Travel

High school trip to Israel leads Menlo Park native to ponder the differences between living there and here

For Kehillah High School juniors, it’s a tradition to take a three-week class trip to Israel. We recently travelled up and down the entire country, from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv to the Syrian and Lebanese borders. Having lived my entire life in Menlo Park, I came back having much to reflect on in the way […]

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Betsy Sergeant Snow travels to Cuba with cameras in hand – and “oh those cars!”

M-A digital arts teacher Betsy Sergeant Snow, currently on sabbatical, thought she’d travel to Cuba to photograph windows. And she did, a bit. But what filled more frames was the country’s famous old cars — the topic of this post — and the wonderful faces of the Cuban people (to come at a later time). Betsy was in […]

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Sunset leaves Menlo Park for new headquarters in Oakland’s Jack London Square

Sunset will move its headquarters to Jack London Square in Oakland this December, Evelyn Webster, Executive Vice President, Time Inc. announced today. Sunset will relocate to Oakland from the Menlo Park campus that it has occupied since 1951. Where the publishing company would land has been a topic of much discussion since last December when the magazine’s owner, […]

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Marissa Muller takes off on cross country trip riding a solar-powered electric bike

Sacred Heart Prep grad Marissa Muller started her professional career as a journalist at CNN before taking a hard right turn and working for companies focused on sustainability. As she embarks from Southern California on Thursday atop a solar-charged electric bike on a cross-country trip — which she will be chronicling along the way — you could conclude she’s […]

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Women’s Wellness Weekend at Lair of the Golden Bear is hit with local sisters

Editor’s note: Did you have a new summer adventure or experience? Send your ideas to [email protected] Women’s Wellness Weekend (actually a long weekend, Wednesday through Sunday) was held this past weekend at the University of California, Berkeley’s Lair of the Golden Bear. While Cal blue and gold could be seen everywhere in camp, one need not […]

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Summer adventure: Walking the Camino de Santiago with Trinity Church group

In the post and photos below, M-A grad Annalise Deal, who heads for Boston College this fall, talks about her summer experience walking the Camino de Santiago. We’d like to hear how other Menlo Park and Atherton residents spent their summer vacation. Send stories/photos to [email protected] “The Camino has been a gift, pay it forward.” I read […]

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Garrett McMurtry completes 80-day wilderness expedition in Patagonia

For Menlo Park resident Garrett McMurtry the fall semester had a decidedly southern exposure. He and 16 other National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) students embarked on an 80-day wilderness expedition in the diverse landscapes of Patagonia. They hiked across glaciated mountain peaks, camped in alpine valleys, and sea kayaked through island chains. They began at NOLS […]

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Looking back at favorite photographic moments of 2013, highlighted by a trip to Japan

In May 2013, I went to Japan with my dad, Derek Freyberg, bringing with me my Canon EOS Rebel T3i. I’ve chosen five photographs from the trip to share here on InMenlo. These and other images from that trip will be featured in an exhibit at the Portola Art Galley in Menlo Park this coming April, […]

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Summer adventures: Kibbie to Many Island Lakes backpack trip takes unexpected twists and turns

My backpacking trip this summer was one of the most difficult I’ve ever experienced. Seven of us set out to conquer the wilderness between Kibbie and Many Island Lakes in the southwest corner of Yosemite National Park, but we failed. The distance between these lakes is only about two miles as the crow flies, and the […]

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Intrepid traveler Doug McConnell speaks at Little House on Aug. 20

For more than 15 years as the host of KRON’s Bay Area Backroads, Doug McConnell gave viewers an opportunity to learn more about the unique places and out-of-the-way adventures that make our area so special. Now he is back with OpenRoad, a new weekly public television series focusing on the entire West. He’ll share tips […]

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Mule train is new mode of transportation in Menlo Park

We couldn’t quite believe our eyes when we spotted a man walking through Menlo Park with his three mules, ages 24, 33 and 18. The packs contain his belonging, including a sleeping bag. He’s been walking with mules for over 25 years and year round for the past 10 years. When we asked his name, […]

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