Travel Poetry

Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Travel_and_Outdoors

April is National Poetry Month. Let us suggest some travel poetry for all ages, to travel ‘through space and time’: For Children: Worlds Apart Traveling With Fernie and Me : Poems Soto, Gary (Book - 2005 ) Wish You Were Here (and I Wasn't) A Book of Poems and Pictures for Globe-trotters McNaughton, Colin (Book - 2000 ) For Adults: Budget Travel Through Space and . . . more »

The Best Places for Everything

Posted on Friday, March 21, 2014 by Travel_and_Outdoors

The Best Places for Everything book Whether you're looking for your next outdoor adventure, food adventure, fun educational opportunity, or even a spiritual adventure, the library has great resources to help you plan. The Best Places for Everything Check out the aptly named book, The Best Places for Everything. It has hundreds of ideas to inspire, including some unique ideas like zip-lining, food markets, sightseeing by public transport, cheese-making, and even . . . more »

Wildflowers are Here

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 by Travel_and_Outdoors

Spring time is here in California already. No better time to go for a hike and enjoy the many wildflowers blooming here. Even though we are still waiting and hoping for more rain, the flowers are starting to bloom. If you always wanted to identify them or just know more about them, take one of our guide books along on your next hike: Wildflowers of . . . more »

Plan Your Vacation

Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Travel_and_Outdoors

Vacation time is what most of us are looking forward to all year. Many of us like to travel and explore new places. And if you take some time to prepare for it, your time off can be a memorable one. Not sure where to go yet? The library can help: Traveling Solo Advice and Ideas for More than 250 Great Vacations Berman, Eleanor (Book . . . more »

Let's Go Birding!

Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 by Travel_and_Outdoors

We are really lucky in California. Our mild climate lets us be active outside all year round. Many people like to go hiking and explore the natural beauty of our area, but have you ever tried to go birding? The National Audubon Society is conducting its annual bird count right now, but birding can be done in a more informal way, too. Look with the . . . more »

Tea Time in the Bay Area

Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by Travel_and_Outdoors

tea and scones With the change in season there's a certain pleasure in taking things slow and savoring that hot cup of chocolate, coffee, or tea. I'm a big fan of tea as it has certain health benefits and just tastes great. While some prefer a cup o joe, I can't live without my cup of Earl Grey. My husband muses many times about my love affair with . . . more »

The New Travel Guides are Here

Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013 by Travel_and_Outdoors

Are you already thinking about your vacation in 2014? Not sure yet where to go? The 2014 travel guides are arriving at the library. Reserve one now and let it help you make a decision. Here are some suggestions for 2014 travel guides: Fodor's 2014 Caribbean Frommer's Easyguide To Hawaii 2014 Let's Go Europe 2014: The Student Travel Guide Frommer's Easyguide to Paris Not For . . . more »

The End of Night?

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Travel_and_Outdoors

In the United States alone, some sixty million streetlights blaze all night, every night. Artificial light has spread from our cities to our suburbs and rural towns. How dark is the night? According to Paul Bogard's book The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light the following is true: Already two-thirds of Americans and Europeans no longer experience real . . . more »

Visiting a Pumpkin Patch – Fun for the Whole Family

Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 by Travel_and_Outdoors

It’s that time of the year: the days are getting shorter, the fog lingers longer, switching on the heating system suddenly seems to be a good idea – and Halloween is coming up! Have you visited a pumpkin patch yet? It’s a great little adventure for the whole family and the Bay Area has many different options: Half Moon Bay is called the pumpkin capital . . . more »

Pumpkins Everywhere

Posted on Monday, October 7, 2013 by Travel_and_Outdoors

Photo of pumpkins October signals the beginning of pumpkin season. And you don't have to travel far to find fun, pumpkin-related outdoor activities. Check out these free, family-friendly pumpkin events: Pumpkins in the Park - Sat, Oct 12, 2013 at Discovery Meadow. Activities planned include costume parades, a kid-sized straw maze, a scarecrow contest, all with live music. See their website,, for more information and other fall . . . more »

Trails and Tarantulas

Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 by Travel_and_Outdoors

If you have done any hiking lately you might have noticed you are sharing the trails with some huge, hairy eight legged creatures. It is common to see tarantulas in the fall when the males wander in search of females. Tarantulas are not highly venomous and not aggresive towards humans, but they do bite! So look, don't touch! Did you know? Tarantulas are most active . . . more »

Munich Oktoberfest Begins September 21!

Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 by Travel_and_Outdoors

The origins of Oktoberfest date back to the wedding of King Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. To celebrate the event it was suggested to have a big horse race on October 17, 1810. Every year thereafter the celebration was repeated. At the turn of the 20th century the celebration grew bigger in size. With the advent of electricity more stands and rides . . . more »

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