INSIDEBAYAREA.COM: October 31, 2015
The elevator doors were closing. With my usual frenetic pace, I sprinted across the foyer and wedged my body into the gap between the gray metal doors. Serendipity happens. There I was, face to face with Snoop Dogg and his entourage. Playing a gig at the Shoreline that night, they were staying at my hotel — the San Jose Fairmont.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: September 15, 2015
We make nine million bike trips a day in the United States, according to the National Household Travel Survey and a lot of those rides are enjoyed on vacations. Continue reading
Mercurynews.com: August 28, 2015
The daffodil-colored cottage sat just beyond the road, perched on a knoll and surrounded by grazing sheep.”Bonjour,” said the woman with the brightly colored apron as if welcoming dear friends. Her kind words entwined with the heady aroma of fresh bread as she showed us to a checker-cloth table near the window. Monet may have painted this scene, were he alive today.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: July 9, 2016
From my lookout over the San Simeon coast, the elephant seals looked like cigars — their long, brown bodies splayed side-by-side on the beach below. I strained to see past the blubber and protruding proboscises for a green scar on the neck of one male — a mammal called “Green Tie” because of the mark left from a deeply embedded packing strap. Continue reading
CONTRACOSTATIMES.COM: July 3, 2015
To quote a lyric from Johnny Cash, Cuba is suddenly “hotter than a pepper sprout” on the world travel stage with U.S. travel to Cuba jumping 39 percent this year. But is this island — frozen in time for more than five decades — a must-see destination? Christopher P. Baker, who helped found the Bay Area Travel Writers (www.batw.org) in the mid-1980s, is the premier authority on tourism to Cuba. “Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba,” is one of six books and dozens of articles Baker has penned on the island nation. Continue reading
Contracostatimes.com: May 21, 2015:
Just listen to the rhythm of a gentle bossa nova; You’ll be dancing with ’em, too, before the night is over — “Downtown” by Petula Clark
Memorial Day Weekend marks what I like to call the fifth season — the season of downtown music festivals. The festival grande dame kicks off Friday in California’s capital city. Continue reading
HILLS NEWSPAPERS: March 18, 2015
Spring training is to Phoenix what Mardi Gras is to New Orleans — it’s crazy gear and ice cold beer and wacky hats. And baseball. Continue reading