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Seas Less Sailed Gilroy is and always was a farming town: cherries, berries, nuts and the crop for which it is universally known, garlic. In Gilroy you can shop at the Garlic Shoppe, visit Garlic World and plant your rig at the Garlic USA RV Park. There’s an annual Garlic Festival, a Garlic City Casino, […]

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When you visit Sequoia National Park, King’s Canyon National Park, and Yosemite National Park, you come away knowing you now know the definition of “giant.” Once you’ve seen the giant sequoias, giant redwoods, giant waterfalls, and the giant granite rock called Half Dome, their immensity is forever etched in your brain. In Sequoia National Park […]

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Wow! Sacramento’s Tower Bridge is impossible to miss. Like the Golden Gate, it’s all about the color—in this case, gold. It used to be silver, but everyone growled about the glare, so in 2001, citizens voted for a new color. The gold paint job should last about 30 years. Maybe after that there will be another vote. […]

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Stroll and whisper. That’s what you do when you enter the peace and quiet of Hakone Japanese Gardens. If you’re there when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, you’ll want to shout about their beauty. Shhhh. Keep it to yourself and continue quietly enjoying the rest of the gardens. Over eighteen acres, there’s much […]

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New Zealanders are mighty proud of Tiritiri. They should be. Through the dedication and toil of volunteers, the tiny island has become a thriving wildlife sanctuary for native and endangered birds. It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise for getting up close and personal with birds like the sweet little fantail and the cheeky, light-beaked takahe. Tiritiri Island sits in […]

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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 […]

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About 45,000 lucky people live in San Luis Obispo (SLO), the city that sits halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco in the middle of the wine-rich Central Coast. Why are they so lucky? Let me count the ways … no, actually there are more than I can list here, so I’ll restrict myself to […]

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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, […]

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Kia ora New Zealanders have a particularly irreverent sense of humor. When people take themselves too seriously, Kiwis love nothing more than “taking the Mickey”—making fun of someone, in a (usually) gentle way. Kiwis are also the first to make fun of themselves, and they love making up words to make the language just that […]

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