A Landing a Day

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Garberville, California

Posted by graywacke on October 18, 2011

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-a-week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  Wow.  This is practically overwhelming.  Five USers in a row and 6/7, with this landing in . . . CA; 90/105; 6/10; 4; 155.7.  Here’s my landing map, showing my proximity to Garberville:

By the way, this was my 1968th landing; noteworthy I guess because I graduated from high school in 1968.  Anyway, here’s a broader view (which shows the Eel R just east of my landing):

Here’s my GE shot, showing an open meadow / pasture surrounded by woods.  Off to the right, is the S Fk of the Eel R, and the (somewhat) famous Highway 101.

Obviously, I landed in the watershed of the S Fk of the Eel R (2nd hit); on to the Eel (5th hit).  This makes the Eel the 145th watershed on my list of watersheds with 5 or more landings.  Here’s a nice shot of the S Br of the Eel R, just north of my landing (a Panaramio shot by “aksnowbunny”):

I landed in northern Mendocino County, just south of Humboldt County.  Here’s what Wiki had to say about Garberville, under the “Economy” section:

There is a Cannabis College in Garberville, and the town has been called “the marijuana heartland of the US” by BBC News.

Cannabis College?  Really?  Well, apparently, yes, really.  Here’s a screen-saver shot of the 707 Cannabis College website (by the way, “707” is the area code):

Here’s some more info on Humboldt County, from Wiki:

Humboldt County is widely known for its cultural attributes associated with the cultivation and proliferation of marijuana. In the years before the growing and use of marijuana for medical reasons became legal – from the early 70s through the 80s – Humboldt County saw a large migration of the Bay Area counter-culture to its region. Many came looking to purchase cheap land, and ended up growing marijuana to pay for the land.

Especially around Garberville and Redway, the rural culture and hippie scene eventually collaborated to create a “hippy-billy” community in which marijuana became the center of the economy.

Kind of sounds like the wild west, eh?  Anyway, enough about the illegal weed . . .

I’ll close with shot of a bridge over the S Br of the Eel, a Panaramio Shot by Richard Campbell (during what must be the dry season):

That’ll do it. . .

KS

Greg

© 2011 A Landing A Day

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