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Art at the Source 2017

Art Studio Trails in Sonoma County

By Alexa Chipman June 8, 2017

California has a rich tradition of fine art, and wine country’s Sonoma County is a paradise for plein air painters, wood turning and photographers. From fanciful multimedia collages integrating family photos with textured oil painting to impressionist vineyards, you will find artists that spark interest in their work and speak to you personally.

Art at the Source 2017

Landscape painter Paula Matzinger (30a in the 2017 Art at the Source) (more…)

Wild Beauty at Modini Mayacamas Preserves

By Alexa Chipman May 29, 2017

More clambering exploration than a hike in the traditional sense, the experience lives up to the motto of Audubon Canyon Ranch—conservation in action. The preserve requires a guide, unless you take the orientation class, after which there are 1,400 acres open to hiking with an additional 1,600 closed to the public and used for research. Dramatic hills surround idyllic creeks, woodlands and meadows.

Modini Mayacamas Preserves Healdsburg

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Step Into History at Pier 45 in San Francisco

By Alexa Chipman May 25, 2017

On a secluded pier, hidden from the bustle of Pier 39, is a colorful banner indicating “Historic Pier 45” arched across an entrance next to the Musee Mecanique. Behind its cheerful red and blue is a miniature World War II maritime museum, with the liberty ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien and submarine USS Pampanito (SS-383), both primarily independently operated and open for tours with a small fee.

USS Pampanito

USS Pampanito in San Francisco

Built for long-range patrols on the hunt for enemy shipping, Pampanito is a sleek, dangerous boat with the most advanced technology of her time on board—volunteers have scoured the world in an attempt to bring her as close to original specifications as possible, and their attention to detail shows. Forerunners of modern computing are on board—the cypher machine to send and receive encrypted messages, and the Torpedo Data Computer (TDC), which assisted with the complex calculations needed to determine range and firing angle between two constantly moving platforms. This “futuristic” technology was unique to United States submarines, allowing for more accurate firing from a safe distance, protecting crews from going in close where the mostly surface vessel was vulnerable. (more…)