Photos from Humboldt Bay Critter Crawl
If we're being honest, almost nobody is going to think swimming through Humboldt Bay is a good idea. The boats. The murky waters, the icky things, and the bloodthirsty shark gangs. The cold!
And yet people swim the bay pretty regularly. For fun. Some don't even use wetsuits.
They'll tell you that compared to pool swimming, open water swimming (OWS) is like running through the forest instead of on a treadmill. They love the seals tagging along, the birds coasting just inches over the water, the quiet, and the salty smell of eel grass.
On Sunday, August 2nd the Humboldt Bay Critter Crawl returns.
Via the race's website:
The Humboldt Bay Critter Crawl is a non-competitive open water swim to benefit local charities caring for wild and domestic animals.
The event consists of 2 current assisted swims beginning near the opening to bay. The short course, 0.7 mile swim ends at the county campground. The long course, 4.5 mile swim continues along the Eureka city front to the Woodley Island Marina.
The Critter Crawl benefits the North Coast Marine Mammal Center.
"There's going to be a very strong incoming tide that day, so even if you did nothing but hang out in the water, you would get there eventually," organizer Sarah Green told KHUM today.
Without tidal assistance, this course could take three hours or more to complete. Green said the riverlike bay tide takes a lot of the work out. "Really fast swimmers should be able to do it in under an hour. The slowest person last year took about an hour and a half."
The water temperature is expected to range from the mid 50s to upper 60s. And any OWS has a unique set of safety concerns.
"As far as keeping everybody safe in the water, we do have a lot of support out there. We will be assigning a kayaker to each swimmer individually for the longer swim and will also have motorized support boats on the water," Green said.
She added that this year's Critter Crawl will feature a new twist: on-the-water spectators aboard the Madaket. "There are a limited number of tickets available for people who want to actually watch the swim in progress."
Hear Green's full interview below.
Cliff Berkowitz / Friday, July 10 @ 9:35 a.m. / Event
This morning I spoke with "Poison" of Humboldt Roller Derby about their upcoming Double Header on Saturday at Redwood Acres. The first bout is at 6pm (doors open at 5pm) as the Widow Makers take on the North Jetty Bettys then at 7:30 its the Redwood Rollers taking on the Central Coast 5-0s.
Mike Dronkers / Thursday, July 9 @ 10:42 a.m. / Art
Update: This painting is now up for auction, and the current highest bid is $325. Proceeds are split with Humboldt Surfrider tonight.
When Matt Beard's people reached out yesterday to say he was interested in live-painting KHUM today, we thought it was hoax.
This painting, inspired by KHUM, will be auctioned off at tonight's Ocean Night at the Arcata Theater.
Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, July 9 @ 8:52 a.m. / Theater
This morning I spoke with Jaison Chand, who has the lead in the comedy "Sylvia" now playing at the Ferndale Repertory Theater. It's the story of a man going through a midlife crisis and gets a dog (played by a human) This relationship has an interesting effect on his marriage. This is your final weekend to see this play being called the best comedy of the year. Call 786-LIVE or go to Ferndale-Rep.org for tickets.
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, July 7 @ 1:55 p.m. / Trails
This morning Emily and I spoke with Greg Pratt, General Manager of Humboldt Transit Authority. They have just added a new rout to Tish Non Village (Bear River). We also talked about that all their busses are now have bike racks for bike/bus commuters. We also looked at their bus stops all being upgraded for ADA compliance.
Larry Trask / Tuesday, June 30 @ 1:07 p.m. / Cocktail
Hey! June 30 either is or is not National Mai Tai day. Either way, we'll be enjoying Victor J. Bergeron's delightful invention tonight during The Cocktail Hour (6 pm, KHUM, 104.3 & 104.7, khum.com).
Declared the Official Drink Of Oakland, CA, by Oakland City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan, the Mai Tai hits all the Cocktail Hour targets: Delicious? Check. Classic? Check. Classy? Check. Hip? Check daddy-o!
Here's the original recipe, straight from Trader Vic's:
- 2 ounces aged rum
- 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, juiced lime half reserved
- 1/2 ounce orange curaçao
- 1/4 ounce Rich Simple Syrup (see Game Plan note), also known as rock candy syrup
- 1/4 ounce orgeat
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 1 mint sprig, for garnish
- Combine all ingredients except the mint sprig in a cocktail shaker, shake vigorously, and pour the entire contents into a double Old Fashioned glass.
- Garnish with the juiced lime half and a mint sprig.
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, June 30 @ 9:08 a.m. / Trails
This morning Emily and I spoke with Rich Baker, Humboldt Bay Marathon Director & Assistant Director, Terry Vromanlittle about this First Annual Humboldt Bay Marathon, Sunday August 9th. A lot of planning has gone into putting this event together. It will be going all around Humboldt Bay and through several communities. For registration and information about the event, go to humboldtbaymarithon.com. Proceeds to benefit Humboldt Trails Projects. Pictured here is the artwork that will be on all event shirts and other souvenirs.