california

Living in California means I’ve seen my fair share of beaches, and spectacularly beautiful ones at that, from the dramatic coves down the hill from my house to the Central California coastline that includes Big Sur. So I don’t say it lightly when I profess that Salt Point, a serene stretch of coastline in Northern […]

October 8 2014      9 comments     Linda Ly
Viajes

One of my favorite films of all time is Sean Penn’s “Into The Wild,” a true story based on the Jon Krakauer novel (of the same name) about a young vagrant named Christopher McCandless. In the middle of his soul-searching journey, Christopher stopped at Salvation Mountain and Slab City, two famously eclectic landmarks in the […]

October 2 2014      13 comments     Linda Ly
Viajes

The Salton Sea, one of the world’s largest inland seas and lowest points on earth, exists entirely by accident. Situated in the Sonoran Desert (the hottest desert in North America) and occupying the Salton Sink (a valley below sea level that has no outlet), the Salton Sea was created in 1905 through an engineering mishap […]

September 30 2014      17 comments     Linda Ly
Viajes

When Will and I volunteered for California State Parks Foundation a week ago, we knew that we wanted to end the weekend (or more accurately, start the week) with a summit of Mount San Jacinto, the highest peak of the San Jacinto Mountains and sixth most topographically prominent peak of the lower 48. Mount San […]

August 25 2014      9 comments     Linda Ly
Aventuras

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to volunteer for a very special project with the California State Parks Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the California State Parks system through fundraising, legislative advocacy, and volunteer work days at understaffed parks. My husband Will currently leads the work days at our “home” park, Rio de Los Angeles, […]

August 22 2014      15 comments     Linda Ly
Aventuras   Diversión

I’m often fascinated by the stretch of highway halfway between Los Angeles and Mammoth Lakes Basin. Going north, it starts as a nondescript drive through miles of arid desert before the majestic peaks of the Eastern Sierra Nevada come into view. And it’s here, on a random turn-off from the highway, where one of the […]

July 30 2014      6 comments     Linda Ly
Viajes

Why am I starting off a story about backpacking with a nearly nude picture of myself? Because when you’re in the middle of the wild with no one else around, skinny dipping in an alpine lake is something you have to check off the list at least once, if not every time. It is, quite […]

July 20 2014      16 comments     Linda Ly
Aventuras