November 1, 2018
At the top of California, on the edge of the sea, miles of narrow highway curve through redwood forests, separating Del Norte County from the rest of the country. Residents of this remote area have given up the world of shopping malls, high speed internet, specialized medicine, and mainstream culture for wild rivers, lush forests, and undeveloped beaches.
Privacy, space, and startling scenery come at a price: limited job opportunities, poor educational outcomes, and high rates of drug abuse and teen pregnancy. The trade-offs are worth it—for some—but not for others. In their own words, a diverse array of Del Norters share their lives and illustrate both the beauty and challenge of living in this unique area.
Whether tied to the land through tribal alliance, family connections, work or love, each writer’s experience in Come to the Edge: Arrival and Survival in Del Norte County is unique and revealing. There is something familiar about each story, too. No matter where you live, these memoirs reveal that place matters. We are shaped by the land, even as we rise to shape it ourselves.
The book has been available at many locations throughout Del Norte County, including Hiouchi Hamlet, Millsong Mercantile, Wild Rivers Market, and the Yurok Visitor Center.