Carolyn Finney: Bringing blacks into the Environmental Conversation

I saw this article over a year ago on the Berkeley website and just remembered it as an appropriate share for this blog. Like myself, Berkeley geographer Carol Finney took the non-traditional path to an undergraduate education and was deeply influenced by both her parent’s relationship to land and her own extensive travel. Finney believes…

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Antionette Cooks sent me the following note and picture: “…pictures were taken in Elk Grove, Ca from my balcony over looking Laguna creek. The rainbow stretched above the creek. Rue the creek is wonderful… I will take other pictures and send you the trees in bloom on a sunny day… maybe I can even catch…

Local Redwood Forests

Cooling off and calming down with the family (or your honey) could not be easier this summer than taking a stroll in a shady, local Redwood grove, where temperatures can dip 10-15 degrees lower than their nearby urban centers. Our local Redwood beauties have been around for hundreds of years and are now protected to…

Feather River Camping

Some people feel that the hard work of camping doesn’t translate into a real vacation, especially if you have young children. I want to point families to Oakland’s Feather River Family Camp, which has been around for about 80 years. The camp is situated in the Plumas National Forest located 5 hours away by car,…

Bicycling in the Bay Area

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area where the weather is a reliable average of 65 degrees year-round and there are trails and paths with sweeping views just minutes away from wherever you live. If you are thinking about riding a real bike in the Bay Area, instead of a stationary bike at the…