The Lost Coast

In 1936, the engineers constructing California‚Äôs Pacific Coast Highway rerouted their plans in Mendocino and Humboldt counties and turned the highway inland. The problem, they said, was the rugged, erosion-prone cliffs that would make the highway expensive and difficult to build. The result was a 50-mile stretch of undeveloped coastline that was left to wilderness … Read more

The Hetch Hetchy

We arrive at the Hetch Hetchy parking lot just after 10am and emerge from the car blinking and stretching under simmering blue skies, then pull our backpacks from the trunk one at a time and spread ourselves in the shade along the opposite curb to repack and adjust. It takes a quarter of an hour … Read more