Mark Twain, Yosemite and the Chinese Camp

Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Writing

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National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst. — Wallace Stegner   The problem with keeping an appointment at Yosemite National Park is that there are too many outrageous things to see on the way up to it. Neat small […]

California: Golden Gateway to Great Cuisine

Posted: Monday, September 3, 2012 | Category: Travel Tips, Travel Writing

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 The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found. — Calvin Trillin   I haven’t been to a lot of California, but where I’ve gone, I’ve eaten well. Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Francisco, Corte Madera, Sausalito and Tiburon […]