Out in the Coast Range

I spent last night camped at Grizzly Redwoods, listed on the map as a state park but now purchased and run by Humboldt County in the wake of California’s budget issues. I’m high up in the Coast Range now, spending the weekend in the mountains while I work on letters for my Kickstarter project. Here are a few photos from this morning’s short hike near the Van Duzen river and also tonight’s camp.

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North Coast, continued

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Drove to a place called Usal Beach yesterday. It’s in a state park that was closed due to California budget cuts, but locals have removed the barricades and continued to camp there in spite of its official status. The road in was quite scenic, but the campground and beach had a bit of a trash-strewn, Mad Max vibe going on. So I decided to push on north and camped last night at Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The executive summary: Big trees are big. Right now I’m in Fortuna, an apparent stronghold of the West Coast’s unique hippie-but-also-redneck hybrid subculture.

Been having a fun time writing two-page letters for my Kickstarter project, getting away from collage and spending more time with pen and ink. Scanned a big bunch of postcards this morning, and will be transcribing the text this weekend.

Back on the road

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Back on the road today. Left the Bay Area yesterday after getting the staples removed from my legs. Did a short-ish, four mile hike at Salt Point State Park, where I was half convinced that every noise in the woods heralded the arrival of an angry pig bent on finishing the job. Now I’m sitting in a coffee shop in Fort Bragg, working on letters. The drawing above is a cameraphone shot from a little “Hippies vs. Loggers” comic strip I drew to illustrate the local scene.

Out of the hospital and walking

Hi folks — greetings from sunny Santa Rosa, California. I’m out of the hospital and walking, and just wanted to share a few pictures and give a bit of an update on what actually happened to me. On Saturday I was attacked by a wild boar in Sonoma County, and I’m lucky to still be here.

I’ll write more about the attack when things have settled down, but the short story is that I arrived in Sonoma County late on Friday night so that I could visit my family, who was in the area for my sister-in-law Kelsie’s Ironman triathlon. After I wished her good luck at 5 a.m. on Saturday morning, I was out with the dogs around dawn when we were attacked by a wild boar. Skillet was jarred but unscathed, while Kaida and I are both lucky to be alive. Both of my legs were lacerated to the bone, and I was released from the hospital just yesterday. I’m spending the next few days at a Santa Rosa hotel with my mom, who has been kind enough to prolong her stay be a few extra days in case my recovery turn shaky.

If you want to see what my legs looked like after surgery, click here. It’s not too bad, but it’s also not for the squeamish.

But as you can see from the pictures below, both Kaida and I are feeling much better.

Photo of me in a wheelchair before leaving the hospital.

I was capable of walking out — I’d already wandered across the entire hospital looking for a drawing that Charles Schulz had left behind on a wall during a stay here more than ten years ago — but the hospital staff insists on wheeling you out, presumably for liability reasons.

Photo of my dog Kaida and I recovering together after the boar attack.

Here’s Kaida and I in bed together after we were released from the animal and human hospital, respectively. She gets a warm compress on her neck that she seems to regard as a spa treatment that she deserves because she’s special.

One more thing: Charles Schulz used to live in the area, and when he stayed in the hospital in the 1990s, he left a Snoopy cartoon on one of the walls. When the hospital was remodeled, the wall was cut out and preserved behind glass. I wanted a goal to walk toward when I was first using my newly stitched-up legs, so I decided to wander the hospital until I found the drawings. I apologize for the poor quality of the cameraphone photos, but I thought I’d share what I found here. If you’re wondering what exactly is going on here, Snoopy is trying to use an incentive spirometer.

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