GRAND

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At dawn I walked to the rim and sat for a long time — thinking about water and the passing of years…

MARIN HEADLANDS ESCAPE

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There’s something so soothing to the soul about the white clapboard sided homes; their red roofs and wide windows in the foggy hillsides of Marin…

SUMMER ISNT OVER

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The days may be winding down but if you’re willing to chase after summer she’s still holding court here and there. Here is a rocky inlet off the California coast. On the south side of Tomales Bay the little peninsula of Point Reyes has slowly but steadily inched 350 miles north since sometime around the…

BALLARD FARMERS MARKET

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When I was last in Seattle I fell in love with the Ballard Farmer’s Market — and that was in the spring, when most of the venders focused on preserved items like chocolates, breads, jams, foraged mushrooms, wine and fish (and prepared food of course, like the amazing salmon slider seen above). Imagine my excitement…

OLD CALIFORNIA

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Once I spotted this crumbling house on the hills above Scribe Winery I couldn’t resist exploring. As you can tell I had a hard time narrowing down these amazing images taken by MB Maher, which so beautifully depict this time capsule of California’s history. Every home tells a story — even when they’re almost barren of furniture or trappings —…

ADVENTURES ALONG WITH 38TH PARALLEL

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The two constants in my life are change and California. And driving across the 38th parallel this past week, watching ecosystems swing from arid to foggy, watching my dashboard thermometer go from 102 (39 C) to 62 (16 C) in the space of 2 hours, reminds me that California IS change.  And so therefore the…

MACARONS DE BOUCHON BAKERY

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Sorry for the long silence this week! I’m off on an adventure that so far has included airstreams, fat cats, lots of fog, and the largest macarons I’ve ever seen. Somehow Thomas Keller has found a way to increase macaron technology to support the size of the treats seen above while still managing to keep that…