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Joan Larsen’s Travel: A Landscape of Superlatives – A First Look at Yosemite

October 11, 2017

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by Joan Larsen Only a morning’s drive from San Francisco lies one of the world’s truly great wilderness areas – a place of plunging waterfalls, snow-capped lakes, stark stone cliffs of stunning beauty, and a natural cathedral of ancient Sequoia trees that are among the largest on Earth. Its name: Yosemite National Park, its beauty […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: The World’s Most Spectacular Road – America’s Big Sur, Up Close and Personal

July 5, 2017

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By Joan Larsen We needed to have our breath taken away by an array of magnificent scenery, of stunning beauty that cannot be equaled – anywhere. We all seem to need beautiful “getaways” from the world we live in now.  And so, with a truly wonderful lifetime of adventures ‘round the world,  again we searched […]

Joan Larsen’s Favorite Travel Moments Above San Francisco: Communing With Giants — A Most Magical Day Spent in California’s Muir Woods

May 10, 2017

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 By Joan Larsen   2017 . . . and, with it, still another return journey to the West in early spring – to The City By The Bay, San Francisco. Once again the city has exceeded my expectations. It always does. That city pulls out all stops – and then continually adds some more – – […]

Joan Larsen’s Glimpse of Paradise: To Big Sur With Love

February 22, 2017

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By Joan Larsen How could any one of us resist a world that is totally breathtaking?  Just a plane’s flight away to California – not that many hours from any of our homes – lies a piece of heaven on this earth called Big Sur.  A warning though:  once seen, once under its spell, and […]

Joan Larsen: Let’s Run Away – Three Beautiful Places to Get Lost

February 15, 2017

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By Joan Larsen Let’s be honest here. It’s February – hearts and flowers time – and a reminder that the familiar theme –telling us that “love is in the air” –may well be bypassing us big time. Sure. . . if we are lucky, we have LOVE in our lives. But again, let’s be honest […]

Alice Friedemann: A Gorgeous Weekend on California’s Mendocino Coast

January 11, 2017

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By Alice Friedemann   A long distance call – out of the blue – became an invitation I could not resist.  .  . and a treat I will remember fondly forever.  We know there is something so special about old friends from our youth . . . and this couple had remained so dear to […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Living Life By the Moments – A California Dream

December 7, 2016

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By Joan Larsen   In time, and with water, everything changes. Leonardo da Vinci   A long-awaited early December holiday this year – a place we have grown to call “a time away, yet not too far” – has turned out to be an escape not to be believed – and yes, from a world […]

Joan Larsen Presents: In Photos – Searching for the World’s Most Unusual Trees

October 26, 2016

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By Joan Larsen I admit. . . searching for trees usually is way down the list of things we plan to do in life. Way down. But then – then – I actually spent the night in a nest, a so-called human nest lodged in a tree in Big Sur, California. If you are “into” […]

Joan Larsen’s Time of Pure Joy: Saving a Baby’s Life on California’s Pacific Coast Highway

July 6, 2016

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By Joan Larsen The very best . . . the most wondrous times of life come to us at the most unexpected moments.  The few that touch our hearts in that certain way stay with us forever.  For most of a lifetime of driving down to Carmel and Big Sur along the Pacific coast of […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Up, Up, and Away in My Beautiful Balloon!!

July 29, 2015

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By Joan Larsen   Early morning. Imagine floating thousands of feet above the earth, looking up at a deep blue sky with just a sprinkle of white clouds, looking down at a sea of Midwestern cornfields in a sea of green. I was young. Very young … and going up in a hot air balloon […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Carmel-By-The-Sea – Simply Unforgettable

July 8, 2015

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By Joan Larsen Wading in the Pacific Ocean – as the setting sun’s last rays lit up the skies before sunset – was magical.  The last surfer was way out, paddling his board toward shore in a lazy fashion.  Only the few of us on the beach saw the whale not that far behind  the […]

Joan Larsen Encore: To Big Sur With Love

April 29, 2015

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By Joan Larsen How could any one of us resist a world that is totally breathtaking?  Just a plane’s flight away to California – not that many hours from any of our homes – lies a piece of heaven on this earth called Big Sur.  A warning though:  once seen, once under its spell, and […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Communing With Giants – A Magical Day in California’s Muir Woods

April 8, 2015

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 By Joan Larsen   2015 . . . and with it another return journey to the West in early spring – to The City By The Bay, San Francisco. Once again the city has exceeded my expectations. It always does. That city pulls out all stops – and then continually adds some more – – […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: A Landscape of Superlatives – A First Look at Yosemite

February 25, 2015

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by Joan Larsen Only a morning’s drive from San Francisco lies one of the world’s truly great wilderness areas – a place of plunging waterfalls, snow-capped lakes, stark stone cliffs of stunning beauty, and a natural cathedral of ancient Sequoia trees that are among the largest on Earth. Its name: Yosemite National Park, its beauty […]

Joan Larsen: Let’s Run Away – Three Beautiful Places to Get Lost

February 4, 2015

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By Joan Larsen Let’s be honest here. It’s February – hearts and flowers time – and a reminder that the familiar theme –telling us that “love is in the air” –may well be bypassing us big time. Sure. . . if we are lucky, we have LOVE in our lives. But again, let’s be honest […]

Alice Friedemann: Just Off the Beaten Path in California – Wildflowers of the Carizzo Plain

December 3, 2014

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By Alice Friedemann About every 20 years the Carrizo plains, between Fresno and Paso Robles, bursts into fields of brilliant flowers so beautiful you won’t want to go back to work – suddenly you realize you’ve wasted your life and you’d rather picnic forever in fields of popcorn flowers, goldfields, and orange wind poppies. Even […]

Joan Larsen Presents: In Photos – Searching for the World’s Most Unusual Trees

November 19, 2014

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By Joan Larsen I admit. . . searching for trees usually is way down the list of things we plan to do in life. Way down. But then – then – I actually spent the night in a nest, a so-called human nest lodged in a tree in Big Sur, California. If you are “into” […]

It’s Past Time to Get Off the Fossil Fuels: You Can’t Drink Oil

October 13, 2014

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Here’s how Lila knows we are doomed as a species: there’s hardly any water left in California, and we’re letting Big Oil ruin it by fracking. News flash: you can’t eat dollars or drink oil. Lila’s undergraduate degree is in Geology. Decades ago, we predicted that economically accessible oil supplies would run out by the […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: California Dreaming – The Allure of La Jolla

September 10, 2014

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By Joan Larsen   Fall is definitely in the air . . . and, if you are like me, you wait out the packed highways of summer travel, knowing that a far less crowded season awaits– with all the hidden delights that California seems to pull out of its sleeve for the visitor “in the […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Carmel-By-The-Sea – Simply Unforgettable

February 19, 2014

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By Joan Larsen Wading in the Pacific Ocean – as the setting sun’s last rays lit up the skies before sunset – was magical.  The last surfer was way out, paddling his board toward shore in a lazy fashion.  Only the few of us on the beach saw the whale not that far behind  the […]

Lawsuit Over School’s US Flag Ban: Focusing on the Wrong Issue

October 18, 2013

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Recall that back in 2010, a California high school banned students from wearing American flag-themed clothing on Cinco de Mayo.  Yesterday, the resulting lawsuit found its way to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, but the problem warrants a different kind of attention from us all. Live Oak High School administrators cited safety concerns, […]

Joan Larsen’s Time of Pure Joy: Saving a Baby’s Life

August 28, 2013

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By Joan Larsen The very best . . . the most wondrous times of life come to us at the most unexpected moments.  The few that touch our hearts in that certain way stay with us forever.  For most of a lifetime of driving down to Carmel and Big Sur along the Pacific coast of […]

…and They Wonder Why People Don’t Want to Register Their Guns

March 11, 2013

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Existing confiscation programs erode public trust and may ultimately make gun control more difficult In the perennial gun-rights vs. gun-control debate, gun registration is one of those measures inevitably brought up as a reasonable requirement for law-abiding citizens to own guns.  And just as inevitably, there are those who push back, saying that requiring gun […]

Joan Larsen’s Life Stories: A Case of Love – Love

January 23, 2013

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By Joan Larsen Just so you know,  I am wildly in love with tennis… and so what you see above in that fun photo is what I call a little bit of heaven that makes me smile every time I look at it.  The setting:  the Palm Springs, California airport arrival gate about 16 years […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel Stories: To Big Sur With Love

January 9, 2013

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By Joan Larsen   How could any one of us resist a world that is totally breathtaking?  Just a plane’s flight away to California – not that many hours from any of our homes – lies a piece of heaven on this earth called Big Sur.  A warning though:  once seen, once under its spell, […]