Happy Wanderer: UC Botanical Garden offers worldly view of plants


As a seasoned traveler, I’ve ended up in some strange foreign lands. Iceland in June, Lapland in January … South Dakota in the dead of winter. But this happened in my own backyard, so to speak.

There I was, standing face to face with a cobra. Alert and extended, it seemed poised to strike.

“It’s a magnificent specimen,” said my guide as he beckoned me closer. “Just look at the hood.” Continue reading

Happy Wanderer: Park-sleep-fly package beats airport parking



Airport parking. It’s one of those things that sends blood pressure – and travel budgets – soaring. It’s also big business for airports like SFO, where parking brings in as much as $118 million in annual revenue. But unless you like donating to the cause (to the tune of $14-$45 a day) consider a Park, Sleep and Fly package.

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Happy Wanderer: Maui perfect paradise for film fest, resort

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MERCURYNEWS.COM: June 27, 2014

Sundance, Cannes, Toronto. There are more than 3,000 film festivals in the world, but only one has a backdrop like this. The Maui Film Festival must be what heaven is like for cinema buffs. Continue reading