Published on February 3rd, 2011 | by Ann Rickard


Flash and Brash With Fries On The Side

Get ready for another bumpy ride with Ann and Geoffrey as they take off in their rental car to tour California from one end to the other.  Beginning in San Francisco where Ann finds herself the star in a piano bar, the book takes you to the north of California where the redwoods are so tall they cloud the sky.Cover - Flash and brash

Ann and Geoffrey make their cautious way through the redwood forests watching out for mountain lions and bears lurking behind every tree (or so Ann says…you know how she´s prone to a little bit of exaggeration.)

Up the winding Pacific Coast they go, stopping at beautiful towns on the way, enjoying the breathtaking scenery and drinking and eating their usual excessive amounts.  From Sonoma to Napa Valley they drink (there is no wine left in the Napa Valley, so don´t bother going) and then it´s on to cowboy country where they fit in with the locals and go looking for gold.

Into Yosemite National park they travel and find themselves going around and around on the bus with 4 million other tourists visiting the park that day.

Typically, Ann sees all the quirky happenings in the National Park in between looking out for more hungry bears and mountain lions.  Geoffrey, in the meantime, has an encounter with a rattlesnake which makes Ann so nervous she has to reach for her handy gin bottle.

Down to the glamorous spots next, Malibu, Laguna Beach, Los Angeles, Carmel, Pebble Beach, Monterey….with Ann looking for Hollywood stars and Geoffrey leading her away form the expensive shops but always at the ready with the wine opener.   A detour to Las Vegas tops off the adventure…you are going to love visiting the Liberace museum with Ann and Geoffrey.

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About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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