For more stories like this, check out The Chronicle’s weekly Travel newsletter! Sign up here. Pilgrims and seekers, scholars and pupils, the restless and the curious — for more than 50 years, they’ve all made their way to the Esalen Institute in search of some kind of enlightenment, or at least a small insight or two about being human. Neither a church nor a university nor a think tank, Esalen was designed more than 50 years ago as a kind of spiritual and cultural crossroads to explore the frontiers of human knowledge, to entertain bold or even transgressive ideas, from drug-induced mysticism to the mind’s potential to survive bodily death. The institute was founded in 1962 by Stanford alums Michael Murphy and Richard Price on picturesque land owned by Murphy’s family. Deeply influenced by the work of Aldous Huxley in everything from psychedelic drugs to erotic tantric yoga, Murphy and Price looked to create a conducive space to conduct seminars in … [Read more...] about What’s next for the Esalen Institute?
On a late night in a deep canyon last week, I looked down at my odometer and, in the click of a moment, watched it roll over to 400,000 miles. I pulled over on the dirt shoulder, listened to the engine rumble, and considered all the places, wild weather and adventures through which this rig has carried me. Over the years, I’ve covered more than 1 million miles in different vehicles. For an outdoors writer, hitting 400,000 is a moment that stands apart, a testament to years looking for one more place to hike, bike, boat, fish, watch wildlife and camp. It also speaks to a mind-set in which you keep what works and lasts. Amid a social mentality that promotes the next new thing, you are repaid with miles and memories. The most hostile weather was a blizzard two winters ago in the eastern Cascades: 8 degrees, 30-knot wind, 4 inches of snow on the ground and ice freezing on the windshield wipers. In 4 miles, I passed 12 accidents. The highway patrol was everywhere and the officers … [Read more...] about Homage for a pickup truck at 400,000 miles
The steep mesa of dirt that looms where Candlestick Park once stood exemplifies how concerns about climate change and sea level rise are beginning to reshape some of the most valuable land on San Francisco’s waterfront. The mound of trucked-in soil is only the prelude to the construction of a shopping center and housing units where thousands of fans once cheered Willie Mays and Joe Montana. After the dirt is graded and compressed, the shops scheduled to open on the site in 2019 will be located at least 5 feet above the former level of the entrance to the stadium used by the Giants and 49ers — a height intended as a safe perch above the rising sea for another century or more. Candlestick Point’s new topography signals what’s in store on San Francisco’s promising but problematic new frontier: As many as 24,000 housing units and expansive parks could fill four huge tracts of land at various sites along the bay. But these shoreline projects come with serious … [Read more...] about Concerns about rising seas reshaping major SF waterfront projects
Why now: San Pablo has been winning the “Trout Wars,” in which it competes with Los Vaqueros, Del Valle, Chabot, Lafayette and Quarry lakes to provide the best winter fishing in the Bay Area. The fishing has been good both from boats and the shoreline. San Pablo also provides some of the best flat-water kayaking in the Bay Area, and has rentals available for kayaks, powerboats and other boats, and several lake-view picnic sites. Location: San Pablo Reservoir is near El Sobrante in Contra Costa County, in the canyons just east of San Pablo Dam Road. Lake conditions: San Pablo is 87 percent full, with good color and clarity and a surface temperature of 53.6 degrees. Trout plants: 4,000 pounds of trout were stocked last week (roughly 7,000 rainbow trout). Strategies: From shore, the best baits have been Berkley Mice Tails, Power Bait (orange, chartreuse, garlic), dunked in Trout Bait Dip, or with a two-hook rig, adding a nightcrawler on the bottom hook. The best spots have … [Read more...] about Sunday getaway to San Pablo Reservoir
BEVERLY, MA -- Pools are great, in-ground pools are better, but how about an in-ground pool with its own waterfall? This five-bedroom Colonial is on an acre-plus, estate live property on Beverly Cove. Inside, the home has load of natural light, a master suite featuring a six-foot shower and a finished lower level with man-cave, home office and an extended-family suite. Address: 21 Prince St, Beverly, Massachusetts Price: $1,950,000 Square Feet: 5701 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Full and 1 Half Baths Built: 2017 Features: Beverly Cove-Spectacular estate property privately sited on an amazing landscaped 1+ acre lot featuring a inground pool with waterfall and sport court. Extensively renovated in 2017-lives NEW! This sensational Colonial streams with sunlight thru plentiful windows, soaring cathedral ceilings, and open concept floorplan for exceptional living or entertaining. Fabulous kitchen with huge island, highend appliances, fireplace too. Stunning, spacious living, dining & family … [Read more...] about Nearby WOW! House: Estate With Pool And Waterfall For $2 Million