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The Golden Gate Bridge: Spanning the Gap

May 2, 2016 · Leave a Comment

The Golden Gate Bridge: Spanning the Gap

As I update this Golden Gate chapter in my book Northern California History Weekends: 52 Adventures in History for a new release, I am reminded of the joy and beauty that so many San Francisco visitors experience because of their encounter with the Golden Gate Bridge.

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The Discovery and Saving of Yosemite: A Militiaman’s Emotions

April 19, 2016 · Leave a Comment

The Discovery and Saving of Yosemite: A Militiaman’s Emotions

As I go to Yosemite to see the 2016 waterfalls on parade, after the snowy winter, I update this Yosemite chapter of my book Northern California History Weekends.

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Rambling California’s Historic Highway 49: Starting with Columbia, the Preserved Gold Rush Town

April 13, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Rambling California’s Historic Highway 49: Starting with Columbia, the Preserved Gold Rush Town

I am rediscovering the California Gold Country as I travel Highway 49 and update my book chapter titled “Rambling California’s Historic Highway 49: Starting with Columbia, the Preserved Gold Rush Town.” This is a chapter in my book Northern California History Weekends, which will come out in a new edition in 2017.

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One Lucky Day at the Sawmill: How James Marshall Discovered Gold at Coloma

April 7, 2016 · Leave a Comment

One Lucky Day at the Sawmill: How James Marshall Discovered Gold at Coloma

I am rediscovering the California Gold Country as I ramble Highway 49 and update my book chapter titled “One Lucky Day at the Sawmill: How James Marshall Discovered Gold at Coloma.”

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Lee Foster’s 80 Travel Articles/Photos for Answers.com as their San Francisco Bay Area Expert

March 29, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Lee Foster’s 80 Travel Articles/Photos for Answers.com as their San Francisco Bay Area Expert

Answers.com recently contracted me to be their San Francisco/Northern California Travel Expert and develop 80 articles (with a photo) for their website on my territory. Here is the list of my articles on their site and the links

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Spring Wildflower Adventures in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area

March 21, 2016 · 8 Comments

Spring Wildflower Adventures in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area

The refreshing presence of spring wildflowers makes mid-March to mid-April a joyous annual travel time in the San Francisco Bay Area. Wildflowers please in many ways. Golden carpets of the small goldfields flowers or abundant clusters of poppies delight the eye. More delicate and less revealing flowers, especially the Douglas iris, reward a searcher in the shadier woodlands. Highly specialized dashes of color, such as red larkspur, add punch to the green tapestry of spring. The variety in wildflowers stuns the imagination.

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Spring Wildflowers in the San Francisco Bay Area

March 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

Spring Wildflowers in the San Francisco Bay Area

The refreshing presence of wildflowers makes spring a joyous annual travel time in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here are five places in the Bay Area that rank as the most pleasing wildflower outings of my experience.

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John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row Legacy in California

March 7, 2016 · 5 Comments

John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row Legacy in California

Author John Steinbeck, if he were alive today and thinking back on his novel Cannery Row, would appreciate the irony that the sardines have had quixotic ups and downs in their population levels off his beloved Monterey Bay in California.

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John Steinbeck’s Salinas: The Okies of the The Grapes of Wrath

March 3, 2016 · Leave a Comment

John Steinbeck’s Salinas: The Okies of the The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck’s house in Salinas and the National Steinbeck Center two blocks away acquaint a traveler with the life and novels of this literary icon, who wrote the classics, The Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row.

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Book Celebrating California National Parks is Free To The Public

February 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Book Celebrating California National Parks is Free To The Public

A lavish new full-color 128-page book celebrating California’s National Parks is now available free to the public as a downloadable PDF

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