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Harbin Hot Springs and the Ten Thousand Fragments of Brahma

Goat Trails

Story and photos by Ryan Masters

Nov. 19, 2014—When surrounded by penises you realize that each one is unique. Not unique like the divine delicacy of a snowflake—grotesquely unique like the melting nose of a waxen clown. But still unique.

So You Want To Know What's Behind The Sign.

What's behind the big yellow sign, you ask?

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Danny MacAskill Takes 'Impossible Pinnacle' on Santa Cruz Bronson

Natural History and Pagan Rituals Under a Frost Moon

The moon rises over the East Side on Nov. 6, 2014, as seen from the Santa Cruz harbormouth. Ryan Masters photo.

In this week's Goat Trails Ryan Masters goes on a moon walk with the Museum of Natural History and celebrates a pagan ritual—on the same beach.

Fat Tire Friendships

Riding with the Mission Hill Middle School Bike Club.

Rules for Rainy Season Riding

Photo by Bruce Dorman

Rain is good. Eroded trails aren't. How to be a force for good and not evil when mountain biking after rain.

SF Giants World Series Victory Parade

Giants manager Bruce Bochy with the World Series trophy

Oct. 31, 2014—I am standing in the rain at the corner of McAllister and Hyde in San Francisco surrounded by my people—that is to say, hundreds of thousands of Giants fans. We are watching an intrepid drunkard. He wears a floppy orange hat that is cleverly constructed to resemble a squid eating his head and clambering up a lamppost. He proceeds to bait a growing posse of cops in the street below. We find this infinitely amusing because we are cold, wet and bored.

The 2014 Coldwater Classic

Shaun 'Burnsy' Burns getting some air at Steamer Lane. Mike Burns photo.

Santa Cruz surfer Shaun “Burnsy” Burns faces the world at this year's O'Neill Coldwater Classic.

Video: Battling Bucks in Aptos Orchard

Two eight-point blacktails got into a dustup a couple weeks ago in the Aptos hills.

Two old frustrated bucks go at it. Video shot by Chuck Bella of Bella & Sons Orchards on Valencia School Road in Aptos.

Año Nuevo Geology Walk, and Escaping Radioactive Death

Docent Jeff Phillips leads a Coastal Geology Tour at Año Nuevo State Park. To the south lies El Jarro Point, nearly the site of the largest nuclear power plant in California.

Geologic time, like climate change, is nearly impossible for us to get our heads around and really difficult to personalize. However, naturalist Jeff Phillips is giving it a shot.