Southern California

Joshua Tree for the uninitiated

Reasons to make the nearby national park your next weekend adventure.

There are few things as graceless as someone begging for help with pure and unbridled fear in their eyes. Which about sums up my position at Indian Cove Campground during the waning hours of a ...

Catalina's calling

Your guide to a weekend – and world – away on island time.

Santa Catalina Island, one of the Channel Islands (but not included in the Channel Islands National Park), lies 22 miles off the southern California coast. Though it is privately owned by the Santa Catalina Island ...

Welcome to East Jesus, CA

Up the road from Salvation Mountain, miles from anywhere.

Overlooking the Salton Sea in the shadow of mature Ironwood trees rests a man still much loved. The former “mayor” of East Jesus, a fenced community of free-roaming, ever-rotating artists, musicians, scientists and builders located ...

Swashbucklin' to Catalina

Sailing to Two Harbors for the infamous Buccaneer Days festival.

The southern California waters from Mexico to Point Conception are generally safe and secure to navigate. But at the end of September, be on the lookout: buccaneers are known to frequent the waters off Catalina ...

Finding peace at Lake Shrine

Escape from L.A. stress in Pacific Palisades.

If you’re in L.A. and seek a respite from the traffic and stress, there's a place that just may restore – at least temporarily – a sense of tranquility to your being. The Self Realization ...

It has been considered a poor week for killing

Unforgettable outtakes: Southern California, back in the day

ALL THE NEWS THAT’S FIT TO PRINT. John Phoenix, San Diego Herald: “Very little news will be found in the San Diego Herald this week. The fact is there never is much news in it ...

Tour Del Mar

Scenic North County bike route features a few surprises along the way.

Like most San Diegans I'm familiar with the touristy parts of Del Mar (Del Mar Fairground/Racetrack and the beaches) – the scenic coastal village between Soledad Valley and the San Dieguito River – but didn't ...

Indiana Jones in Coachella Valley

Coachella's got a lot to offer besides its namesake music fest.

Horses in the desert? What?? The Coachella Valley already offers a ton of activities – from hiking to the infamous Coachella music fest to epic pool parties to camping locales like Joshua Tree. Growing up ...

Following the devil in Anza-Borrego

Close to home off-roading adventure.

Mud walls towered over us as we twisted and turned down the narrow canyon. Smoke trees scraped the truck where they leaned in over the rutted track, and a couple of times there was a ...

Must-see Joshua Tree

Camp, hike, climb or stargaze – the closest national park is 3 hours away.

During the winter months, there's nothing more accelerating for the spirit than peacefully camping out in a temperate desert like Joshua Tree National Park. Less than three hours away from downtown San Diego, the park ...

Late-season climb on Mount San Jacinto

Two hours from S.D., million-dollar views await.

The 360° vista from Mount San Jacinto's 10,834-foot summit is breathtaking: Southern California’s parched land hopscotches sprawling metropolis in every direction. Palm Springs spreads like a patchwork quilt in the east. Riverside and San Bernardino ...

A day with the Gipper: Reagan Presidential Library

Check out this one-of-a-kind museum under three hours from San Diego.

Air Force One is a lot cozier than I imagined. The comfortable leather chairs, soft blue carpeting and large jars of jelly beans remind me of my aunt’s living room. From the inside it’s almost ...

Day trip to Santa Ysabel

San Diego road-trippers (and gluten lovers) take note.

It’s the time of year when fellow motorcyclists back east and up north are storing their bikes for the winter. The fall rains and coming winter snows, accompanied by frigid temperatures, will leave them reading ...

How to see L.A. – or even Pluto

Griffith Observatory is worth the trip.

A couple hours north of San Diego is the Griffith Observatory, a must-see on a weekend getaway in La-la Land. You might remember the landmark from the film Rebel Without a Cause. That was James ...

De-stress in Borrego Springs

Visit for upcoming October fests, to stargaze, hike, camp - or just get away.

Stressed? “Take a big long deep breath in, and then slowly exhale out,” according to my yoga teacher. But for those of us who rush through life in a hyper-busy routine, there’s no time to ...

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