Despite a windy, rainy forecast again for this year's third annual
Witches Paddle on Humboldt Bay, an energetic coven of witches showed up with
stand-up boards and paddles in hand to enjoy what turned out to be a breezy,
sunny day. In addition, a quartet of witches showed up at the put-in boat ramp
to provide a Witches Dance sendoff for participants.
Photo by Mark Larson
A cheerful witch with a butterfly pin in her hat waved to friends along the Eureka Boardwalk along Humboldt Bay.
Earlier in the week, organizer Jody Himango, an avid weather
watcher, had put out warnings on the event's Facebook page about possible
cancelation due to high winds but the collective witches' spells came through
with good weather. See the slideshow below for highlights.
Just after 2 p.m., the witches paddled out from the Eureka
Public Marina along West Waterfront Drive against an outgoing tide, but with
the wind at their backs. They headed east past the Adorni Center, where the
Party in Pink Zumbathon was raising money for the Breast and GYN Health
Project in Arcata, and the Woodley Island Marina.
After circling around offshore from Halvorsen Park, the
witches headed back west to the take-out, assisted by the outgoing tide.