By Meade Fischer in his own words

I was working as a teacher, giving me summers off to explore. For many years, I wandered the West Coast, hiking, kayaking, surfing and exploring remote places. People would ask about certain places for which I could provide insider information. This ultimately led to writing With the Sea Beside Me: An Intimate guide to California’s Central and North Coasts.

In this updated edition, imagine being an adventure traveler setting out to explore the California coast. Then envision climbing in beside someone with intimate, local knowledge of the coast and all its opportunities for outdoor exploration and enjoyment. A new world will open before you.

With the Sea Beside Me is a guide book, a running narrative and a collection of travel literature vignettes; a book that can be read for entertainment before departing and then referred to along the road. From Santa Barbara to the Oregon border, I point out great places to camp, outstanding hikes, kayaking and surfing spots, brew pubs, restaurants, lodging, interesting back roads, and some of the fascinating people I have met. The road stories give the reader a sense of the places and the people, making each area feel familiar before arriving.

Fischer brings more than a quarter century of adventure travel to the traveler in this entertaining and informative road trip, featuring almost 200 photos and 17 maps. This is a section of coast the author loves and has traveled more times than he can remember, and he hopes to instill this love in his readers.

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