You'll enjoy California’s Gold Rush Country if you’re anything like the early gold miners. The gold miner was an explorer, willing to go off the beaten path, alert for information but also following a hunch, knowing that there are many treasures to be found.
This article is about California's John Sutter's Vision and his Sutter's Fort in Sacramento.
California's Old Sacramento Railroad Museum tells about the dream of an Iron Road across the Sierra.
Meander the California Delta and discover the town of Locke, founded by Chinese.
Though the great burst of the California Gold Rush occurred in the foothills east of Sacramento, one intriguing more northerly strike happened west of the present-day city of Redding at Shasta.
The unexpected and explosive eruption of volcanic Lassen Peak in far northern California, in the spring of 1914, caught the imagination of the entire U.S.
Creating Redwood National and State Parks, preserving the tallest of the tall trees, was a milestone in California's awakening environmental awareness.
Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto, a Berkeley landmark restaurant in the culinary history of the West, recently closed, after 128 years of serving seafood. California magazine used two of my photos to illustrate its retrospective article.
A relatively new art form now proliferates in San Francisco. It is called "light art," meaning the use of light to create art sculptures, at night, with the City as the dark canvas.
The December Holidays/Christmas in San Francisco presents a magical and festive time. Enjoy it with an abundance of no-cost or low-cost celebration at three main venues—Union Square, Embarcadero/Market Street, and Pier 39.
Travel to historic Eureka, California, takes you back to the boomtown era in redwood lumbering. See lumber baron William Carson's Victorian palace home.
Ferndale is a pleasant village with striking Victorian architecture along the northwest coast of California. Lumber and dairy industries created the original prosperity here. Tourism and art now augment as engines of the local economy.
The historic and ongoing struggle to save redwood trees is one of the major stories in Northern California. Immerse yourself in this saga of redwood grandeur with a journey north from San Francisco on Highway 101 to the Avenue of the Giants.
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.
Google asked me to participate with Local Tips on the San Francisco segment of its new product, called Touringbird, now covering 20 worldwide cities.
When it's autumn in America, during September and October, Pumpkin Patches are springing back to life, with many children dreaming of their pumpkin of this year. One example is Ardenwood Park, featuring the historic Perry Farms, in Fremont, California. The October Pumpkin Patch celebration leading up to Halloween is an ideal time for a visit.
California's Healdsburg is a quintessential small town in the Sonoma Wine Country north of San Francisco.
One of the most engaging early books about 19th-century California is Robert Louis Stevenson's account of his 1880 visit to the Napa Valley, titled The Silverado Squatters.
Mormon entrepreneur Sam Brannan was among the first to see the possibilities of the hot springs of Calistoga as a major travel attraction in Northern California's Napa Valley.
Summer entices the connoisseur of beaches on the coast north and south of San Francisco. Going North, consider Limantour, Heart's Desire, Bodega Dunes, Goat Rock, Fort Ross, and Manchester.
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.
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.
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.