Be it ever so Humbodlt… – Los Angeles Times

Nobody told me to stop shaving before visiting Humboldt County, but I figured it couldn’t hurt. More than a few friends had described this stretch of coast and mountains 250 miles north of San Francisco as “granola central.” As if on cue, the morning after my arrival in late May, the front page of the Eureka Times-Standard ran a photo of 550 area kids lying on a beach to form a yin-yang symbol.

The reality of the place, however, is more than just whole-grain goodness. Above all, literally and rhetorically, are redwood majesties up to 360 feet tall and 2,000 years old, in national, state and city parks. If these trees don’t move you, you need to have your soul examined.

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