When we told San Francisco friends we were heading to Benicia, they asked, “You’re going where? Why?” They said there was nothing to see or do in Benicia. They were wrong. Though rebuked and scorned and mainly unknown, Benicia is a delightful little waterside town in Solano County. For thirteen months (1853-54), it was California’s state… Continue reading Benicia

Pacifica California

Headline news, January 2016, Pacifica, California. Residents have enjoyed the cliffside ocean view from their decks and backdoors for decades. But that is about to end this hyperlink. As waves relentlessly eat away at the soil beneath their homes, their decks and backdoors are falling into the sea. Reluctantly, residents have to move before they,… Continue reading Pacifica California


Carmel-By-The-Sea This little beachside town on California’s Monterey Peninsula defines “charming and quaint.” With fewer than 4000 people who all want to keep the town as it is (thank you very much), it’s understandable how quaint city laws are kept on the books. These laws include not allowing high heels without a permit, not installing… Continue reading Carmel-By-The-Sea