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Biking Highway 2

Biking Highway 2

Given the heat plus all the smoke in the air I haven't felt much inclination to hike, but I have been driving my bike up to Highway 2 and doing sections of the road in the (more)

Once More, Into the Woods

Once More, Into the Woods

Life, it seems, has its own agenda. I had hoped for some quiet time, to help me and my family recover from the calamities of the past year. But alas, incredibly, we are once (more)

Telegraph Peak

Telegraph Peak

In the modern era, this is one of my photos that has long puzzled me. This is Telegraph Peak, shot from near the top of Mt. Baldy's ski resort's Thunder Mountain, taken May (more)

At Least We Have The Beach

At Least We Have The Beach

I am sorry—I just can't bring myself to write about the California wildfires. If you want quality coverage, there is of course the LA Times, but also (more)

A Blue, Blue Christmas

A Blue, Blue Christmas

If you can't be in Mammoth today, I guess Los Angeles isn't too shabby right now either. :) A very Merry Christmas to you and yours—and a Happy (and snowy) New (more)

San Francisco

San Francisco

How bad is California's drought? San Francisco Bay is now a wide, grassy plain, completely devoid of water. Desperate locals seeking affordable housing have already begun (more)

Merry Christmas 2013!

Merry Christmas 2013!

No snow for us this year, so we went for the traditional and festive Southern California bike ride. At least we've got the beach! :) Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you (more)

Laying Down the Laws (Museum)

Laying Down the Laws (Museum)

Every time I drive through Bishop I'm always curious about the Laws Railroad Museum, which is nearby on Highway 6. Traveling with my (more)

Santa Monica Pier 100th & Fireworks

Santa Monica Pier 100th & Fireworks

Santa Monica Pier celebrates its 100th anniversary tomorrow, September 9, 2009. The day will be packed with events, climaxing in a grand finale fireworks show at 8:50 p.m. (more)

Interlude: the Beach

Interlude: the Beach

Seven days ago I watched the sun set from Mount San Antonio's west summit. Tonight, a much lower (and warmer!) perch: Santa Monica Beach, looking out toward the pier. With a (more)

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