By Mikal Jakubal
On Saturday, Heart Of The Redwoods Hospice held its annual fundraising barbecue, “Taste Of The Cove,” at Shelter Cove, on the shores of Humboldt County. There was the usual live music, socializing and tons of excellent food, especially local fish cooked to perfection.
I got there in time to get a yummy plate of food, but too late to film the surreal event in the photo. Apparently, a local Deputy raided someone’s pot patch in Shelter Cove, strapped the plants to his vehicle and pulled up next to the Hospice event. According to numerous witnesses, he jokingly announced something along the lines of, “here’s a donation for Hospice.”
One witness described the plants strapped to the vehicle “like a hunter with three deer strapped like trophies to his truck.”
This sort of thing, which might be considered surreal or offensive elsewhere, is so normal around here that I don’t think anyone was bothered. A few people did express regret for the poor grower who probably lost his whole year’s income. Many people later saw the vehicle driving through Redway, probably on the way to the place where they burn confiscated pot plants. This sort of scene will only get more and more common as Humboldt moves into harvest season.