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 »

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 »

Discover our Newest National Park

Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Travel_and_Outdoors

Do you know where can you explore caves, hike in an ancient volcanic field and watch the endangered California condor? Its Pinnacles, our newest national park, about 80 miles south-east from the Bay Area. What makes it so special are the leftovers of an extinct volcano that moved about 150 miles from its original location on the San Andreas Fault. It is best to visit . . . more »

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 by Travel_and_Outdoors

You have probably heard about the Appalachian Trail. Bill Bryson introduced it to many of us with his book ‘A Walk in the Woods’. But recently another trail has been making the news and it is much closer to home: the Pacific Crest Trail. It is 2,663 mi long and it takes on average 152 days to hike the full length. The trail runs from . . . more »

Have you visited a national or local park lately? National Park Week is April 20 – 28.

Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013 by Travel_and_Outdoors

Yosemite Waterfall Of the 401 national parks, 26 of them are located in California. In 2012, over 35 million people visited those parks. From Monday through Friday, April 22 to 26, every national park will have free admission. For more information about National Park Week, including a calendar of events, visit the National Park Service website at If you’re not able to easily visit a national . . . more »

How I learned to Tie My Shoes at 32

Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by Travel_and_Outdoors

For the last few weeks I have been preparing for my first backpacking trip. I'll be hiking 20 miles in Big Sur. I have borrowed most of the gear that I will need, since this is only my first time, and I’m not sure when the next time will be. The one thing that I did decide to invest in is a good pair of . . . more »

It All Starts With a Walk In The Woods

Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 by Travel_and_Outdoors

A Walk in the Woods If, for you, January weather lends itself more to sitting and reading than tackling the great outdoors, here are my favorite hiking stories to tide you over until warmer weather. Having on many occasions