The Norcal Nomad

Traveling in Northern California

“Welcome to Pixieland where little kids have big fun!”

Pixieland Amusement Park in Concord is Now OPEN Imagine an amusement park just for the little ones. This wonderful place exists for the kindergarten crowd and perhaps a bit younger. They feature rides that will excite a little one without all the tears of fear from a larger ride. It’s a wonderful introduction to amusement […]

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Time to Visit to the Martinez Regional Shoreline

The Martinez Regional Shoreline, located at the north end of Martinez gives residents and visitors a chance to play and relax in a variety of ways. I have always found it relaxing to walk the trails of the western end of the park where the marsh is interlaced with easy walking trails that have benches […]

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Fresh Air, Fresh Produce and Fresh Flowers

The Concord Farmers Market was a beautiful experience today. There were crowds of shoppers meandering along the sidewalks surrounding Todos Santos Park; people scattered across the lawns enjoying picnics and the sunshine that has returned again this week. The sweet scent of strawberries drifted through the air mingling with the aroma of fresh caramel corn […]

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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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Discovering Nepenthe at Last

Dust off your sunglasses and drop that convertible top! It’s time to take the first road trip of spring. Highway 1 beckons natives and tourists alike on warm days. Its twists and turns winding through mountains and hinting at secluded sunbathing spots at the water’s edge. On this road it truly isn’t just the destination; […]

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