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Every year, dozens of paddlers from Bay Area Sea Kayakers assemble on the rugged northern California coast for a weekend of rock gardening, ocean whitewater, exploratory coastal paddling, food, and drink. This is known as Mendocino Madness. This was my second year. It is always amazing. And this is some of what I saw.

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Sure, it’s fun to paddle the briny seas, but how about a high-altitude lake that’s three times saltier than the ocean? Where strange, alien limestone formations appear from the water? Where nothing can live except brine shrimp and alkali flies, yet this supports amazing bird life?

Count me the hell in. So: What was it like?

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