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Marin Headlands’ Conzelman Road North of San Francisco

July 24, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Marin Headlands’ Conzelman Road North of San Francisco

The Marin Healdlands and Conzelman Road offer the best opportunity to view both San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge from an elevated perspective.

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Exploratorium Science Museum in San Francisco

July 14, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Exploratorium Science Museum in San Francisco

San Francisco’s renowned science museum, the Exploratorium, is a curiosity-inspiring facility, whose exhibits will appeal to all ages. Science education and enlightenment is the goal, but through interactive and imaginative experiences.

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Eastern Sierra Vignettes along California Highway 395

July 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

Eastern Sierra Vignettes along California Highway 395

The Eastern Sierra of California along Highway 395 beckons with its Fall Color, Bristlecone Pines, Rowell Mountain Light Photo Gallery, Erik Schat’s Bakery, Eastern California Museum with Paiute Indian baskets, Manzanar Japanese internment site, Lone Pine Film History Museum, Alabama Hills movie site, and Whitney Portal views of Mt. Whitney.

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Lee Foster Article Wins SATW Award

June 26, 2014 · 3 Comments

Lee Foster Article Wins SATW Award

Lee Foster’s travel article on Palm Springs won a prize in the 2014 Western Chapter Writing Awards sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers.

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Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierra of California

June 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierra of California

Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierra of California is noted for its tufa spires, which are otherworldly limestone deposits. Mono Lake’s ecosystem has been an environmental regulation case because the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power earlier tried to drain water from much of the lake, causing coyotes to eat the migrating birds resting and nesting on the tufa. Draining the lake also endangered the brine shrimp and brine fly populations due to excessive salinity.

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California’s Bristlecone Pines, The Oldest Living Things

June 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

California’s Bristlecone Pines, The Oldest Living Things

What are the oldest living things on Earth? The current consensus is that they are trees, the bristlecone pines, in the White Mountains of California, east from Bishop. Stop at the Schulman Grove Visitor Center.

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Best Beaches San Francisco North, South, and in the City

May 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Best Beaches San Francisco North, South, and in the City

What are the best beaches both north and south of San Francisco, as well as in San Francisco? My recommendations: Baker Beach in San Francisco, followed by Ocean Beach and Fort Funston. North, consider Limantour, then Heart’s Desire, Bodega Dunes, Goat Rock, and Manchester. South, try Montara and then Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and Ano Nuevo.

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Celebration of Karin Foster’s Life

May 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Celebration of Karin Foster’s Life

Today would have been Karin’s 37th birthday.

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Yosemite Valley in Late Spring

May 15, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Yosemite Valley in Late Spring

Yosemite Valley is a joy to visit any time of the year. Each season has its special pleasures. You could return to Yosemite Valley time and again over a lifetime and never exhaust its beauty. Late spring, around mid-May, is an especially auspicious time for a visit.

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Spring Wildflowers in the San Francisco Bay Area

May 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

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 among the most pleasing wildflower outings of my experience.

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