Tromp Blog

Bodysurfing: The Ecstatic Motion

Hawaiian bodysurfing legend Mark Cunningham put on a clinic during the first heat of the 30th Annual Santa Cruz Bodysurfing Championship. Ryan Masters photo.

An encounter with Mark Cunningham—and the mystic poet Rumi—at the 30th Annual Santa Cruz Bodysurfing Championships.

Surviving Alaska: 15 Things to Know

The Prince William Sound has breathtakingly beautiful views of huge mountains and tidal glaciers.

Number 7: Name your bear spray. This is guaranteed to maximize the strength and accuracy of its firing power.

The Great White Redwood

The Great White Redwood in the Byrne-Milliron Forest outside Coralitos. Ryan Masters photo.

Ryan Masters communes with one of the few old-growth redwoods in the southern Santa Cruz Mountains.

Surf … Montana?

River surfer Kevin Benhart Brown says “Missoula is turning into a surf town.” Photo by Paolo Marchesi, copyright Outside Magazine.

Okay, this is weird—according to Outside Magazine my beloved former hometown has become the Surf City of the Rocky Mountain West.

Why the Giants Might Just Win the World Series

Madison Bumgarner: One reason the Giants can be champions again.

by Eric Johnson
Oct. 3, 2014—I sent this email to a friend Wednesday after the Giants beat the Pirates 8-0 in a one-game Wild Card Playoff, a game he had predicted they'd lose in a "maybe next year" email:

Planting A Fall Garden? Read This First.

Persimmon trees: a good source of food for local wildlife.  Photo by Geomr on Wikimedia Commons.

Santa Cruz naturalist Randall Morgan has some creative suggestions about the best plants to attract birds and insects.

My Fair Fungus

Chicken-of-the-Woods: a delicacy—as long as you're not allergic.

A Santa Cruz Mountain rain brings forth Chicken-of-the-Woods and memories for a mountain biking mushroom hunter.

The Outdoor Poet: Sholeh Wolpé

Brocken Inaglory/Creative Commons

After a hiatus, The Outdoor Poet returns with "How Hard is It to Write a Love Song" by Iranian-born poet Sholeh Wolpé.

Merriment, Mole & Mariachi

The chefs of the Kitchen at Discretion Brewing.

The 2nd annual Mole and Mariachi Festival brought throngs of revelers to the Mission Adobe State Historic Park on Saturday in a celebration of the Mexican culture that shaped California.

Video: Pumas Mating in SC Mountains

Hot feline porn underscores the need for wildlife connectivity. (Yes, that's right: we're link-baiting the word "porn" to make you read about the Land Trust's $1 million campaign to build a wildlife crossing. Got a problem with that?)