Afoot and Afield: San Francisco Bay Area: A Comprehensive by David Weintraub

By David Weintraub

This name within the acclaimed Afoot & Afield sequence includes greater than a hundred rigorously defined journeys within the nine-county zone. incorporated are all of the recognized favorites: Mt. Tamalpais, element Reyes nationwide beach, Henry W. Coe and Mt. Diablo kingdom parks, and Rancho San Antonio Open house shield. The ebook additionally positive factors extra distant parks and preserves, from the rugged Sonoma coast to hidden canyons south of San Jose, in addition to local open areas and kingdom parks from the East Bay hills to the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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This was becoming litany. That night I had more anguilas al horno, a carafe of local tinto, and a slice of local bull meat in a brown sauce with green peas at a small local restaurant where there were no other tourists. After dinner I went promptly to bed and was asleep in seconds. A huge cat fight broke out beneath my window in the middle of the night and I woke up, so tired and confused I had to sit up to figure out where I was. I smelled mildew and cats, and felt the moist air of sage and salt with a hint of sharp geranium—Andalusia, I thought, Al Andalus of ancient days.

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