Ari Burack

Carson River (West Fork), Hope Valley, California. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A Rough Idyll at the Edge of California

Wander up a two-lane highway south of Tahoe into the cool of…

Carson River (West Fork), Hope Valley, California. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Lundy Canyon trail, Mono County. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Mono County: California’s Fall Heartland

In the shadow of the Eastern Sierras, Mono County’s ghosts slumber amid…

Lundy Canyon trail, Mono County. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Richmond, British Columbia. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Farm-to-’Burbs: A Canadian Food Destination, Shaped by Immigrants

If you’re in the Vancouver area, you might wonder at a detour…

Richmond, British Columbia. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Halibut Cove, just outside Homer, Alaska. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F.Examiner)

The road ends in Homer, Alaska

Homer, Alaska — the “end of the road” that winds far south…

Halibut Cove, just outside Homer, Alaska. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F.Examiner)
A waterfall adorns the Mt. Whitney trailhead in the Eastern Sierras. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Inyo County’s unearthly beauty

Amid the extremes of earthbound beauty east of California’s Sierra range, some…

A waterfall adorns the Mt. Whitney trailhead in the Eastern Sierras. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Luxury hotels can often be a stark barrier between visitors and the surrounding culture, particularly those with tragic colonial pasts, even one as noted for hosting as Hawai'i. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Locals infuse Hawaiian luxury with soul

Beyond the swaying palm trees and plucked ukeleles, past the white sand…

Luxury hotels can often be a stark barrier between visitors and the surrounding culture, particularly those with tragic colonial pasts, even one as noted for hosting as Hawai'i. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)
An old boat launching ramp fades away in Tahoe. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)

With or without desired snow, Tahoe communities forge ahead

Desperately needed rains left the lake a cold, dark blue in May.…

An old boat launching ramp fades away in Tahoe. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Reno's iconic sign. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Reno Renewed: Nevada’s ‘Biggest Little City’ Is Changing Face

Once known more as Nevada’s grittier gambling getaway, Reno’s emerging food and…

Reno's iconic sign. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)
View of Echo Lake from Desolation Wilderness. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)

El Dorado County: An unexpected wine region

It may be gold (and God and gun) country, but visitors are…

View of Echo Lake from Desolation Wilderness. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Liscomb, Nova Scotia. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)

An autumn ramble in Maine and eastern Canada

Forests of slippery moss and tangled roots. Leaves the colors of firelight.…

Liscomb, Nova Scotia. (Ari Burack/Special to S.F. Examiner)