Showing posts from July, 2013

California Dreamin' Series 3: Carmel-by-the-Sea and Pebble Beach


California Dreamin' Series 2: Stinson Beach

Ah, summer! The flowers are in bloom. The California hills are brown. That magazine spread of Grande Anse Beach in La Digue Island, Seychellesmay look so alluring, but it would take some effort and a whole lot of money to get there. 

You don't have to travel 3000 miles to enjoy the beach this summer.  Maybe a weekend drive or a family outing to a beach near you is all you need to enjoy summer.  For example, beaches are plentiful along the Northern California coastline: the Ocean Beach in San Francisco, Half Moon Bay State Beaches, Santa-Cruz Twin Bridges, Lovers Beach in Monterey, and Stinson Beach.

Situated 20 miles north of San Francisco, Stinson Beach is the quintessential California beach town. Stinson Beach is crescent shape, surrounded by parklands of the GGNRA (Golden Gate National Recreation Area). It is usually the final stop for Dipsea hikers to soak their sore and tired feet. But you don’t have to do a strenuous twelve-mile hike to enjoy Stinson Beach.

The …

California Dreamin’ Series 1: Back in Silicon Valley

You are going to ask: and where are the lilacs?
and the poppy-petalled metaphysics?
and the rain repeatedly spattering
its words and drilling them full
of apertures and birds?
I’ll tell you all the news.
--Pablo Neruda -- from "I'm Explaining A Few Things"
My mother failing health deterred me from making any travel plans to far-flung and exotic destinations this summer. So I decided on taking a continuing education class at a local university to be near her. That’s when I found myself driving and crossing Dumbarton Bridge from my temporary residence, heading west to go to the university campus, passing the Facebook headquarters. Continuing onto University Avenue, I noticed for the first time, the charm of the place. I drove through University Avenue many times, to go to Stanford Shopping Center or eat at one of many restaurants along the avenue or attend a concert at the University Memorial Church, but took this charming place for granted. As I drew closer to th…

National Park Series 6: Denali National Park