Happy Wanderer: Lake Shasta houseboating is fall fun aplenty


Ginny Prior/for Bay Area News Group A houseboat, seen from the upscale Tsasdi Resort, glides through the placid waters of Lake Shasta in late summer 2016.

EASTBAYTIMES.COM: October 6, 2016

If you like sleeping under the stars but aren’t keen on camping — think about giving the H-word a try. Houseboating is the perfect fall activity, when summer lake traffic has slowed to a trickle and offseason prices kick in. Continue reading

Happy Wanderer: Tybee Island oozes with Southern charm, food

FILE -- This is the Tybee Island, Ga., Lighthouse, shown in this Feb. 2, 1996 file photo. The Interior Dept. is trying to figure out what to do with 301
Tybee Island, Ga., Lighthouse, shown in this Feb. 2, 1996 file photo. (AP Photo/Paula Williamson, Savannah News-Press) ( PAULA WILLIAMSON )



The freckle-faced boy had an ear-to-ear grin as he posed with an 8-inch long shrimp. He’d caught the crustacean with a shrimp net off Tybee Island, one of 15 barrier islands off the Georgia coast. Continue reading

HomeBay Area NewsStory Happy Wanderer: S.F. Fisherman’s Wharf is the perfect staycation



It’s been 46 years since the sea lions stormed Pier 39’s West Marina. Drawn by the herring and protected docks, the pinniped population grew to hundreds in just a few months. But these “Sea Lebrities,” as they’re now known, are not the real stars of this famed tourist area. It’s the crustaceans — the crabs. Continue reading

Happy Wanderer: New magazine spotlights best of state’s national parks

tumblr_mk898cc0Ui1qjlza3o1_r2_1280INSIDEBAYAREA.COM: January 14, 2016

It’s not easy being 100. The sheer number of well wishers can be — well — overwhelming. That’s undoubtedly what we’ll see with our national parks as they turn 100 in 2016. Luckily, a slick new publication can help you navigate the best of California’s national parks, trails, monuments, seashores and historic sites. It’s the full-color, 128-page magazine put out by San Francisco’s Bay Area Travel Writers (batw.org). Continue reading