Mary Charlebois, is a freelance journalist/photographer. Her home base is Fort Bragg, California on the wild, remote, Mendocino Coast. Her writing and photography is published in print and web.
PUBLISHED 09/29/18 BY GoNOMAD
When the hook clicks open, and the pilot catches the updraft, the cockpit goes silent. An ethereal mood takes over as the aircraft ceases its strain against the winch rope. You’re gliding on streams of air. Thermals carry you up, currents take you forward. The vista is glorious. It’s intoxicating...
PUBLISHED 09/09/18 BY SHORT WEEKS-LONG WEEKENDS
Hwy 128, a two-lane road, twists, turns, and curls through a long coastal valley. Take it slow, enjoy the view. Meander along, soaking up the shifting landscape of woodlands, mountains, terraced vineyards, orchards, pastures, chaparral, and valleys.
Ninety minutes north of the Golden Gate, things slow down in Mendocino County’s, Anderson Valley (AV). It’s a collage of vineyards, farms, ranches, and micro-towns. AV is a hub for organic food producers and laid-back hospitality. Wine, cheese, be...
PUBLISHED 08/29/2018 BY OAKLAND MAGAZINE
When you hear the phrase, “Let’s go camping,” do you (a) air out the sleeping bags; (b) check the tire pressure on the RV; or (c) desperately devise a way to stay home?
These days, camping is evolving to include everyone from dedicated wilderness backpackers to those who need comfy beds, hot showers, and high-tech flush toilets.
The Mendocino Coast abounds in diverse camping experiences. Camp among giant redwoods, ...
PUBLISHED AUGUST 23, 2018 BY trivago magazine
It’s remote, wild, and fragile. The Pacific headlands hide coves, caves, and secret beaches. Grasslands give way to woodlands, woodlands become a redwood forest.
There are more pickups than Porsches. Jeans, fleece, and flannel never go out of style. The fellas have been wearing neckbeards for more than 100-years. Communities range from small to micro. Folks are welcoming. Businesses are locally owned.
They grow their own here. Farmers and ranchers raise meat, fish, fruit, veggies, and dairy. ...
PUBLISHED 08/02/18 BY SHORT WEEKS-LONG WEEKENDS
The ground seems to blush when cherry blossoms fall in early spring conversations and signage are Japanese language. Pagodas, paper parasols, kimonos, and happi coats pop in and out of view. Tonkotsu ramen is an art form, sushi bars, sake lounges, and izakaya are commonplace. You are in San Francisco’s Japantown.
PUBLISHED 07/01/18 BY LINKS & LIBATIONS
Where do you start with over 250 bourbons to choose from? “Start with the A’s.”, advises bourbon specialist, Austin, from Dickie Brennan’s New Orleans’ Bourbon House.
The Oyster Bar at Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House raises bourbon appreciation to an art.
PUBLISHED 06/2018 BY GoNOMAD
Considering a cannabis tour? Interested in medical marijuana? Curious about the effects of the annual flowering herb? Chances are there’s a cannabis tour out there that’s right for you.
Cannabis tours are selling out in places like Portland, Denver, and Seattle. A cannabis tour can be an afternoon activity or an entire weekend getaway.
The experiences vary widely. Costs range from $0 to a hundred+ dollars. New businesses, price point...
PUBLISHED 06/27/18 BY SHORT WEEKS-LONG WEEKENDS
Sail at sunset or greet the bay at sunrise. Explore an urban temple or stroll a secret beach. An organ powered by waves performs at high tide. Have a long, lazy lunch at a sidewalk café, or picnic by the yacht harbor. Savor dinner in a laidback bistro, or roam Fillmore at Greenwich for buzzy nightlife...
PUBLISHED 05/30/18 BY SHORT WEEKS-LONG WEEKENDS
Newport’s Yaquina Bay Bridge is mesmerizing. Appearing and disappearing at the whim of wind, tide, and fog, the bridge has a thousand faces. The art deco and gothic structure are one of the most recognized spans along Hwy 101.
But there’s more to the bridge than her changing looks. Under the arches and towers are spots to soak-up local marine wildlife, maritime history, marine science, go fishing, try crabbing, take a hike, hit the beach, or...
PUBLISHED 04/30/18 BY SHORT WEEKS-LONG WEEKENDS
The road trip to Point Arena gradually re-sets your pace. You slow down, unplug and occupy nature. Each turn in the road opens to a sweeping Pacific vista. Cliffs hang high above the ocean. Powerful surf is carried by the wind. Wild, remote, and stunning, the call of Nature is loud here.
About 3-hours north of the Golden Gate Bridge ...
First Nature Treks and Tours
PUBLISHED 04/15/18 BY MEETING NEWS NORTHWEST
Spend a day outside. Enjoy nature and engage the senses. Take the team whitewater rafting, snowmobiling, fly fishing or kayaking. Hike to a waterfall. Ski, snowboard, or snowshoe. Try wine tasting or whale watching.
Meetings held outside have many positive effects. They can restart the creative juices. Fresh air and sunshine recharge our batteries and bring a sense of health and wellness. A change of scenery facilitates new ways of thinking. Engaging...
PUBLISHED 03/31/18 BY GoNOMAD
Ride or Walk, The Carry-On That Carries You
Modobag is a motorized suitcase you convert to a mini scooter. It uses a nano-safe battery, is carry-on friendly and packed with features. I gave Modobag a test drive at World’s Fair Nano in San Francisco...
It is low to the ground but easy to operate. It turns on a dime without tipping. There’s a modesty panel for those wearing skirts. Whizz through the airport on the bag at 5-MPH/8-KPH. Outside 8-MPH/12.8-KPH is possible on level surfaces. Fully cha...
BROADCAST 07/22/18 BY GREAT ESCAPES PUBLISHING
An interview with myself, Theresa St James, and Erica Mills. The interview is conducted by, by Lori Allen, Director, Great Escapes Publishing. This podcast was used to promote the live stream of the sold-out, Ultimate Travel Writers Workshop, in Austin Texas, September 2018. Each of us is a successful graduate from previous Great Escapes workshops.