california

In the 13 years I’ve lived in Los Angeles, I’ve hiked all over the Santa Monicas, San Gabriels, and San Bernardinos, but I’ve rarely hiked within city limits. And it’s not that we Angelenos lack the open space. With over 4,000 acres of rugged terrain as well as landscaped parkland in the heart of the […]

January 5 2015      9 comments     Linda Ly
Aventuras

Sunshine. Fresh air. A hilly hike. All good things on Christmas Day, and the perfect elixir for the holidaze (especially after entertaining all night on Christmas Eve!). I live on a little-known peninsula of Los Angeles that’s about as far removed from Los Angeles as one could be, both geographically and figuratively. No freeways, no […]

December 27 2014      22 comments     Linda Ly
Aventuras

Say the words “Christmas tree” and you’re probably picturing stately conifers like fir, pine, spruce, and cedar, or even the less common cypress. You might be familiar with Scotch pine, Virginia pine, and Eastern white pine, and you’ve likely never heard of Monterey pine. In fact, it doesn’t even make the list of popular Christmas […]

December 10 2014      14 comments     Linda Ly
Árboles

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      18 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