While many adventurers were drawn to California in search of gold nuggets, some discovered that the true gold was to be found in agriculture. No agricultural product was pursued with more passion than the growing of grapes and the making of wine, especially Cabernet wine in the Napa Valley.
Tiburon is an engaging place to consider visiting when you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area. This small town lies on the north side of the Bay.
I went alone into a nine-day Mammoth Lakes/Eastern Sierra of California trip in June 2018 with some fears in mind. I was then nearly 75 years old, officially so on July 23.
A California back roads trip from the Bay Area across Tioga Pass in Yosemite’s High Country along Highway 120 offers an exciting adventure.
The oldest living things of Earth are the Bristlecone pine trees in the White Mountains of California, east from Bishop.
The east side of California’s Sierra mountain range, with treasures like Mono Lake, Devils Postpile, and the Bristlecone pines, is a delight to explore. Underlying the beauty, however, is the unending struggle over California water.
In California you can meet the tallest, the most massive, and the oldest living things on earth. All these living things happen to be trees.
The Eastern Sierra of California along Highway 395 beckons with its Fall Color, Bristlecone Pines, 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.
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.
I was asked recently to talk about the revolution in modern publishing at the California Writers Club in Sacramento. As I looked out at the 40 writers/authors in the audience, I realized with new clarity that the main reality in our rapidly changing publishing world is “the gradual empowerment of writers/authors/photographers,” especially from about 2005 to the present.
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.
California's Mammoth Lakes offers many outdoor adventure possibilities in summer, from hiking in the back country to fishing for rainbow trout. Mono Lake's scenery, Devil's Postpile's striking rock forms, mountain biking down Mammoth Mountain, horse-packing day trips into Pika Lake, and trophy trout fishing in Hot Creek are some of the diverse pleasures.
By Lee Foster I am happy to report that my Column/Blog on www.fostertravel.com won the Gold Award in the annual writing award competition of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Western Chapter. The awards were announced at the annual meeting...
Thailand is a country that can enhance a traveler's worldview in major ways. At Bangkok and the earlier capitals, Ayuthaya and Sukhothai, the Thais contributed enormously to architecture, art, Buddhistic religious thought, and the political development of Southeast Asia.
Lee Foster is one of 2,494 writers who received checks for a total of $9,456,000 this week to resolve the Copyright Class Action case.
The story of the computer and technology revolution affecting the world comes alive at the Apple Park Visitor Center and at three great museums in California’s Silicon Valley.
Fisherman’s Wharf, along San Francisco’s northern waterfront, ranks as one of the most popular aspects of the city for visitors.
The town of Sonoma and the Sonoma State Historic Park reflect the genial presence of Mariano Vallejo. In the transition from Mexican to American rule in California, he was skillful enough to flourish under both regimes. You can visit his house today.
Via AAA has just published my 7 Best Photo Ops in the West. Via presents travel content to the 5.7 million members in its NorCal club.
Does Your Travel Journalism WordPress Website Need a Refresh in 2018? The issue is relevant for all Writers Journalists Authors. About 40 journalists gathered in Berkeley to discuss the matter.
In the middle of San Francisco Bay, occupying some of the choicest real estate on the planet, with stunning views, are two islands that are symbols of opposite tendencies--Alcatraz Island (for secure incarceration) and Angel Island State Park (for immigrant hope).
Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen, CA celebrates the great adventure writer and his visionary chosen home/farm. His house burned, tragically, shortly after its construction. Hike there now to view the ruins and celebrate the beauty of nature.
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.
On Hawaii's Big Island a traveler can see ongoing volcanic eruption of the Kilauea Volcano. The sight occurs from a ledge adjacent to the Jaggar Museum. Few places on earth offer the traveler such a presentation of this major geological phenomenon.
My long love affair with Califia is well known to many of you. This is my Valentine's Day love letter to Califia.