You think you know Mount Diablo, right? Think again. The Mount Diablo Interpretive Association is out with its revised guide to the flora, fauna, trails and camping spots around the Bay Area’s favorite twin peaks. It’s encyclopedic in spots, as when it spends four pages listing every tree, bush, grass and wildflower found in the park. Its glossy pages are chock full of gorgeous photos, as well as a foldout trail map. It’s worth the $14, which helps fund the organization.
Known for its water bottles with the rubbery, nipplelike opening that makes users feel as if they have reverted to infancy, CamelBak now is offering a bottle for those who want to chug their water. The Chute features a leak-proof, high-flow tilted spout angled so that you don’t spill (too much) when quenching your thirst. About time. It comes in 1-liter and .75-liter sizes.
Because the cheap airlines have cut out most food service on flights, passengers have taken it upon themselves to bring snacks, or even four-course entrees, in their carry-on bags. The Huffington Post sniffs out the pungent foods you should avoid eating in such a confined, recycled-air space:
1. Tuna salad
3. Clam chowder
4. Egg salad
5. Yogurt (“This is a tough one, but the smell of yogurt can be nauseating if you’re not the one eating it.”)
6. Onion rings
7. Hot dog
8. Ranch dressing (“Dressing will start to smell like feet sooner or later.”)
9. Endless bag of chips (“incessant hours of crunching ... can really wear on the passenger sitting at your side.”)
10. Seafood of any kind
This is not bad advice from Lonely Planet, the informative and entertaining website. Rather, it’s a debunking of the accepted wisdom of travel advice that actually is wrong, wrong, wrong. Example: Advice: “Don’t Eat Street Food.” Why it’s bad advice: “Street food is arguably the most direct and inexpensive route to a country’s identity and should be considered an integral part of travel.”
Philosopher Dagobert D. Runes: “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.”