Happy Wanderer: Nob Hill still one of San Francisco’s treats

California Daily LifeEASTBAYTIMES.COM: November 25, 2016

Our Bay Area fog is intoxicating, especially with a splash of rum. In fact, celebrated San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen would have loved the free “Fog Lifter” cocktail they serve at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. Continue reading


Happy Wanderer: Stoked by surfing in Carlsbad


EASTBAYTIMES.COM: October 27, 2016

Carlsbad, California, is known for its warm, sandy beaches, colorful flower fields and Legoland. But something else is driving good health and happiness. The Greeks call it “thalassotherapy” — the therapeutic value of sea water. Continue reading

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