Rural passengers, 1950s vibes, and Walter the failed botanist in Ukiah, CA

Nice things people on Yelp had to say about Ukiah, a rustic town in Mendocino County with a population of 16,000: “The air is always sparkling clear (unless there are forest fires). Every night we can go outside and look up and feel as though we are camping in the Sierras—billions of stars! There areContinue reading “Rural passengers, 1950s vibes, and Walter the failed botanist in Ukiah, CA”

Ride with Me: Exploring California’s Rustic, Woodsy Towns

Ride along this week as we step foot into the snow globe town of Shasta City. Later we’ll let notes from a gently strummed harp seep into our souls as we stare out at a view of the state’s largest lake (in California’s Lake County). We’ll soak in the bucolic, woodsy calm of a townContinue reading “Ride with Me: Exploring California’s Rustic, Woodsy Towns”

Bucolic charm, swimming pigs, and a passenger’s poeticization of rivers in the California Delta

Disco music pumps from the speakers, shaking the floors of the riverside restaurant-bar. Dressed in jean shorts, a maroon tank top, and black flip-flops, the bar-tender dances along to it. A tattoo of a fish (or is it a dolphin?) on her right bicep glitters and shimmies as she stirs mojitos and hands change to theContinue reading “Bucolic charm, swimming pigs, and a passenger’s poeticization of rivers in the California Delta”