Five good day trips from San Francisco could take you to Muir Woods, Oakland-Berkeley, Stanford University, the San Mateo Coast, and Big Basin-Memorial State Parks.
As I update this chapter on Oakland in my book Northern California History Weekends, I see how this great city preserves the legacy of its favorite literary native son and enlivens the downtown with new energy, such as a new Cuban restaurant.
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.
The Golden Gate Bridge symbolizes the joy and beauty that so many San Francisco visitors and locals experience when they encounter The City.
My new book on self-publishing is now out. Here is Chapter 3 (of 10), titled “Why Independent Publishing Today and Tomorrow May Be Your Most Viable Option.”
In spite of the Great Quake and Fire of 1906, which destroyed 28,000 buildings, impressive pockets of San Francisco's Victorian architecture survived. They can be enjoyed today, if you know where to find them. The 14,000 structures that remained were mainly west of Van Ness Avenue.
My annual revision of my book on self-publishing highlights major developments in this past year. Immerse yourself in my report on these observations to catch up on the publishing scene.
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.
Here is Chapter 4 (of 10) of my new book on self-publishing. This chapter is titled “Your Print-on-Demand Book.” The most important concept is that, to survive and flourish, you will need to print your book simultaneously with two entities, Amazon CreateSpace and Ingram Spark.
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.
The free audiobook website presentation is now complete for my book Travels in An American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time. You can now listen for free to each of the 25 chapters of the book, narrated by the talented audio professional William Dougan,
My new book on self-publishing is now out as a printed book and an ebook. I am also releasing here its first five chapters, one per week, as a partial website book.
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.
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 love of the outdoors.
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.
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.
The universal desire of human beings to be part of a cohesive community struck me in Bali. Possibly the villager dancers I met achieved this community feeling in some meaningful way.
The “forms” in which we publish our big projects, our “books,” continue to evolve. Could a “website book” be considered a new form? What is the rationale for publishing a book as a “website book”?
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.
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.
Meander the California Delta and discover the town of Locke, founded by Chinese.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, wealthy residents set up the 17-Mile Drive and Pebble Beach Lodge as a mecca for the established.
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.
California's Napa Valley Wine Country attracts visitors because of its wine tasting at over 100 major wineries, the beauty of its small and well-proportioned valley, the fascinating history of visitors such as Robert Louis Stevenson, and its adventurous possibilities from ballooning to mud spas, a faithful geyser to a petrified forest.
Lee Foster’s travel literary book, Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time, has been released as an audiobook.