The Ultimate Guide to Mount Diablo

Mount DiabloAs you drive along Route 680 in Contra Costa County, a solitary mountain dominates the horizon. It could almost be mistaken for a volcano. Sacred to the Miwok Indians who once lived here, this geologic show-stopper called Mount Diablo is many things to many people – a wilderness playground, a temple of solitude, a subject for artistic expression. For all who live within its shadow, it’s an everyday reminder of nature’s beauty and endurance. Continue reading


A Visit to Santa Cruz Island of the Channel Islands National Park

As the largest of the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California, Santa Cruz is the perfect destination for those who want to combine kayaking and hiking for a day (or two) of adventure surrounded by pristine, natural beauty. Continue reading

Yosemite Through a Foggy Lens

Yosemite is a favorite getaway for our family. We usually visit in the spring, when the temperature’s warming up nicely, and the waterfalls are still alive and well. The last couple of years we’ve gone over Memorial Day with family friends, which I’ll say up front is the absolute busiest time. If you’ve got some flexibility in your schedule, avoid this weekend, otherwise book way ahead of time (like a full year!) and use the shuttle buses, rent a bike, or walk to get around. If you’ve got a car, park it and leave it. If you move it anytime before your departure, your space will disappear faster than the park’s resident chipmunks can steal your trail mix. Continue reading

Bay Area Adventure: Exploring the Suisun Marsh by Train and Bicycle

The gateway to the Suisun Marsh along Grizzly Island Rd.

The gateway to the Suisun Marsh along Grizzly Island Rd.

The stretch of the Capitol Corridor Amtrak route between Martinez and Davis is one of the prettiest, and just looking out the window it’s easy to see that nature is alive and well here. Most passengers never experience this first-hand though as they zip past the Suisun/Fairfield station on their way to Davis and Sacramento to the east, or Bay Area destinations to the west. Continue reading