One of my good friends, Jules Older, is in the midst of re-inventing himself. He has never been one to be shy and has always been able to figure out how to make money freelancing at something that has led his wife and him to some grand adventures.

Here is a collection of Jules and Effin Older’s quirky videos, all with a travel bent. Naturally, he is traveling around the same neck of the woods where he lives, so these spots are all in the San Francisco area, more or less.

He visits Hearst Castle, takes a look at a secret local language and visits the world’s smallest gallery.

San Simeon: Mr. Hearst’s Cabin

Jules and Effin take us on a two-minute trip through one of America’s most famous castles, Hearst Castle in California. This is a mansion on the Central Coast of California. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

Designed by architect Julia Morgan for William Randolph Hearst—a newspaper magnate from 1919 until 1947, the estate was eventually donated to the state of California in the late 50s. It’s original name was “La Cuseta Encantada” (“The Enchanted Hill”), but is sometimes referred to as “the ranch” or “the cabin.” It attracts around a million visitors a year.


Boontling in Boonville, California? Uh, yeah. While linguistically and anthropologically, it’s virtually impossible, the tiny town of Boonville, California has its own language. Welcome to Boontling. Here’s your first harkin session.

I find this no-so-secret (at least to the locals) dialect amazing. I’ve heard about dialects in Europe were neighbors couldn’t understand other neighbors from across the street, but this is one of the first times I have heard about the same phenomenon in the U.S.

World’s smallest art gallery

Jules and Effin take us to what may be the world’s smallest art gallery in downtown San Francisco. Coron Gallery is a walk-through gallery and unique in San Francisco.