Last year I stayed in a very nice hotel that was walking distance from Fisherman’s Wharf. This year I thought I would try something different, and a completely new experience. So I’m booked into a hostel a few blocks west of Union Square. I’m getting around on the Muni (bus) and on foot and taking loads of pictures. I can’t […]
I’d never seen this episode of California’s Gold before today — but since I’m leaving on a short trip to San Francisco in a couple of days, I thought I’d get myself into the right mood. I’ve walked up Lombard Street once, about 20 years ago, and it was quite an experience… but nothing like the experience Huell had. I […]
If you do much hiking in this area, as I do, you’re bound to see turkey vultures wheeling around in the sky, riding the air currents and keeping an eye out for a bite to eat. These homely birds are ubiquitous at Lake Natoma, unlike the more secretive family of bald eagles who recently moved into the area. It’s a […]
July 1, 1979 — Port Angeles, Washington State. On our road trip to British Columbia the previous year, I’d slept inside the VW camper along with my parents; but this year, because I’d wished for a bit more privacy, my dad was good enough to bring along a small orange tent for me. Every evening he set it up at […]
I see these little golden flowers, also called Madia elegans, nearly everywhere I hike around my area, but I never knew until now that rather than an invasive species they are native plants once used as a food source by the Pomo and Miwok tribes, among others.