• Alan Workman
  • Issue of
  • January - March 2019
  • Vol. 5, No. 3
  • Winter/Spring 2019

Save it for a Rainy Day — There's a reason Humboldt County has such a lush, verdant landscape: It rains a lot. Our rains have quenched the thirst of pre-historic forests and rivers, shaping the natural beauty of the North Coast. We kind of love it. Really. When the rains return after a dry spell, you'll hear locals sigh with relief and say how they missed the rain. Most don't even use an umbrella, satisfied to pull up a hood against the drops.

Winter storms mean action on the ocean, too, and there's no better place to watch white caps and rolling waves than Shelter Cove. In this issue, we'll take a trip to Southern Humboldt to gaze at the rugged coastline from the comfort of the cozy Inn of the Lost Coast. You'll get a taste of what's on tap in the Cove with a hearty meal and craft beer at its first brewery, Gyppo Ale Mill, which has already built a strong following. There's an unexpected sampling of sunny Venezuelan flavors — mini empanadas, anyone? — from newcomer restaurant Mi Mochima, too.

Perfect Trips will take you up and down the county for puddles to splash (for you and the kids), museums to poke around in, hot waffles to warm up with and dozens of other wet weather delights. In fact, a little drizzle make the awe-inspiring Fern Canyon hike (you're going to get wet anyway), an outdoor hot tub soak or watching elk from your car even more magical.

Of course, if you're looking for something with a little more adrenaline, we suggest a Humboldt Roller Derby bout. Grab a beer and a hot dog, and we'll take you around the track with the toughest Humboltians on eight wheels. Speaking of interesting women, this issue features a profile of Native artist/curator/drag king and all-around source of fascination and admiration, Brittany Britton.

Back home, someone is bound to ask if you tried any Humboldt cannabis. If you're so inclined, we'll show you to a couple of independent dispensaries that will hook you up with the right stuff, grown right here in the Humboldt sunshine (and rain). We'll let you in on the story behind our local Korean beer (yup, you read that right), The Booth, and point you toward its cans and taps around the county. No tasting room yet but we'll keep you posted.

The Browsing section continues with a tour of curiosities — from the elegant to the eerie — at Many Hands Gallery and Vintage Avenger, where the line between art and fashion is as fuzzy as a disco-era velour jumpsuit.

Bring your umbrella. Or don't.— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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