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Paul Harrar

Nevada City


About Me

I'm a frequent traveler throughout California. I seek the best quality-for-price in lodging and restaurants and enjoy hiking, photography and geocaching. 

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AHow do I get my spouse excited to get off the beaten path?

I recommend checking out the activity of Geocaching, which is the global game of using GPS to find hidden geocaches. You can learn the basics (and more) about this on your own by doing an internet search (first try ). Note: I geocache as a hobby and do... See More

ASan Francisco: Must Sees in San Fran & Berkeley Sept. 19th-24th?

There's tons of info on Trippy (and elsewhere) about S.F., and not so much on Berkeley, so I'll focus on that: If you can squeeze it in on Sept. 19 or 20th, I'd recommend checking out the Berkeley Flea Market​. It's sooo Berkeley. Very... See More

AWhat was you best and worst experience while traveling ?

Great question! Best: Doing a free two-week Mediterranean cruise in the early '90s with my parents, three sisters and some of their girl friends. One of my sisters worked for the cruise line and hooked up deep discounts for everybody. With stops in... See More

ASan Francisco: What is the best way of transportation in SF with a baby?

There are companies that rent baby gear (car seats, cribs, strollers) for travelers. Try: Traveling Baby Company ​ (San Francisco). They'll deliver to your hotel or you can pick up. The fees seem pretty reasonable for the convenience. A lot of crowded indoor S.F.... See More

AThe Big Island: Ideas for family vacation to The Big Island

To give better advice than can be easily found in most guide books and local tourist web sites, I would need to know your length of stay, where you are staying (and for how long, if staying in several places), and how much physical challenge and adventure you are seeking.... See More

QNorth Lake Tahoe: Best Tahoe Restaurants

Hey Trippy readers... Looking for recommendations for fine and casual dining around Lake Tahoe (not Truckee or Reno). What are your favorite places? Thanks! See More

ASan Francisco: Half way point between LA and San Francisco on the Pacific Coast Highway?

Here's another vote for Treebones Resort​. The yurts are spacious and comfortable, the grounds and views are lovely, and the staff is super nice. Their Oceanview sushi bar is excellent, but pricey. There are some nice hiking trails and beaches nearby.... See More

AWhat are the best things to collect when travelling?

My favorite "I was there" things to collect from travels are "finds" of geocaches. These are hidden containers* (and paper logs to sign) that must be found using GPS coordinates, which are posted on the ​ website. The global game of geocaching... See More

ASan Francisco: Best place to watch the fog roll in and out of San Francisco?

What a great question! My top three spots also qualify as generally excellent vistas: 1. Hawk Hill​, Conzelman Rd​, Golden Gate National Recreation Area​. This is old army battery site is just west of the north... See More

ABig Sur: Whats the best hike in Big Sur? Best beach?

For a good overview, check out the Big Sur Beach Guide ​. I can recommend three beaches — each offering different hiking experiences. North-South: Andrew Molera State Park​ ​ offers a 1 mile, relatively flat and easy hike to the beach, but you... See More

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