John Muir and the Family Ranch in Martinez

John Muir was the prophet of a new order that looked to nature for guidance and inspiration. His legacy, along with creating national parks like Yosemite and Sequoia, was largely literary — the classics he left to posterity about the wonders of nature and its importance to mankind; indeed, to all life. That legacy, born and nurtured from sustained contact with nature, bore fruition during his life at the Strentzel ranch in Martinez.

Malabar Farm State Park: Louis Bromfield Comes Home Again

By Roy A. Barnes As a writer myself, I found it a refreshing experience to take some time to visit […]

Joaquin Miller, The Poet of the Sierras

Called the “Poet of the Sierras” and the “Byron of the Rockies,” Cincinnatus Hiner Miller alias Joaquin Miller was also termed a “poseur” and a “farce” during his careers as a 19th century lawyer, judge, pony express rider, newspaperman, teacher, cook, miner, conservationist and poet.