All posts by Tony Barthel

Kayaking and Rafting in Del Norte County

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The Smith River in Del Norte County is considered one of the cleanest rivers in the world. It is a crown jewel of the Wild and Scenic River system, and the only free-flowing river in California, completely undammed from start to finish! The unique rocky terrain of the Smith means the water does not get muddy from run-off. In fact, the jade-blue water is clear to the rocky bottom in pools of up to 30 feet! Read More

Lake County’s Quilt Trail is a unique treasure hunt

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The beautiful wine country region of Lake County is always outstanding for a Sunday drive, as it is home to California’s first-ever quilt trail. Lake County’s winding, pastoral roads about 100 miles north of San Francisco feature an organized network of more than 100 colored quilt blocks on the sides of the barns, wineries and historic buildings. Quilt trails are a modern-day public art exhibition that celebrates rural traditions dating back to the 1800s. Read More

Anglers Choice Tidewind sport fishing

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Tidewind Sport fishing is located in the Port of Brookings, 25 minutes north of Crescent City in Del Norte County.  The Port of Brookings is noted to be one of the safest harbors along the coast due to the direction it faces.  The Port of Brookings harbor is also located in a cove, this gives us an opportunity to fish most comfortably.  A morning fishing trip is always fun and predictably fishable.  Later morning trips are available, weather permitting, for those who prefer a later start to the day. Read More

Ten Must-See Redwood Trees

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Whether for hikes, hugs or holy encounters, an amazing number of botanical giants await on California’s Redwood Coast, home of the world’s tallest trees. So follow in the footsteps of Luke Skywalker and Brad Pitt to see these wonders in Redwood National Park and near the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt County, just a few hours north of San Francisco and easily accessible from Hwy 101 in Humboldt County. Read More

Paddling the Big River

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Big River is, as the name implies, big. But it’s also beautiful. It’s also rich with life. It’s also protected. It’s also rich with history. It’s all these things, and so much more. It’s one of Mendocino County’s great resources, and while you can see it by foot or by bicycle, there is truly no better way to appreciate it than by getting on the water and exploring its length.

The history of the land dates back to the very beginning of western settlement of the Mendocino Coast – with the first lumber mill on the coast established at the mouth of Big River in 1852. The mill built here was the most important in Mendocino County for decades, and a 9 mile railway line helped service logging operations (the remains of old wooden trestle bridges can still be spotted on your trip). Logging continued in the area for well over a century, but in 2002 more than 7,400 acres of the watershed were purchased in order to be preserved by the State Parks system. Big River is the longest undeveloped estuary in Northern California.

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