Goodies for Adventurers - http://snradventure.com

California - Lodging





California - Bookshelf


370 pages

California, a history

Creator: Kevin Starr | History - 2005

A definitive, single-volume history of the Golden State ranges from the earliest Native American cultures, through the Spanish and Mexican eras, the Gold Rush, and rise of Hollywood, to the twenty-first century, chronicling the events, ...

Publisher: Random House, Inc.

About this book
California has always been our Shangri-la–the promised land of countless pilgrims in search of the American Dream. Now the Golden State’s premier historian, Kevin Starr, distills the entire sweep of California’s history into one splendid volume. From the age of exploration to the age of Arnold, this is the story of a place at once quintessentially American and utterly unique.Arguing that America’s most populous state has always been blessed with both spectacular natural beauty and astonishing human diversity, Starr unfolds a rapid-fire epic of discovery, innovation, catastrophe, and triumph. For generations, California’s native peoples basked in the abundance of a climate and topography eminently suited to human habitation. By the time the Spanish arrived in the early sixteenth century, there were scores of autonomous tribes were thriving in the region. Though conquest was rapid, nearly two centuries passed before Spain exerted control over upper California through the chain of missions that stand to this day.The discovery of gold in January 1848 changed everything. With population increasing exponentially as get-rich-quick dreamers converged from all over the world, California reinvented itself overnight. Starr deftly traces the successive waves of innovation and calamity that have broken over the state since then–the incredible wealth of the Big Four railroad tycoons and the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906; the emergence of Hollywood as the world’s entertainment capital and of Silicon Valley as the center of high-tech research and development; the heroic irrigation and transportation projects that have altered the face of the region; the role of labor, both organized and migrant, in key industries from agriculture to aerospace.Kevin Starr has devoted his career to the history of his beloved state, but he has never lost his sense of wonder over California’s sheer abundance and peerless variety. This one-volume distillation of a lifetime’s work gathers together everything that is most important, most fascinating, and most revealing about our greatest state.



328 pages

California, America's high-stakes experiment

Creator: Peter Schrag | Political Science - 2006-04-20

This is an incisive, pointed analysis of the current shape and texture of California and what it means for our national agenda. "Once again, Peter Schrag asserts himself as a perceptive and courageous commentator.

Publisher: Univ of California Pr

About this book
Peter Schrag takes on the big issues--immigration, globalization, and the impact of California's politics on its quality of life--in this dynamic account of the Golden State's struggle to recapture the American dream. In the past half-century, California has been both model and anti-model for the nation and often the world, first in its high level of government and public services--schools, universities, highways--more lately for its dysfunctional government, deteriorating services, and sometimes regressive public policies. Schrag's incisive analysis of the state's political, demographic, and fiscal realities vividly demonstrates that it has been struggling with a range of problems for a generation. The author deftly shows that California's ability to forge its culturally and ethnically diverse population into a successful democracy will be of crucial importance not only to America, but to the world. He also explains how many current "solutions" exacerbate the very problems they're supposed to solve and analyzes a variety of possible state and federal policy alternatives to restore accountable government and a vital democracy to the nation's largest state and world's fifth largest economy. Among the issues that Schrag tackles: The impact of Latino and Asian immigration and the emergence of California as the first large majority minority state The globalization of California's economy and culture The growing reliance of voters on the initiative, referendum, and recall processes The increasing instability of elected government California as cultural avant-garde, from hippies to gay marriage Peter Schrag takes on the big issues--immigration, globalization, and the impact of California's politics on its quality of life--in this dynamic account of the Golden State's struggle to recapture the American dream. In the past half-century, California has been both model and anti-model for the nation and often the world, first in its high level of government and public services--schools, universities, highways--more lately for its dysfunctional government, deteriorating services, and sometimes regressive public policies. Schrag's incisive analysis of the state's political, demographic, and fiscal realities vividly demonstrates that it has been struggling with a range of problems for a generation. The author deftly shows that California's ability to forge its culturally and ethnically diverse population into a successful democracy will be of crucial importance not only to America, but to the world. He also explains how many current "solutions" exacerbate the very problems they're supposed to solve and analyzes a variety of possible state and federal policy alternatives to restore accountable government and a vital democracy to the nation's largest state and world's fifth largest economy. Among the issues that Schrag tackles: The impact of Latino and Asian immigration and the emergence of California as the first large majority minority state The globalization of California's economy and culture The growing reliance of voters on the initiative, referendum, and recall processes The increasing instability of elected government California as cultural avant-garde, from hippies to gay marriage



84 pages

California

Creator: Kathy Pelta | History - 2001-12

Introduces the geography, history, people, industries, and environmental concerns of the Golden State.

Publisher: Lerner Pub Group

About this book
The completely revised and expanded Hello U.S.A. series takes you on a tour of the history, geography, people, economy, and environment of 25 states and Puerto Rico (with 26 additional books to be released by September 2002). Colorful photos, easy-to-read text, and fascinating sidebars provide the facts you need for research, reports, or even a cross-country trip.-- Completely up-to-date text and statistics, including 2000 U.S. census figures-- New maps, charts, and graphs-- New lists of related books and websites-- Expanded places to visit section-- State wildlife, state song, and recipe


Lodging Directory

California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is the most populous U.S. state, home to one out of eight people who live in the U.S., with a ...

California Deals - Best Deals & Coupons in California , U ...
We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us.

State of California - California Home Page
Official site. Government page links to state laws, elected officials, agencies and departments, and sites for cities and counties in the state.

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Information and news about transportation in California. Includes highway conditions, maps, live traffic videos, links to regional weather reports, and construction ...

California Department of Insurance
Provides information for insurance consumers, insurers, agents and brokers, including advice, regulations, news, reports and online forms.


ADVANCED PRODUCT FINDER

    Don't see what you're looking for?

Editor's picks

  • Little, Brown and Company

    California: A Novel

    Book (Little, Brown and Company)
    List Price: $26.00


  • Cottonage

    Green Turtle - California Republic Design Hooded Sweatshirt(medium)

    Apparel (Cottonage)
    List Price: $35.99
    Price: $12.99
    You Save: $23.00 (64%)

    Deep front pocket
    Hood with drawcord
    Made of cotton/polyester blend that's thick (not bulky) for enjoying roomy comfort that allows adding layers underneath
    80%Cotton 20% Polyester Preshrunk
    A great souvenir gift from Southern California


  • California Baby

    California Baby Calendula Cream (4oz)

    Health and Beauty (California Baby)

    Rating (345 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    California Baby

    Don't use the new formulated cream

    0 1/5 Avid Reader - See all my reviews This review is from: California Baby Calendula Cream (4oz) (Baby Product) We have been using this cream since my daughter was born years ago. It worked great on her. But she started to complain burning last year whenever we put it on her. We didn't believe her at first because she was always difficult with lotion and soap. When she screamed in tears for 10 minutes, we started to suspect she somehow had developed allergy to the lotion. We washed the cream off her hands and put Kiss my face honey calendula on her instead. She stopped crying immediately. It never occurred to us that the cream was the culprit. Our another child continued using it until we saw blisters popping out in front of our eyes after one application. After reading reviews, we now know the cream has been reformulated. I can't believe we have been harming our kids for so long just because of our blind trust of California Baby 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 30, 2014

    REFORMULATED!!!!

    Reformulation on California Baby Calendula Cream Be Aware: In the old formulation, water and calendula were the first two ingredients -- the new formula Calendula is the 8TH INGREDIENT - water, caprylic capric triglyceride, cetyl alcohol, stearic acid, glycerin USP, cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate, canola oil and FINALLY Calendula! This formulation is much cheaper for the company and yet they still charge an avg. of $5 an ounce!! I'm pretty outraged -- if you use California Baby please let them know how you feel about this change in formulation and look to make sure the products YOU use haven't also been reformulated. ---- Please note that my son who has severe eczema used to have NO skin reaction to the old formula and now he has pain on application and redness in his skin for up to an hour after it's applied.I also want to note that it wasn't until my son started reacting to it that I even compared the labels --- no notification of reformulation on the new... 1/5 A. Redmer "SafeatHome" (Virginia Beach, VA) - See all my reviews, December 3, 2011

    OUCH! STAY AWAY FROM NEW FORMULA!

    0 1/5 glamourmom - See all my reviews This review is from: California Baby Calendula Cream, 2 oz (Health and Beauty) Stay away from the new formula (the new formula is in the new package with a sunface on the front towards the bottom). At first Cal Baby denied changing the formula, but recently they came out and admitted to reformulating. Sadly, this one time miracle-worker burns my family's skin leaving me looking for another brand. Stay away from this one parents! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 23, 2012
    List Price: $21.49
    Price: $19.42
    You Save: $2.07 (10%)
    Developed by a mother, California Baby has your child's best interest at heart
    California Baby


  • Lonely Planet

    Lonely Planet California's Best Trips (Travel Guide)

    Book (Lonely Planet)
    List Price: $22.99


  • California Republic Men's T-Shirt - (Bandana Bear) - Medium

    Apparel

    Rating (53 reviews):
    (4.5/5)

    Not worth it

    0 3/5 Tabitha Chizek - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California Republic Men's T-Shirt (Apparel) I thought this t-shirt would be awesome but it ended up feeling fake---the print on the shirt is stiff and feels cheap, and the shirt runs way too small. Would not recommend buying this even though the style is really neat. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 4, 2014

    5 Star

    0 5/5 NightCrawler - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California Republic Men's T-Shirt (Apparel) I received the shirt promptly. The designs look pretty cool and it fits well on my body. I wish I had order other styles because the price is so cheap. The quality of the shirt is also good. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 11, 2014

    ... worn this once and the grafice is cracking really bad and i had not even washed it

    0 2/5 Josh Stansberry - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California Republic Men's T-Shirt (Apparel) only worn this once and the grafice is cracking really bad and i had not even washed it 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 6, 2015
    List Price: $25.00
    Price: $8.00
    You Save: $17.00 (68%)
    best-selling souvenir-makes a great gift
    proudly made in USA
    good quality fabric with extraordinary colors
    quality, durability, comfortable
    high definition screenprint


  • California Baby

    California Baby Shampoo & Bodywash - Calendula - 8.5 oz

    Health and Beauty (California Baby)

    Rating (74 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    California Baby

    CHOOSE THE BEST FOR YOUR BABY/CHILD

    I didn't know much about baby products when I first had my son. My son had really bad eczma as an infant and I tried a huge variety of products- trying to find something that worked. I finally stumbled on California Baby's Calendula Cream (which I highly recommend getting as well!) which cleared up his eczema in just a day or two! I also use it for his diaper area, and have not had a diaper rash problem since. Then one day he started having a scalp problem, and I found the California Baby Calendula Shampoo & Bodywash. The problem went away immediately after starting to use the product! I now only buy California Baby products for my son. I use their creams, shampoos, lotions, and sunscreen. Please use only natural products on your child as well! Check to see a product's potential harm on cosmeticdatabase.com. I also use a lot of California Baby products on myself because it is not limited to only babies and children. I highly recommend this product and other California Baby... 5/5 Proud mom in WA - See all my reviews I didn't know much about baby products when I first had my son. My son had really bad eczma as an infant and I tried a huge variety of products- trying to find something that worked. I finally stumbled on California Baby's Calendula Cream (which I highly recommend getting as well!) which cleared up his eczema in just a day or two! I also use it for his diaper area, and have not had a diaper rash problem since. Then one day he started having a scalp problem, and I found the California Baby Calendula Shampoo & Bodywash. The problem went away immediately after starting to use the product! I now only buy California Baby products for my son. I use their creams, shampoos, lotions, and sunscreen. Please use only natural products on your child as well! Check to see a product's potential harm on cosmeticdatabase.com. I also use a lot of California Baby products on myself because it is not limited to only babies and children. I highly recommend this product and other California Baby... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 23, 2010

    Great for Whole Family!

    My husband, myself, and my six month old all use this as our daily shampoo, face wash (except the baby), and body wash. We all have very sensitive skin. None of us get irritated skin from any California Baby product.ProsI used to get occasional break outs, but not anymore. (I also use the Diaper Area Wash as a toner and the Super Sensitive Lotion as my moisturizer).It keeps our skin soft.My daughter no longer gets baby acne (diagnosed by her NP) on her scalp.ConsI don't much care for the smell, but it works so well that I don't let it bother me.Update:There are several things I forgot to mention about this product:-It DOES lather (as do their bubble baths and other shampoos)! Just make sure your child's hair (or yours) is completely wet all the way through, get your hands slightly damp, and lather IN YOUR HANDS before putting it on your child's (or your own) scalp. This works great for... 5/5 Morgannin "Eco-friendly mom" (Spokane, WA) - See all my reviews My husband, myself, and my six month old all use this as our daily shampoo, face wash (except the baby), and body wash. We all have very sensitive skin. None of us get irritated skin from any California Baby product.ProsI used to get occasional break outs, but not anymore. (I also use the Diaper Area Wash as a toner and the Super Sensitive Lotion as my moisturizer).It keeps our skin soft.My daughter no longer gets baby acne (diagnosed by her NP) on her scalp.ConsI don't much care for the smell, but it works so well that I don't let it bother me.Update:There are several things I forgot to mention about this product:-It DOES lather (as do their bubble baths and other shampoos)! Just make sure your child's hair (or yours) is completely wet all the way through, get your hands slightly damp, and lather IN YOUR HANDS before putting it on your child's (or your own) scalp. This works great for... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 12, 2012

    good for dry skin or eczema

    0 5/5 addisonsmom - See all my reviews Use this for my dd that has super dry skin & eczema. Doesn't dry out her sensitive skin! Not the best on her scalp for the cradle cap, but won't make it worse either. Definitely would try if you are looking for something for dry or sensitive skin. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 4, 2011
    List Price: $11.99
    Price: $7.12
    You Save: $4.87 (41%)
    Perfect balance of cleansing moisture and the kindest care
    Formulated with the mildest organic and natural plant-based cleansers
    Contains organic and sustainably grown vegan ingredients
    Leaves the skin feeling silky smooth and protected from drying out
    No synthetic fragrances. Scented with aromatherapy quality essential oils


  • Sterling

    Weird California: You Travel Guide to California's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

    Book (Sterling)

    Rating (49 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    Sterling

    Entertaining, but lacking important key info.

    0 3/5 Thomas M. Kensil (Huntington Beach, CA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Weird California (Hardcover) Photos, illustrations and stories are great. But I found the overall book lacking in one key area: Maps to show you where these places are located. Or even where some of the cities are located. Very fun book but but I felt I wanted more info. with greater detail. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 2, 2006

    Strange Days

    0 4/5 Billy Seitz "billy" (newport beach city, CA United States) - See all my reviews, July 28, 2006

    A VERY GOOD READ, BUT NOT MUCH NEW INFORMATION

    As a native Californian, with a long-time interest in the unusual, I welcomed the publication of this book with great enthusiasm. And for the naive, it will amuse indeed. But for a long time buff of the "weird and unusual," especially in my home state of California, I find very little information that hasn't been covered in previous works.Some chapters, like Personalized Properties, were even a waist of space for the most part. And living in Los Angeles, some of the omissions seemed large. For instance, what about the WOLF/DOG WOMAN OF WATTS, that frightened almost all of South Los Angeles for weeks, myself included as a young child, in the early 1960s? Paul Young's "L.A. Exposed" lightly touched upon it, but I would really like someone to do more research on that phenomenon. Or CHARMAN of Ventura County's Camp Comfort County Park. Scary stuff! What about the strange happenings in the Los Angeles Community of Tujunga, that have included UFO and Bigfoot sightings over the... 3/5 R. McRae (Saugus, CA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Weird California (Hardcover) As a native Californian, with a long-time interest in the unusual, I welcomed the publication of this book with great enthusiasm. And for the naive, it will amuse indeed. But for a long time buff of the "weird and unusual," especially in my home state of California, I find very little information that hasn't been covered in previous works.Some chapters, like Personalized Properties, were even a waist of space for the most part. And living in Los Angeles, some of the omissions seemed large. For instance, what about the WOLF/DOG WOMAN OF WATTS, that frightened almost all of South Los Angeles for weeks, myself included as a young child, in the early 1960s? Paul Young's "L.A. Exposed" lightly touched upon it, but I would really like someone to do more research on that phenomenon. Or CHARMAN of Ventura County's Camp Comfort County Park. Scary stuff! What about the strange happenings in the Los Angeles Community of Tujunga, that have included UFO and Bigfoot sightings over the... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 1, 2006
    List Price: $14.95


  • Weleda

    California Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash, 19 Ounce

    Health and Beauty (Weleda)
    List Price: $15.73

    Perfect balance of cleansing moisture and the kindest care
    Leaves the skin feeling silky smooth and protected from drying out
    Formulated with the mildest organic and natural plant-based cleansers


  • California Republic - Cali Bear Men's T-shirt Tee (Medium, BLACK)

    Apparel

    Fully Machine Washable
    Design is on Front of The Shirt As Pictured
    100% PreShrunk Cotton for a Cool Comfortable Fit


  • Totally Bamboo

    Totally Bamboo Cutting and Serving Board, California State

    Kitchen (Totally Bamboo)

    Rating (178 reviews):
    (4.7/5)
    Totally Bamboo

    Fun shape for quality board!

    0 5/5 LoLo - See all my reviews This review is from: Totally Bamboo Cutting and Serving Board, North Carolina State (Kitchen) I have a few standard boards from this company and I love them. Great quality and they last forever (you shold oil them occasionally though). I love the State shapes! I ordered California and was surprised at the size and functionality. I had planned on just giving it as a gift to be put out as decoration but you can do fun things with it. I got creative and put the board together with wine, cheese and nuts and brought it as a host gift. It was a total hit! She used it to serve the cheese and other appetizers The board itself look and feels really expensive and the shape is so fun. I would love to get more for Christmas gifts (mom, don't look) but Amazon seems to be out of stock on a lot of states. I think it would be really fun to create a theme gift basket around the State. Absolutely recommend. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 8, 2013

    Nicely made and a good hostess gift

    0 4/5 patricia nisler - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Totally Bamboo Cutting and Serving Board, Virginia State (Kitchen) Bamboo cutting boards are great, and in visiting a relative in VA, I used this as an appropriate hostess gift, stopping off at the supermarket to buy some nice cheeses first. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 18, 2014

    Great product!

    0 5/5 Laura - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Totally Bamboo Cutting and Serving Board, USA (Kitchen) It feels very well made and is really pretty! I got it for my Olympics party (USA themed of course) and it was great! Fit an America-sized portion of delicious cheese! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 13, 2014
    California shaped bamboo cutting and serving board, measures 14.25 x 11-inch
    State cutting boards are ideal for both indoor and outdoor entertaining; boards make a great gift for anyone loyal to their homeland
    Wash by hand with warm water; occasionally use Totally Bamboo's revitalizing oil to extend life and beauty of board
    Can be used as a cutting or bar board, cheese tray or simply a conversation piece; to hang on wall use rustic hanging loop
    Board made of Moso Bamboo, harvested at the optimum age of 5 years


Lodging


Gift Ideas

Vintage California Postcard

vintage, vintage postcar, california, california
Greetings from California Vintage Postcard.
Price: $$1.00

California poppy postcard

california poppy, hello, postcard, greetings,
This vintage image of California poppies, from an old seed packet, is a great way to send greetings from the "golden state."
Price: $$1.00

California Beaches Vintage Travel Tourism Postcard

california, southern, beach, beaches, bikini,
Visit glorious southern California beaches!
Price: $$1.00

Vintage California Postcard

vintage, vintage postcard, retro, united states,
Greetings from California Vintage Postcard.
Price: $$1.00

Certificates