About the Author
BETH KOHN is a lucky long-time resident of San Francisco, Beth lives to play outside or splash in big puddles of water. For this guide she biked the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe byways, crossed off her first California 14er, dodged pesky statewide wildfires and selflessly soaked in hot springs - for research purposes, of course. Beth is an author of Lonely Planet's Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and USA guides; you can see more of her work at www.bethkohn.com. ALEX LEVITON grew up on a peninsula in Southern California and escaped to the coastal redwood oasis of Humboldt County for university. She got her degree in the lucrative field of Religion and Eastern Philosophy, and worked as a sign language teacher and camp counselor for Deaf children, squeezing in a good amount of travelling and Grateful Dead concerts. She got her start in publishing at an alternative science (read: conspiracy theory) magazine, where she edited articles such as how NASA faked the moon landing. This experience led her to leave the country. Repeatedly. She started out by hitchhiking around New Zealand, living and dancing in Guatemala, and leading a solar dehydrator gardening project on the Hoopa Indian Reservation. She returned to 'normal' life for a few years, working as a writer for corporations, but the call of the open road led her to take off again, this time waitressing and belly dancing on a boat in Turkey, hitching a ride through Croatia and Bosnia with two grad students, accidentally running into a war and the Nairobi US Embassy bombing in Africa, and returning several times to her new love: Italy. In 2002, Alex received her master's degree in journalism from UC Berkeley and spent the next four years in Durham, North Carolina, where she bought a loft in an old tobacco warehouse and taught her cat, Romeo, to skateboard. Her obscure interests -- public transportation, religious expression, language, large bodies of water, sustainable travel, the outdoors, meeting gabillions of diverse people, architecture, social psychology and pasta -- left her no choice but to write guidebooks, which she's been doing since 2002.
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