Kristin’s a freelance writer and blogger who’s appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle’s SF Gate, The Bold Italic, Willamette Week and Mapquest’s Parachute.
After 1,000 miles of hiking, everything literally turned upside down as one mistake pulled a man toward a raging waterfall
It was 6:30 p.m. one night in early June, and Marcus Mazaferri was staring at Return Creek, 15 miles north of Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows. What might have once been a mild and meandering creek was now a raging river full of thick, frothy currents, whip-fast eddies, and chilling water fresh from a record-breaking Sierra snowpack.
The heavy rains may be wiping out California’s drought, but they’re breeding a different sort of problem. One that’s tiny, irritating, and makes a high pitch buzzing sound in your ear. “Persistent rains require persistent mosquito control,” said Jamesina Scott, district manager and research director for Lake County Vector Control, and President of Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California.
Some areas in California are blowing records right out of the water when it comes to rainfall this year. Santa Rosa is 200 percent of normal, which means it’s had twice the rainfall it normally has this time of years, with 52 inches.
The torrential downpours and flooding we’ve seen lately might be good for the parched, drought-stricken lands of California, but it’s disastrous for endangered salmon. In the North Bay, creeks are muddy and swirling, raging torrents that destroy neatly-laid salmon eggs and provide no shelter for salmon coming in to spawn.
Brandon S,. who made headlines after revealing he lived in a box truck on Google’s campus back in 2015, is still truckin’. But this time, not on his employer’s property. The 24-year-old from Massachusetts now parks on the streets of Mountain View in his 128-square foot truck, which he bought for $10,000 in 2015.
My boyfriend first brought up the idea of skipping out on expensive Bay Area rent when we were on a hike in the North Bay. We were roommates of sorts on a Mill Valley property, where he paid $1,000 for a room in a house and I paid $1,650 for tiny studio cottage.
I looked around my apartment in the hills of Mill Valley, an upscale neighborhood north of San Francisco, and wondered what the hell I was doing. In just 24 hours, I’d be out of here. It wasn’t the moving that scared me, it was where I was moving or rather, where I wasn’t.
When I first lost my job in the mass firings that decimated the KGO Newsroom in San Francisco, I had to think fast. There was no way I could afford my room in a Sausalito houseboat at $1,450 per mo…
Shipping container homes, or “box homes” as aficionados call them, may soon be parked on city streets in Oakland. At least that’s the goal of Luke Iseman, who helped found “Containeropia,” a shipping container community. Now, he’s living in a state-of-the-art container he designed, complete with bamboo floors, wood-paneled walls, a tin ceiling, a platform bed, a kitchen and bathroom.
When I tell people I live on a sailboat, they often picture a romantic scene: a boat gently rocking in waves tinged orange with the setting sun, white wine and a plate full of Gruyère cheese, seeded crackers and glistening red grapes.
AOL Yosemite is a playground for nature-lovers. The lush, swaying grasses of the valley, the towering granite faces that make up El Capitan and Half Dome, the winding river that cuts through it all. It’s like crack if you love to hike and backpack, which I do, especially if I remember to pack a beer to drink at the top, which I usually do.
If you don’t want to be one of those tourists who waddles around San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, hunting down a sweatshirt to fight off the brutal summer wind, head north of the Golden Gate Bridge and go on one of these five fabulous hikes. Marin…
If San Francisco does anything well, it’s cocktails. This city is a master of throwing together eclectic libations that you won’t find in most podunk cities across the country. Snobby San Franciscans scoff at so-called drinks like the Greyhound, t…
San Francisco may be known as a playground for the rich, with endless fine dining options and Michelin starred restaurants and ridiculous $20 valet parking and $10 beers. But never fear, there are also places to eat for the proletariat class, too. So…