Happy Wanderer: Tour Wine Country with trip to downtown Napa


Contracostatimes.com: April 15, 2016

Car. Carriage. Bike. Balloon. There are lots of ways to tour the Napa Wine region. I prefer to kayak, dock my boat in downtown Napa and walk to the tasting rooms. It’s easy with a tidal river that actually pushes you forward if you time the tides right. Continue reading


Happy Wanderer: Mammoth lives up to name for huge snow fun

Mammoth Mountain get a mammoth of snow, about 9 feet since Friday ...


March has come in like a lion. That’s welcome news in the Sierra, where at this rate, ski season could last through July. We’re talking Tahoe, but also Mammoth — the monster mountain that ranks in the top 10 of most skiable acres in North America. 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

Happy Wanderer: Early fall is perfect time to visit Quebec

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.
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