The mouth of the Mad River is one of my favorite beaches in Humboldt County. It is possible to hike the beach or the Hammond Trail that follows along the river's landward side. This is such a lush area, full of life. If you ever visit, you will see a large family of sea lions, grey whales, osprey, perhaps a bald eagle, countless water birds, and occasional horses ridden along the beach or trail.
The river is by no means mad. The coastal flow of the river was part of the traditional land of the Wiyot People. When Eurpoeans were invading the lands of the local First Nations and "discovering" the area, the Joshia Greg party was seeking a way from the inland gold fields to the coast was the . Story goes that Dr. Greg threw a monumental hissy fit when his group crossed the river and he had to run into the water to catch a ride, getting drenched in the process.
Whether sunny, cloudy, misty, or clear, you will find more lovely skies at Skywatch Friday.