PUBLISHED BY EAT YOUR WORLD MAGAZINE 09/05/17
St. Augustine, in northeastern Florida, has a short-and-sweet secret: the datil pepper. Never heard of it? You’re not alone. Though the datil has been a part of this region’s agriculture and local cuisine for centuries, it is rarely found outside St. Augustine. It’s a small hot yellow-orange pepper that falls between 100,000 and 300,000 on the Scoville scale, ranki...
PUBLISHED BY SHORT WEEKS-LONG WEEKENDS 09/03/17
“The seafood is so fresh, some call it hook-to-mouth!”
Oregon’s Pacific coast produces extraordinary food. Fish, meat, dairy, fruit and veg are plentiful. The Oregon Coast food world is tasty to explore. Tillamook Bay is celebrated for seafood. The region harvests oysters, crab, shrimp, salmon, albacore, halibut, steelhead, lingcod and more. These delights can be caught in the wild, purchased in markets, and found on local tables and restaurant menus...
PUBLISHED 09/18/17 BY GoNOMAD MAGAZINE
Put the top down, slide on your movie star shades, let your hair fly. Your mission, road trip, 100-miles of Florida’s coast.
Two-lane A1A meanders along Northeast Florida’s Atlantic coast. It zigzags frequently, crossing the Intercoastal Waterway, jumping between the mainland and narrow islands sitting like dots and dashes just off-shore...
PUBLISHED 09/01/17 BY WORD OF MOUTH MAGAZINE
There’s a big S-curve about a quarter of the way down the gravel road. A few chuck-holes, a downhill ride, a deep, quiet valley, and you’re in utopia. Redwoods and conifers circle the basin. The Garcia River rolls by. Seventeen acres of fruit and vegetables buzz and hum with bees and pollinators.
My first instinct was to pick an apple from the fence where they were trained to grow...
PUBLISHED 08/22/17 - ByWAYS Magazine
The steam calliope begins to play. A steam whistle blows three piercing blasts. Water begins to churn with the paddle wheel’s rotation. A grand old dame moves away from the dock, and into the mighty Mississippi...
PUBLISHED 08/14/17 - SHORT WEEKS-LONG WEEKENDS
Mt. Hood peaks between the hills from time-to-time. Along two-lane backroads, you’re occasionally slowed by a tractor. Barns, livestock, orchards, farms, and vineyards dress the rolling hills. U-pick fields, farm stands, tasting rooms and cyclist pop-up along the way. You’ll easily forget a busy city is a few miles away.
Less than an hour from Oregon’s coast, and 30-minutes from the west side of Portland...
PUBLISHED 08/11/17 - WHERE MARY GOS
White sand dunes and sea oats, sea turtle nest and gentle surf, afternoon clouds swelling across the Atlantic horizon. All are standard on NE Florida's coast. The uncrowded beaches here are just a bit quieter, especially in summer.
I was fortunate to stay in a secret beach house, located on a beach trail head, in a small oceanfront neighborhood, I lived like a...
PUBLISHED 08/01/17 - FORT BRAGG-MENDOCINO COAST PACKET
Stanford Inn’s Catch A Canoe and Bicycles Too, have rented and sold wind-powered, people-powered and solar-powered transportation options since 1972. The most popular rental boats are redwood, outrigger kayaks. Outriggers can’t be tipped. They’re great for any level of paddler, but ideal for novices. Sizes for solo paddlers or groups of eight can be rented. Some can even take along Fido...
PUBLISHED 07/14/17 - INDEPENDENT COAST OBSERVER
Now you see them, now you don’t. Some are tall and stately, others are short and round. All are charmingly temporary. I’m referring to driftwood structures beach goers build on our beaches. Walk a Mendocino Coast beach and you’ll spot a sculpture, shelter or maybe a bench-log used near a fire ring. People have utilized what washes up on the shore to shelter and warm herself for a very long time. Anyone can do it, no art or architectural training required. All you need is driftwood and a beach.
PUBLISHED 06/19/17 -
IN SEARCH OF
Welcoming towns, small businesses, local food, and a flourishing art and music scene, are the way of life. Open vistas of wild, pristine, nature and Mediterranean temps are captivating. The Mendocino Coast is ideal for a thrifty traveler to soak-up nature, history and good eats. Fort Bragg has plenty of...
PUBLISHED 07/21/17 - INDEPENDENT COAST OBSERVER
“We’re bread people that make pizza”, says Rob and Jill Hunter, co-owners of Arena Cove’s newest eatery.
PUBLISHED 07/01/17 -
FORT BRAGG-MENDOCINO COAST PACKET
In the days before roads and trucks could do the job, the Redwood Route was king. The 131-year old Skunk Train made it possible to move gigantic redwoods from remote mountain forest, to lumber mills in coastal and inland towns.
Today the train is classified as historic. Excursions vary from...
PUBLISHED 06/23/17 - INDEPENDENT COAST OBSERVER
There’s more here than whale watching, a lighthouse, waves and rocks. More than world-renown photo ops. This is raw, always changing, eternally evolving, Nature. You can watch it happening, big and bold. It’s an area so dynamic, yet so fragile, it’s become a national monument, protected for perpetuity.
From Point Arena to Manchester State Park, ten miles of coast line, headlands, meadows, woodlands and Garcia River wetlands are protected public lands...
PUBLISHED 06/15/17 -
SHORT WEEKS-LONG WEEKENDS
The clean crisp air makes you lightheaded. The Pacific coast is stunning. Your digs are perfectly located for a no-drive weekend. Your bags are unpacked, your car is parked. Take off your watch and turn off that phone. Slow down, you’re on Mendo time...
PUBLISHED 05/19/17 - INDEPENDENT COAST OBSERVER
From around the globe, people came to make their fortunes, start a new life, or just disappear into the hubbub of a boom town. Some came for mill or timber work. Others came to farm. Competent sailors and dock hands were in high demand. Craftsmen of all descriptions were needed. Merchants prospered. Many came to provide services to the men working on land and sea. Timbermen and seamen alike needed to eat, sleep, get laundry done, buy new boots and have some fun after days at sea, weeks in the woods or long hours in the mill..