The Pumpkin Patch at Perry Farms in Ardenwood Park springs to life for each October before Halloween. Perry Farms is in Fremont, CA, San Francisco Bay Area.
Small railroads played an important role in the historic development of Northern California. Today one of those railroads, the Skunk Train, continues to flourish as an excursion train between Fort Bragg and Willits on the Mendocino Coast.
I explored a new water-side attraction in Washington, D.C., known as National Harbor
The tourism scene in California’s third largest city, San Jose, continues to evolve, and new people with positive energy now define the destination for journalists and the public in fresh and exciting ways
What are the Super 50 Travel Experiences in San Francisco and the Bay Area for the occasional visitor or the lifetime bucketlister?
My Chinese publisher has just come out with the ebook translation of my travel/literary book Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time. This is my second book in Chinese.
For 2011, Lee Foster won two awards. Lee’s “Balloon Man San Francisco Gay Parade” won the Silver Award in the People-General Category. His “California Poppies Wildflowers” won the Bronze Award in the Natural Scenic Category.
I am posting some excerpts from my memoir about growing up in Minnesota, titled Minnesota Boy: Growing Up in Mid-America, Mid-20th Century. This post is about the toughness of my ancestors, who settled Minnesota.
I am releasing here the content in my new travel app titled “SF Travel and Photo Guide” in ten alphabetical “clusters.” Each cluster will have 12 sections of the total 120 in the app. This is cluster 2 of 10.
If you want to experience the best-of-the-best fine art culture available during a San Francisco visit, put the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park at the top of your must-do list.
Each of us is bound to feel like an outsider, a minority, a loner at some time. I felt that way on my first trip to Beijing China around 1990. Listen as William Dougan narrates Chapter 9 “Beijing: The Experience of Being a Minority” from the audiobook release of my travel literary book Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time.
I am out exploring California as I update my book Northern California History Weekends for a new edition. This chapter is about the enduring mystery of where Sir Francis Drake landed in Point Reyes and how an impressive redwood grove was saved north of San Francisco and named to honor John Muir.
The annual BAIPA (Bay Area Independent Publishers Association) event called the Get Published! Institute occurs each March. Positive visions of entrepreneurial publishing, including my talk on apps, were the basis of the 2009 program.
A Brazil ecotour can include a visit to the Atlantic rain forest near Rio, the bird-rich Pantanal wetlands to the west, and the Amazon River around Manaus in the north. A traveler will also become acquainted with the ocean-side pleaures of Rio de Janeiro.
I am releasing here the content in my new travel app titled “SF Travel and Photo Guide” in ten alphabetical “clusters.” Each cluster will have 12 sections of the total 120 in the app.
Nestled in the Coachella Valley between the San Jacinto Mountains to the west and the Santa Rosa Mountains to the south, the Palm Springs region has a reputation as the perfect desert oasis. Snow-capped peaks, including 10,831-foot San Jacinto, rise abruptly above a desert plain that is bathed in sunshine 354 days a year.
Many in the writer community now ponder strategies for improving our blogs and websites as writers, authors, and publishers. Several of us present on these subjects at publishing events.
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.
This note concludes my wanderings in Mendocino, covering succulents, lodging, dining, birdwatching, and the trip itinerary.
Easter Island, off the coast of Chile, presents haunting sculptures, called moai, that celebrated ancestors and became a symbol of local pride. The island, called Rapa Nui, saw a collapse of its human culture because the building of these sculptures eventually degraded the environment.
Minnesota Boy by Lee Foster

What Might Have Been

Every four years it hits me, right around election time. Maybe it hits you too.
The sun often sets with stunning beauty over San Francisco Bay, raising a question: where should you go to enjoy and celebrate it?
The record snowfall in January 2010 made a winter sports trip to Tahoe an irresistible opportunity. Here are some details on what is new and interesting now, and looking into future years. I started at North Tahoe.
The San Mateo County Coast is a special getaway for a San Francisco Bay Area traveler looking for a bucolic, cool, green, seaside encounter. The attractions lie north and south of Half Moon Bay.
California Gold Rush's richest mine was the Empire Mine. The nearby Malakoff Diggins shows the environmental damage of hydraulic mining.