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Joyrides Around San Diego: From the Sea, to the Mountains, to the Desert, Your Guide To Finding New Journeys Paperback – October 27, 2016
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- "You have all the knowledge of all the hidden gems around the county." -- Renee Cohn, San Diego 6
- "Whether you are a parent with kids to distract, a host with guests to entertain or a multi-tasker who just needs to get out of holly-jolly hell, Brandais' book has a road map for you.Ladies and gentlemen of stressed-out San Diego, time to start your escape engines." -- Karla Peterson, San Diego Union-Tribune
- "...With fuel costs, climate-change concerns and overbooked schedules, American society seems to have put the Sunday drive up on concrete blocks. Jack Brandais wants to revive it. He's written another book in his Joyride Guru series." -- Ken Stone, Times of San Diego
- "Not sure where to go for your next Sunday drive? Jack Brandais has some ideas. He's a columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune who has been writing for years about the kids of back roads that bring smiles to the faces of enthusiasts." -- Paul Zieke, Westways Magazine, Automobile Club of Southern California
- "I think this is a fantastic idea. So you're out with the family, oryoujust want to try something for one day on theweekend, you candownloadone of your drives and it tells you all aboutwhere to go andwhat todo." -- Megan Tevrizian, NBC 7 San Diego
- "These are some places that a lot of people may not know about, even if you've lived in the county for years." -- Greg Bledsoe, NBC 7 San Diego
- "You know how to explore what's going on around here in San DiegoCounty.This is like the old days when you used to pack the family up,getthestation wagon and go for a day trip someplace, maybe buy the kidssomeice cream or Kool Aid or something." -- Paul Bloom, Fox 5 San Diego
- "You really give us a history, all these nuggets of information on these different stops all throughout San Diego County. ... I love this idea, Jack. My husband and I being new to San Diego, we love to take drives. We drove through Del Mar yesterday; this is right up our alley." -- Elizabeth Alvarez, KUSI-TV
- "Congratulations on 15 years, Jack. And for keeping it safe and sane for our readers on your drive routes." -- Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune
- "He covers all regions of San Diego, and goes into beautiful detail about the ride itself, the turns of the road, the views from the car window. They're for driving enthusiasts with some time to spare." -- San Diego Jewish Journal
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... only Jack Brandais knows!
For the majority of people, San Diego can be defined by the "high points": Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, the waterfront, the beaches. The farthest afield most people get is the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the northern part of the county. I'm not just talking about tourists - many San Diego residents probably don't go much beyond the perimeter defined by their home, their work, and their favorite activity, and the network of freeways that connect them.
Author Jack Brandais is a native San Diegan, and he has made it his particular mission to find, and to chronicle, those spaces in between the high points. The counties of Southern California are among the largest in the United States, and San Diego County is no exception; there are lots of places in-between. For those of us who were born and raised there, those places, and the narrow roads that take you there, are an indelible part of San Diego history.
"Joyrides Around San Diego" is a compilation of Jack's Kindle driving guides covering San Diego County from the Pacific Ocean to the Borrego desert. Now, I don't have a GPS in my car, and I still use paper maps, but the Kindle version has certain advantages. There are live links to take you to websites with background information, color pictures ... it's interactive.
On the other hand, the new "hard copy" version has all 10 San Diego Joyrides in one convenient package. You can browse it at your leisure and pick out a destination for the day, or plan a weekend getaway. You can leave it in your glove box and it never needs batteries. And if you want to see that background info, Jack has put the links on his Joyride Guru website for your convenience.
Either way, you get driving directions, handy maps, a list of sights to see, and a bit of history to boot. If you're new to San Diego and really want to see San Diego County, this is the place to start. If you're an old-timer like me, this is a great opportunity for a trip down memory lane, literally.
[As of this writing, one of the drives, "Spectacular Sunrise", has not yet been released on the Kindle, so you get a sneak peek with the print version. It is coming soon to a Kindle near you.]