The Natural Splendor of Cape Bretton Island


As mentioned in our previous post, Cape Breton is the island at the northern tip of Nova Scotia. The island, and especially the portion of the Cabot Trail that encircles the highlands near the northern tip of the island (primarily the section of the trail that is in Cape Breton National Park) was our primary [Read more …]

Making the Best of a Week in Carson Pass, CA

It was as trip we didn’t really want. A use it or lose it timeshare situation that resulted in a week in a very basic ski resort in a very remote location in the Sierras. How remote is it? It is an hour drive for anything other than skiing, hiking or fishing. Heck, [Read more …]

Catching Up with San Francisco Museums – Summer 2014

One of the few downsides of regular travel is that it often forces you to miss or at least postpone taking advantage of things in your home city. And since so much is always happening in San Francisco, there is a lot to miss. Fortunately, our summer trips were outside of theater season, which meant [Read more …]

Kayaking the Sausalito Waterfront

kayak-boats-SF skyline

Thursday, we joined San Francisco Kayak and Adventures for a lovely paddle along the Sausalito waterfront’s Richardson Bay. After a half-hour refresher class and the ritual fitting of kayaks, we left for a 1.5-hour cruise. It was a fun and interesting tour. Given the stiff winds, we stayed relatively near the shore, past [Read more …]

Monterey Peninsula Activities: Circa 2013

Pt Lobos cove

The Monterey Peninsula, and south through Big Sur, is one of our favorite three/four-day trips. It has some of everything: incredible scenery, hiking, wineries, beautiful homes, the iconic 17 Mile Drive, very good restaurants, luxurious accommodations, kayaking, horseback riding, and as much world-class golf as anyone could wish. And don’t forget what may well be [Read more …]

Healdsburg Mushroom Weekend


The Sonoma town of Healdsburg held its second annual Mushroom Weekend The weekend of February 23. Having partaken of a previous year’s mushroom weekend at Sea Ranch, we were up for another effort. Mushroom Foraging and Feed The Healdsburg event included a range of activities, from multi-course mush dinners, [Read more …]

A Three-Day Pilgrimage to the Mendocino Coast

Healdsburg Sq-g

Okay, “pilgrimage” may be an overstatement. But we do love the tiny, lovely town (all of which has been designated a National Historic Area). We also love the awesome coastline (although it is quite a challenging drive) and even the inland drive to Mendocino, through the lovely Anderson Valley wine region (although you do have [Read more …]

An All-Natural Goodbye to September in Marin and Sonoma

The last weekend in September is always a busy time in the Bay Area. Among the recurring highlights are: Mill Valley Art Festival in Old Mill Park; Weekend Farm Trails, for hands-on tours to many of Sonoma’s unique farms; Eat Real Festival for exploring the newest in sustainable street food at Jack London Square; Polk [Read more …]

The Sounds of San Francisco

Wild Parrots outside my window

We often don’t pay a lot of attention to the sounds around us—especially if a spouse is talking. Partners aside, I love many of the sounds of our home town, San Francisco. Some of these are: Fog horns. Some people find them annoying and claim that the fog horns blowing across the Bay area keeps [Read more …]

A Passion for the San Francisco Bay Area

Tom and Joyce love exploring, finding interesting restaurants, touring wine regions, hiking, and going to theater, museums, and lectures wherever we travel. The San Francisco (SF) Bay Area is particularly blessed with opportunities in each of these—and many other—ways. SF has fascinating neighborhoods, some of the best and most interesting restaurants in the country, [Read more …]