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Carquinez Strait by ferry tour.

Carquinez Strait by ferry tour Fresh and salt waters mingle in the swift tidal flow that ebbs and floods through Carquinez Strait, 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. On a new ferry tour, you can venture out into the swirling waters that link San Pablo and Suisun bays near the mouth of the Napa River. …

Before heading for camp, you shop an Asian market.

If you’re a camper, you’re familiar with lightweight freeze-dried or dehydrated foods available in camping and outdoor stores and supermarkets. But another excellent source for dried, lightweight, and nonperishable supplies is the Oriental grocery store. Whether the store specializes in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Southeast Asian foods, you’ll find many ingredients that can add exotic …

Watch salmon heading up the Sacramento.

Salmon are spawning this month in the Sacramento River. At the salmon-viewing plaza just off Interstate Highway 5 at Red Bluff, you can occassionally see a fish Hurl itself up the 12-step ladder around the Red Bluff Diversion Dam as it heads to spawning grounds upriver. Between 37,000 and 60,000 king (chinook) salmon, plus steelhead …

The “public” floor is wide open … one big space with alcoves.

Inefficient and Cramped: that’s how architect Jared Polsky found his two-story cabin built on a steep slope in Larkspur, California. An awkward L-shaped living room and a bedroom occupied the entire entry level; below lay the kitchen and a bathroom. Setback limitations prevented extending beyond the original foundation, so Polsky gutted the interior and redefined …

Watercolors of the early West.

In 1983 and ’34, a Swiss painter and a German prince journeyed from St. Louis up the Missouri River to what is now Montana. They returned with a compelling record of the early West. Two exhibits celebrating the 150th anniversary of that journey open this month in San Francisco. “Views of a Vanishing Frontier: Karl …

The time is ripe for apples.

For centuries apples have stimulated both man’s tastebuds and his imagination. It’s a matter of record that these flavorful fruits have dropped in at some ripe moments in history. For Adam, the apple temptation proved too great. William Tell saved his son’s skin by splitting an apple, and with the help of a plummeting pome …

Honest workings behind the false walls.

Its appearance deceives as you approach. What is this–a compound of homes? Condominiums? Neither. It’s just a modest-size new house on the rural outskirts of Portland, tucked between an old barn and workshop. But with bold use of just four wood walls–two low and flat-topped, two peaked and soaring overhead like western movie flats–architect William …

Pacific railfair chugs into San Mateo, September 7 through 9.

It sounds like a model railroader’s fantasy: replicas of more than a dozen lines such as the Northern Pacific, Cotton Belt, and Rock Island; 50 railroaders showing N-, HO-, S-, and O-gauge trains; and an attempt at a world’s record: the longest N-gauge train, with a thousand cars. Trains and railroaders are all part of …

Any hope for motion sickness?

Babies to astronauts, many travelers can testify that motion sickness takes the fun out of nearly any kind of trip. The problem stems from sensory motor conflict: while your eyes and mind tell you you’re moving one way, your inner ear says you’re actually moving another. Although many remedies can help, their effectiveness depends on …