A guide for what you need to buy, read or consume to enhance your recreation and travel experience
"Beaches and Parks From San Francisco to Monterey" by the California Coastal Commission
University of California Press, $29.95, 320 pages
There's so much more to this tome than a mere listing of Northern California beaches and their adjoining state parks. Included are 53 maps showing roads and trails, 299 color illustrations as well as information about specific geologic formations and tidepools.
Danner Mountain Light Hiking Boots
It's your classic one-piece leather upper, waterproof Gore-Tex liner and it's made in Oregon. Here's what Sinuhe Xavier wrote about the boots in Adventure Journal: "They have trudged across the Pinacate Desert in Northern Mexico, worked two days straight while shooting deep inside a pumice mine in the Eastern Sierra, and loafed on the sidewalks of Telluride and Silverton, Colo. Most recently, they spent 10 days crossing glaciers."
"Dog-Friendly Trails for All Seasons in California's Foothills and the Sierra Nevada," by Debbi Preston
This is Diamond Springs author Debbi Preston's second tome detailing great hiking spots for human and canine alike. This time, Preston and her dog, Toots, go beyond the usual suspects among trails to find hidden gems that are dog-friendly. One interesting twist: She divides trails by calendar months, since some get too hot or cold at certain times of the year.
Original Paul Ryan Time Calculator
www.paulryantimecalculator.com/ ?submitted=yes&time=18%3A17 &distance=5000&gender=m
You may have heard that, a few weeks ago, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan claimed to have run a marathon in less than three hours, but in reality his time was 4:01. Now, some Internet wag has developed a conversion calculator to improve your marathon time by giving yourself the Paul Ryan headstart. A fun time-waster.
Top 5 countries for vegetarians
From travel writer Mark Wiens:
5. United States