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Rave Run: Big Sur, California
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By Kevin Steele; Runners World
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In His Footsteps

By On August 28, 2014

My father was an avid runner for most of his life. During his lifetime our Venn diagram of activities never quite overlapped, as I avoided running regardless of incentive or threat. Alone… Read More

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A Problem vs. a Predicament: A Proposal to Un-Design the World

By On May 14, 2014

Yesterday I found myself in a long debate/discussion at our back doorstep with a developer who plans to raze an older duplex next door to shoehorn in five luxury priced condos into… Read More

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The Deadly Flower That Inspired the
True Detective Theme Song

By On March 30, 2014

What are those beautiful white flowers growing around the trails of Southern California? If you’ve been hiking in the foothills, chaparrals, or even just around Griffith Park this spring, you’ve probably noted… Read More

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The North Face White Label Collection Korea

By On March 27, 2014

As anyone who hikes regularly here in Southern California and elsewhere knows: Koreans love to hike. Middle-aged Koreans are often seen offloading from giant chartered busses in multitudes normally reserved for Sunday… Read More

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A Fold In Space and Time: Red Rock Canyon State Park

By On March 23, 2014

“Want to be a writer? A poet? A painter? Want to indulge in any of the fine arts? If so, go to Red Rock canyon.” – Bakersfield Californian/1920 Motivated by the previous… Read More

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The Wildflowers of Saddleback Butte State Park

By On March 15, 2014

I have Zach Behrens of KCET to thank for the heads up about the floral carpet bombing of yellow coreopsis blooming at Saddleback Butte State Park right now. It’s as if a… Read More

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The Gabrieleno Trail – Red Box to Valley Forge Camp

By On February 9, 2014

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A 24-Hour Roadtrip: To the Ends of Earth and Back

By On April 22, 2013

Some believe you need to plan and prepare for a vacation. I’m of the belief adventure awaits as soon as you’ve decided to set sail…or in our case, set out for a… Read More

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Thar Be Russians In Dem Hills

By On December 18, 2011

We had just emerged from a guarded location in the Santa Monica Mountains, our hands covered in mud, hair decorated with foliage like dryads, and our faces beaming with the pride knowing… Read More

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Hiking Mount Hillyer: Sun, Snow and Summits

By On November 28, 2011

I was drawn to hike Mount Hillyer after reading the following description: “The Chilao-Horse Flats country is a gentle region of rounded ridgetops, shallow draws, and small flats set deep in the… Read More