Humboldt County ’17: The Lost Coast



“The Lost Coast is a mostly natural and development-free area of the California North Coast in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties, which includes the King Range. It was named the “Lost Coast” after the area experienced depopulation in the 1930s.” Wikipedia

I went to school up here in Humboldt in the late 1970s but it has changed since then.


Lost Coasters at Play

As in Orange County, Sacramento, Placer and Los Angeles, the homeless, mobile and sedentary, are increasing in numbers and desperation in these trumpian times.


Gentrification, income inequality and loss of fishing, logging and pot growing has turned Humboldt less magical than in the 1970s and ’80s- not that the streets were paved with gold back then. The aggressive begging people are numerous, their conflicts with the police daily, their littered ‘bum’s rests’ befoul every clearing close to towns.

Shelter Cove Beach cliff formations, conglomerate looking above but schisty and metamorphic below.


If You Can Afford One of These Seaside Cottages Then You’re Probably not Reading This Blog

The peripatetic Cape Mendocino Lighthouse.

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The deer have no fear in Camelot, er, Shelter Cove.



I walked about 45 minutes but could not make it to the southern ‘no pass’ obstruction.



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