maybe it’s the captivating natural beauty, or the remote quality of the land, or the community of fellow seekers that has built up over the past decades – but whatever it is, the energy that imbues the region is unmistakable. And it’s not just visitors that have discovered this – various spiritual and religious groups have established outposts throughout the county over the years. Many of them are open to public tours (generally by contacting them in advance), and they offer a truly unique travel experience. Here are a few of our favorites.

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