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Bucket Lists, Craft Beer, San Andreas Fault

Travel expert Patricia Schultz, filmmaker Jeff Smith, and tour operator Bob Schneider join the California Now podcast

This episode of California Now features veteran travel writer Patricia Schultz, who talks about bucket list travel and then offers up some Golden State destinations that travelers should consider. Her first recommendation may come as a surprise to some: She proposes a road trip along the California Missions Trail and says it’s a great way to experience California’s history and architecture as well as its diverse landscapes.

Documentary filmmaker Jeff Smith also talks about road trips but his is organized around some of his favorite craft breweries in the state. Starting in San Diego and working north, he builds out a detailed itinerary that will no doubt appeal to lager lovers everywhere. Lastly, Bob Schneider from Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours discusses his company’s San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour, an award-winning experience that transports visitors into a world of geological marvels in Greater Palm Springs.


Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die

Jeff Smith, writer/director of Craft: The California Beer Documentary

Bob Schneider, owner of Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours


Travel writer Patricia Schultz highlights some California destinations that belong on your bucket list

The California Missions Trail

Napa Valley Wine Country

Sonoma County Wine Country

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

The Slanted Door

Highway 1 north of San Francisco

Filmmaker Jeff Smith builds an itinerary for the ultimate craft beer road trip, starting in San Diego

San Diego County’s craft beer culture

Stone Brewing

The Hops Highway

Pizza Port

Bottle Logic Brewing

Beachwood BBQ

Track 7 Brewing


Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Russian River Brewing Company

Anchor Brewing

21st Amendment Brewery

Brew Hop Tours

On Tap Beer Tours 

Bob Schneider gives us the inside scoop on his company’s San Andreas Fault tour

San Andreas Fault

Desert Ecology

Mount San Jacinto

Mount San Gorgonio

Palm oases

Stargazing in the desert

Greater Palm Springs


About the Host

Soterios Johnson, formerly the local host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on radio station WNYC, moved from New York City to Davis, Calif., in 2016 and is just getting to know his surroundings. By combining his journalistic instincts with his personal curiosity, Johnson will use the California Now platform to develop a deeper understanding of his ad