Archive | October, 2010

4 Star Rated bathroom in China's Forbidden City

San Francisco: The Ferry Building and Saturday Farmer’s Market

Saturday morning with mom and dad.  We headed out on the 9:40 Ferry from Larkspur Landing.  Plenty of free parking – my parents sprung for the round trip tickets and off we went.  On the way in, we sat on the top, facing the back of the boat.  It was cold and foggy on the […]

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Sonoma County Sunrise

Looking east, Monday morning, 7:18 am

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knitted skull

Navigating the River of Life on the Day of the Dead

Here in Petaluma, our strongest winds occur in the winter and spring.  It is uncharacteristic to have heavy winds in the fall, but it happens nonetheless.  On one bright Saturday in October 2000 wind unexpectedly shook the sky for most of the day – not that it stopped anyone from going about their weekend business. […]

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The Hot Dog Bar at the Pilot Travel Center

Truck Stops: Blessed Havens of Comfort and Relief or Shameless Dens of Iniquity?

Truck stops have always held a distinct, gritty fascination for me.  What goes on there, anyway?  Who goes there? What do they do when they are there? How do I find out? Where are all the truck stops, anyway? In pursuit of this story I came up with several strategies for solving these mysteries, one […]

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I became a member of recently because I thought it would give my travel writing some “street cred”. Stop laughing at me.  It’s not attractive. So with that in mind, I’ve added a new feature to my posts.  In addition to the link to a google map, I am now putting in links to […]

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Egyptian Containers

Belgian Waffles and Egyptian Mummies

Although our original plan after our day in Fresno was to barrel straight through to San Jose for the night, exhaustion and a finite amount of daylight hours made Los Banos a more logical stopping point. Sydnee and I had passed Los Banos on the way down and it had been clear that there would […]

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Bruce and Teresa at Founder's Grove

Effort launched to save Willits old-growth redwoods

This article just came out in the Sonoma County Press Democrat.  Since my trip up the 101 with Bruce and Teresa a few months ago, I have had a heightened sensitivity to the old growth redwood forest issue.  Our road trip took us through the redwoods and one of our stops was at Founders Grove […]

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Why is Bad Photography So Good?

Bad vacation shots are validated!  Great article from The North Bay Bohemian. The summer of 2006, my last in high school, my mom gave me the task of filing all of our family photos. I spent those hot days in a cloud of dust, sifting through weathered shoeboxes full of photos of seemingly ancient events: […]

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Iranian American Cultural Festival

Fresno: Japanese Gardens and Iranian Dancers

After the Forestiere Underground Gardens, Sydnee and I still had a few hours of afternoon time before we headed up to San Jose. With a population of over half a million, we figured there would surely be lots of things to do in Fresno.   We asked several people at the Forestiere Gardens what they would […]

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Fresno: Sicilian Catacombs

an·to·nym: [an-tuh-nim] –noun a word opposite in meaning to another. Fast  is an antonym of slow. Here’s another example: Fresno / Tourism. That said, one Saturday morning my friend Sydnee and I found ourselves hurtling south to spend the day touring Fresno.  The plan was to see the Forestiere Underground Gardens and then continue on […]

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Motel coffee maker

Sunrise in Los Banos

Days Inn Los Banos California This just in from the department of “miracles often happen while you are whining about irrelevancies”.  A friend of mine and I are in a motel in Los Banos, California as part of a short road trip that included several points of interest in Fresno yesterday and which will take us […]

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View above our tent

Covelo: Blackberries, Street Dancing, Camping and Grieving Spirits

During 2009, I spent a lot of time in Mendocino County, which gave me an opportunity to discover new places and unique events. One of those places was Covelo and the event in question was the Blackberry Festival.  The man I had been with at the time had promised to take me to the festival […]

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