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Sierra Crossing: An Evening with Tom Stienstra

Date: 8/29/13 Time: 7:00–8:30pm Location: REI Berkeley, 1338 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702 Imagine walking in the footsteps of trailblazers and explorers across a pristine landscape that looks much as it did 5,000 years ago. The crossing of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range offers towering canyon rims, ancient virgin forests, pristine lakes and creeks, waterfalls and hot springs, wildlife for which you are a curiosity and not a threat, and some of the best wilderness trout fishing in America. Moon author Tom Stienstra will make a rare appearance to share his story of the 70-mile crossing from east to west, as the first pioneers would have seen it. The narrative, photography, and interaction will capture both the outdoors experience and the timeless feel in this epic landscape. Stienstra is the author of Moon California Camping and Moon Northern California Hiking. He is a two-time national Outdoors Writer of the...

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Elizabeth Linhart Veneman

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman has always viewed growing up in Northern California as both a blessing and curse. There is so much to see, do, and experience all within a short drive—from broad sequoias in the Sierras to ancient lava beds north of Mount Shasta, from creaky Gold Rush towns to the pampering Wine Country—that she began to wonder why anyone would ever leave.

Elizabeth was eventually lured out of the Golden State to Alaska’s far north, where she traveled the Inside Passage, baked bread under the midnight sun in Denali National Park, and chronicled the state’s burgeoning sustainable agriculture for Alaska Magazine. These adventures culminated in penning the travel guide InsightGuides: Alaska.

But Elizabeth knew her California roots were too deep to stay away for long. Raised in Carmel, where her great-great grandmother opened the first restaurant (a soup kitchen with dirt floors!) at the turn of the 20th century, she would always call California home. So she returned and devoted herself to writing about the state she loves most. Her work has included the travel guides SmartGuide: San Francisco and InsightGuides: San Francisco, as well as reporting on food and sustainable agriculture for local publications.

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman is the author of several Moon travel guides, including Moon California and Moon Napa & Sonoma.