We'd heard about the wonders of kayaking Elkhorn Slough, but when we stopped the wind was up, and visions of being trapped, upside down in ice-cold water, filled our claustrophobic brain. Luckily, the Kayak Connection at Moss Landing employs the soothing and expert Larry Wagner
, who explained everything about how to safely kayak the slough, where our 7-year-old companion swears he saw 32 sea otters. And when our car wouldn't start afterward, it was the soothing Larry who came out to the parking lot, gave us a jump, and sent us, expertly, on our way. J.M.
Of course we'd tune in to a PBS series called The Meaning of Food. And of course we'd enjoy it, because it's a buffet of short takes on food and life/family/culture. But to our surprise we've spent quite a bit of time on the excellent Web site, www.pbs.org/opb/meaningoffood/, because it has lots of interesting stories that didn't make it onto the show -- complete with recipes. M.B.