Out & About

Children of the corn maze

Halloween can be more than candy and costumes

The largest corn maze in Southern California is in Temecula. The Big Horse Corn Maze (951-389-4621) covers a whopping 11 acres and takes one to two hours to navigate at an easy pace (45 minutes ...

Tasmanian devil

The surf at Pedra Branca has taken 22 lives

My first thought upon seeing the images of the wave at Pedra Branca (“White Rock” in Portuguese) was of a Hollywood tsunami. It had to be a certain death for any human other than Snake ...

German Currents Film Festival returns on October 22

Scott Marks hosts post-show Q&A with director Wolfgang Becker

The sixth annual German Currents Film Festival returns to Balboa Park this weekend, and with it comes the usual fine array of five films you’re not likely to find anywhere else in town. The call ...

Chinese flame trees in bloom under a fully lit moon

An excellent time for tidepooling

Chinese Flame Trees all over the San Diego region are displaying colorful dusters of orange, reddish, or salmon-pink seed pods. Good specimens line the south end of Balboa Drive in Balboa Park, and Lake Murray ...

Shopping carts, bottles and cans, fish line, and netting

Clean up the bay with Power Scuba

My friend Joe and I used to have a running bet on the number of bass caught that morphed into who found and hauled the most trash from the water. Down between the riprap rocks ...

Taxi Driver is on the big screen October 16 and 19

And the Ken launches another stellar week of revivals

Listen, you screwheads, here’s a film that still can take it...a theatrical revival over 40 years after its initial release...a film that stood up...to the test of time...here is Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. Nothing before ...

What would Cousteau think?

Undersea Film Exposition to screen some 30 films

The self-contained underwater breathing apparatus became available to the public in the mid-1950s. But not until it was pitched and sold to over 100 syndicated markets was the popular show Sea Hunt picked up by ...

Bug season

Get your spiny lobster limit starting October 1

This October first, a lot of divers and boaters will enter the ocean in the dark during the first hours of the month with one thing in mind: lobster. When you hear “lobster,” most think ...

Birds on the brain, in the sky, and, thirdly, up close

Where to see your fine-feathered friends

My ten-year-old has birds on the brain ever since she got a pet parakeet, and she’s eager to see some that don’t live in cages. Natalie at Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary in Del Mar ...

It’s tough to spot a drunk boater

Certification course covers boating law and navigation, to specifics on hunting, skiing, and fishing.

California’s waters can get crowded. Just ask any sportfishing captain chasing yellowfin these days. The sportfishing fleet electronics and chumming only inspires private boaters to shadow them. A few of the sportfishers have been known ...

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