Monday, March 18, 2013
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Wild turkeys have taken over my home town in California. Seriously. They’re everywhere. The locals don’t know what to do with them, and the animals don’t know what to make of them. But they’re not the only thing that has changed about Portola Valley over the years, and being home this week made that clear.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Not many people visit California’s Napa Valley in the winter. The grape harvest has long since taken place, the vines are brown and bare, and the famous Chardonnays and Cabernets are growing old in their barrels. But for those that make the effort, traveling to Napa in the off-season can bring some unexpected rewards.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
When I was in college, I spent six months living and studying in San Diego. Actually, I lived in a beachside town called Del Mar and studied in a clifftop town called La Jolla. But that’s the way California works. We have one big city surrounded by lots of little ones, and we call the whole place by a single name. But we shouldn’t.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Last weekend I traveled to California. Yes, you read that right. I spent over 17 hours flying 6,000 miles just to spend 1.5 days in my home state.
Friday, November 25, 2011
I didn’t want to come home for Thanksgiving. For the past five years I have gotten used to being away. From St. Petersburg to London, I have enjoyed carefree Thanksgiving dinners and have largely avoided cooking. But this year my mother’s attempts to guilt trip me into coming home to Silicon Valley finally worked. I packed my bags and got ready for a California Thanksgiving with the family.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
One of my favorite things about traveling home to California is the abundance of outdoor activities on offer. From hikes in the Santa Cruz Mountains to walks in Northern California’s coastal regions, from big wave surfing at Mavericks to kite surfing in San Francisco Bay, there is no shortage of things to do.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
California doesn’t have much history. It didn’t become a state until 1850, and not many people were around before the Gold Rush in 1849. Compared to London, where there are actual Roman ruins in the city center, my state looks pretty pathetic. But there are a few places that have more history than most, and one of them is the coastal town of Pescadero, California.
Thursday, April 14, 2011