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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California's Lake Tahoe is a high-altitude gem in the Sierra, good for a visit any time of the year. Highlights include Emerald Bay on the southeast edge, the Tallac Historic site of early tourism, lovely Sand Harbor on the Nevada side, and excursion boat trips on the MS Dixie.
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We had a lively discussion in Portland, Oregon recently at a meeting of the Society of American Travel Writers on travel journalist survivability and profitability.
It is always exciting for me to approach a city I know well, such as Portland, with a new concept. Portland fancies itself as "The City of Makers." What does this claim mean?
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I am out shooting for the moon, chasing the joy and beauty to be found in modern life in Oakland CA, as I watch from a public sidewalk on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay the Supermoon (11-14-16) make its occasional close appearance (back again 2034), passing over the lovely new east tower of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
The Trump victory reminds me of the theme of one of my literary books--that we live in both the most wondrous and also the most horrific time ever to be alive. The book is Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time.
Senator Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane, created Leland Stanford Junior University to honor the tragic death of their only child, a boy. As they said, "The children of California will be our children." Today, anyone can visit Stanford University, one of the lovelier campuses in the West, adjacent to Palo Alto.
The story of the computer and technology revolution affecting all of America comes alive in three great museums located, appropriately, in California’s Silicon Valley.
Sarah Winchester, the heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune, built a 160-room mansion in San Jose, partly because she was obsessed with the process of building and partly because she had a disposable income of $1,000 a day.
The historic origin of modern San Jose, CA, can be seen in the Santa Clara Mission and in the downtown preservation of the Peralta Adobe and Fallon House.