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The Kinetic Grand Championship Races of Humboldt County

Queen Kaleidoscope

Queen Kaleidoscope

THE 2017 KINETIC GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP RACES
(a spectators story – by Grace)
Michael and I had talked about going up to the Eureka area and watching the Kinetic Races for some time. We weren’t sure of when they took place and so on Thursday May 30th when I researched it I was surprised to find, THEY WERE IN 2 DAYS!!  On Friday morning we woke up and made a spontaneously decision, “LET’S DO IT!!!”  We quickly stocked the RV with food, water, diesel and other supplies that we would need and set out on a 4 hour, 200 mile plus journey to Humboldt County.  It’s always such beautiful scenery driving north on highway 101.  The hills still have some green left on them from all the heavy rains last winter.  The wildflowers are still blooming and showing off a splendor of color. Soon we would be under the dark canopy of glorious redwoods.  Along the way we learned about Hobart Brown (a sculpture artist) and how the Kinetic Races began in 1969. It seems one day he decided that his sons tricycle needed some revamping to a five-wheeled, decorated pentacyle.  The next thing you know he coined his mission statement, “Adults having fun so children will desire to grow older.”  to describe the Kinetic Races that have been taking place every Memorial Day for the last 48 years.  One never knows where their unique and original idea can lead them to.  The closer we got, the more excited we became.  It was good to get that one day jump start to find a place to hunker down and call home for the next few days.  Thankfully we found a spot at the Eureka Elks club for just 25.00 per night for members that included electricity, cable, wifi and a free drink at the bar to top it off.
Day 1 – On Saturday we headed to The Arcata Plaza where the racers would come in for brake check, pageantry judging and perhaps a bribe or two which we learned is also part of the overall game plan to taking home one of the many titles that would be awarded over the next several days.  After a parade around the plaza the racers would head through Manila Dunes to “Dead Mans Drop” near Samoa Cookhouse.  Unfortunately we didn’t read about the need to carry bug spray with us as we found out the area was thick with mosquitoes and ticks.   That didn’t stop the spectators and soon the dunes were crowed making it difficult to get a good view to see the races go down the actual drop.  Needless to say Michael had that covered with cautious help from his drone and his willingness to explore other vantage points.  Day 1 was full of adventures and good times for the trill seekers as well as those of us watching.
Day 2 – After a good night sleep (for us anyway) we headed for our first stop at the  Wharfinger buildings near the public marina where the Kinetic Racers would test their rigs for sea worthiness.  They could also pick up a prize for the “Biggest Splash” here.  Once again the docks were loaded with spectators which is wonderful for the event but difficult when your trying to set up for photos and video with an 80lb Siberian Husky in tow.  Kaliki and I found a place on a dock and enjoyed some great conversations and got some video and photos as well.   We all held our breath as the crafts hit the water and watched them struggling through the low tide mud areas.  There some would sink and some would capsize and some would swim.  Loud cheers could be heard as they broke free to sail their course.  As they made their way along the course we would meet them up the road a mile or two and watch them emerge from the water.  It was very impressive to see the team spirit and teamwork that went into each segment.  Pumping up their pontoons before entering the water and then letting out the air and disassembling their vessels to prepare them once again for the town streets was obvious to the most casual observer that a lot of time and practice went into each phase.  After another fun filled day Michael and I took the advice of many towns people and headed to the Samoa Cookhouse for a late lunch.  We were not disappointed by the family size meal complete with homemade bread, soup, salad, pot roast, beans, potatoes, cake and even coffee for a mere 15.00 all served by a cheerful waitress who had moved up to the area just a few months before to escape the central valley hot summers.
Day 3 Michael and I decided to split up for a few hours.  He dropped me off in the charming town of Arcata to scope out the finish line while he headed back down to Elks River to watch them cross the swift currents.  While in town I took advantage of walking the streets to see some of the beautiful Victorian homes and downtown storefronts.  I was pleasantly surprised to find myself in the middle of a Memorial Day Parade as well, so that was an extra bonus for me as well by getting there early.   As the streets filled up the many volunteers that had made this race possible began to prepared the Finish Line on Main and Brown Street.  KHUM radio set up with husband and wife DJ team Cliff & Amy Berkowitz and the Royal Kinetic Madness Band played while the children danced.  Even the Rutabaga reigning Queen Kaleidoscope was there to welcome home the 3 day weary racers from their 50 mile course over land, sand, water and mud.   Needless to say, (but I will) a grand time was had by all.  Be sure to watch the videos linked below to find out who brought home the Kinetic Grand Championship title for 2017.

Adults having fun so children will desire to grow older.” – Hobart Brown

TriloBike Test Kitchen takes home 2017 Kinetic Grand Champions

TriloBike Test Kitchen takes home 2017 Kinetic Grand Champions

cTv, 2017 Arcata Kinetic Grand Championship Race, #1 Contestant Qualifications

https://youtu.be/ufvwcVMHV3w

cTv, 2017 Arcata Kinetic Grand Championship Race, #2 The Pageantry Judging

https://youtu.be/4uEld7sIA-E

cTv RV Life, 2017 Kinetic Grand Championship Race, #3 Pre-race Laps 

https://youtu.be/n8er0XyieRg

cTv RV Life, 2017 Kinetic Grand Championship Race, #4 Dead Mans Drop 

https://youtu.be/q_R1JaiY4ho

cTv RV Life, 2017 Eureka Kinetic Race, Dead Man Drop Part 2, Grand Championship

https://youtu.be/JhTtti3WQKE

cTv RV Life, 2017 Eureka Kinetic Pre-Race Day 2, Sea Preparation 

https://youtu.be/1dvfSnKqUF0

2017 Eureka Kinetic Race & Drone sea water video, cTv RV Life 

https://youtu.be/33OLEt7FF5I

2017 Eureka/Ferndale Kinetic Race Day 3 drone video, Crossing Eel River, cTv RV Life

https://youtu.be/8klubyzD5r8

2017 Eureka Kinetic Sculpture Race Day 3, The Finish Line, cTv RV Life

https://youtu.be/9gomQcAx3ek

 PHOTO ALBUM: https://californiatravelvideos.smugmug.com/Kinetic-Grand-Championship-Race-2017/

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cTv RV Life, Quartzsite, Drone, Escapees-Xscapers Convergence, Hill Climb

Excitement today – starting off with a drone flight over La Posa, then off to visit with Escapees Xscapers Quartzsite Convergence to climb the “big hill” and finish the day with a bonfire to cheer on the Scavenger Hunt award winners – awesome group and wish we didn’t have to leave our new friends so soon…

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cTv at Twin Peaks (San Francisco) for Grace’s Birthday #RVLife drone

Nothing quite like Twin Peaks views overlooking San Francisco on a clear winter day (during a side trip getaway between California Travel Videos trips in our Recreational Vehicle).  And with low winds we caught someone flying a Phantom drone… kinda naughty to fly above peaks within 5 miles of San Francisco International airport!

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cTv, Playing at Casini Ranch Park, Guerneville Highlights, Kozlowski Farm Specialty Foods

In our first of two segments travelling up the Russian River, we enjoyed an awesome RV getaway at the SPECTACULAR Casini Ranch Park and Campground.  We also checked out the ever eclectic Guerneville, the majestic Northwood Golf Course deep in the Redwoods, and Kozlowski Farm specialty food store on our way to Sebastopol. Be sure to also check out our outrageous canoe trip on the Russian River on our next segment!

Casini Ranch Park

Casini Ranch Park

Next up: cTv RV Life, Russian River canoe water fight at Casini Ranch – flip time? 

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cTv, At Point Arena wonder dog Kaliki goes for it… (aka DIRTY DOG!)

Prior to owning our RV, we traveled North to Point Arena to enjoy the rural ocean scenery with our Siberian Husky, Kaliki, who discovered formidable burrowing gopher holes.  We all got our money’s worth going down to the Greenwood State Beach  in the sleepy city of Elk.  Next we will check out Bowling Ball Beach and the Point Arena Lighthouse.

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cTv, Samuel P Taylor State Park #2,, Hiking, History, Play deep in the Redwoods

Here we go again on day 2 at lovely Samuel P Taylor State Park – hiking trail, learning about the park’s history and predecessors, plus playing in the beautiful redwoods.  While we were fortunate to stay at the park during non-peak days (Sunday and Monday night) at the end of summer when schools were back in session, the park, river and redwoods are always worth admiring.

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Meet Rhiannon

cTv, RV Romance or What Could Happen on our Maiden Voyage to Bodega Bay?

Finally, we are off and ready for romance in our Fleetwood RV “Rhiannon” on our first trip.  It’s celebration time for two newbies ready to taste the good life and RV Living in our recreational vehicle. So will we find romance or…?  We’re rookies, so please feel free to coach us with your comments and be sure to SUBSCRIBE on our YouTube channel with more fun coming in Part 2…

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Sunset Garden Exhibit

cTv at Cornerstone Sonoma Crossroads, Sunset Garden Exhibit

Mother’s Day at the Sunset exhibit – What a great opportunity to take our mothers out for the day and a great way to celebrate their day!  Located approximately 1 hour north of San Francisco at the gateway of Sonoma and Napa County in California’s beautiful Wine Country.  If you love flowers, nature, gardens and art this is a place to see.

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2016 Petaluma Rivertown Revival

2016 Petaluma Rivertown Revival – Steam Punk, Burning Man rhino by California Travel Videos

2016 Petaluma Rivertown Revival – steam punk, featuring music by Odd Job Ensemble, Robert Dougherty & his “Curious Drawings,” the Bus Shoppe clothing & costumes, Clover Stornette, Burning Man Rino and more!  This events takes place yearly in the downtown area of our hometown and is a benefit for Friends of the Petaluma River (FOPR).   Grace is looking forward to being more prepared in 2017 with costumes and accessories.

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Kaliki the Wonderdog

Our Siberian Husky – Water Workout at Corte Madera by California Travel Videos

Jan 11th 2016 – Kaliki, our Siberian Husky loves to do water workout exercising at Richardson Bay in Corte Madera. Look for more upcoming California Travel Video shows with Kaliki.

update:  We learned later that our dog should of been on a leash in this area.  A little ways down from here they had a beach where it was ok to have them to be off leash.  Still newbies but will be more careful in the future. :-)

 

Corte Madera

Corte Madera

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