Happy Wanderer: East Bay’s Muir, O’Neill homes are gems


HILLS NEWSPAPERS: February 26, 2015

Two famous men are the subject of this travel feature. And if that doesn’t intrigue you, the word “free” just might.

The East Bay homes of John Muir and Eugene O’Neill are off-radar gems that make great day trip destinations. Both were big thinkers, if not geniuses in their day, and their homes give us insight into their lives. Continue reading

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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