The Norcal Nomad

Traveling in Northern California

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Memorial Day 2014

Today it seemed appropriate to visit a memorial site somewhere near my home. While my neighbors are barbequing and attending the “Kid Fest’ downtown, I’m going to quietly go visit some of the monuments that we’ve left for the next generation tp express my gratitude to the fallen heroes that ensure my freedom.   First […]

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A Suburban Retreat: The Ruth Bancroft Garden

One of the places that I never visited, but had heard a lot about is the Ruth Bancroft Gardens in Walnut Creek. The garden is known for its succulents but also has many varieties of drought tolerant plants that are perfect for the arid California climate and of special interest this year as we face […]

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The Old Borges Ranch and Visitor Center in Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek is a bustling suburb with shops and restaurants that rival the best in the surrounding area. If you drive past the town on Ygnacio Valley Road the scenery starts to look almost rural before entering the municipality of Concord. Just before you ascend the hills a turn on Castle Rock Road, toward Mt. […]

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Destination: Port Costa

  Traveling away from home everything takes on a new shiny façade that intrigues and invites a second look. However, times being what they are many of us are not going far from home as frequently. It’s time to take a fresh look around. What treasures are hidden in this county that makes it so […]

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Lazy Dog Comes to Concord

Last year El Torito vanished from the Willows Shopping Center in Concord. As the demolition dirt settled and the local goats made quick work of the vegetation by the creek nearby, Lazy Dog restaurant raised its roof and piqued our curiosity. After all, what would a restaurant named “Lazy Dog” serve? Hot dogs, perhaps? That […]

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