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  • Vistas from California’s ‘Devil Mountain’

    Several Springs ago, we had driven to the top of Mt. Hamilton and seen Santa Clara Valley from a height of 4,200 odd feet. Then last Fall, in what was like a follow-up trip, we drove up the same range, this time to the top of Hamilton’s little brother...
  • A brush with California’s volcanic and glacial past

    There’s a state on the west coast of the United States that’s known for its beaches, its wine country, it’s Pacific Coast drives, it’s entertainment capital, even its history of earthquakes. What a lot of people don’t talk about is that California has had many a brush with volcanic...
  • OurWorld: Greek and Roman touch to San Francisco

      Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. That is what this exquisite piece of art is called. This structure, which takes inspiration from Greek and Roman architecture was originally built for the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915. It continues to give San Francisco a Greek and Roman touch.  Today,...
  • A hike into Elephant Seal territory

    If Winter has passed it means breeding season is done and it is time for molting. Spring and Summer months mean a good time to visit Elephant Seal habitat because this is when the Northern Elephant seals settle down on shore, bask in the warm sun and let go...
  • Where Pacifica meets the Pacific

    Just south of San Francisco is a beach town that is quieter and calmer in comparison. I hear it is a playground for surfers and hikers. We found ourselves visiting Pacifica, CA on a cloudy day so there weren’t a whole lot of surfers out at sea that day....
  • Now that the spring is in the air…

    Now that the spring is in the air, Vasona Park in Los Gatos – California is a place to visit if you love wild flowers and if you live in or are visiting the San Francisco Bay Area. We picnicked there last spring and had a delightful day. How...
  • The Lone Cypress

    Called the Lone Cypress, this tree is believed to have survived in its rocky environs for over 250 years. This tree can be seen when you go on the 17 Mile Drive in Monterey, California. Linked to OurWorldTuesday Places near The Lone Cypress/ 17 Mile Drive You might also...
  • A redwood route for a hike with a tyke

    When you’re a parent, especially of children five and under, hiking is an activity you push aside thinking of the  hassles and the dangers that may come your way. Add to that the burden of those mom bags (crammed with snacks, diapers and extra set of clothes among other...
  • Earth Quake at San Francisco’s Academy of Sciences

    Earthquakes and California have a long and remarkable history together. California is North America’s Earthquake capital and San Francisco, California’s. Here in the San Francisco Bay area, we have more reasons to worry if we don’t get our regular doses of tremors for the year. The Bay Area is...
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