The Norcal Nomad

Traveling in Northern California

San Francisco: Traveling 2nd Street from Montgomery Station

Downtown San Francisco is the heart of California; at least it sometimes seems to be. The traffic beats like the heart of any big city and people swiftly cover ground going to and from work, exercise and play. They eat out and they bring food in. There are taxis with motors and taxis with pedals […]

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Books, Books and more Books

Bibliophiles gathered at the Clayton Library this weekend for a little fundraising and a lot of heavy lifting. The volunteers that set up the book sale are amazing people; thank you for all your work! There were so many books it was a time consuming process to wade through the tidy, organized shelves and find […]

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Stopping For Lunch in Lafayette, CA

Some days are meant to be spent leisurely, strolling about in a town you would like to experience for the first time, or re-experience to savor nostalgia or notice the changes. Monday  I revisited a town where I lived when my first daughter was born: Lafayette, CA. It was a beautiful walk around a lovely […]

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Changing Times in a Small Town

It was a day when I felt nostalgic, so I returned to a town I have visited before. I lived there 30 years ago and the streets are still familiar, although the buildings have changed and the businesses have updated to modern versions of their old selves or moved on to be replaced by something […]

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“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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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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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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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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