Jul 072011
 
Weekend Wilderness: Escape to Horseshoe Meadow

Sometimes the inertia of getting out of the city is too much to overcome – especially when we’re talking about a long holiday weekend like the Fourth of July.  My three main barriers to outdoor enjoyment seem to be logistics, the heat, and the crowds that commute en masse from the Los Angeles area to […]

Nov 302010
 
The Dinosaur Hunters: Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah

My brother Andrew insisted that he had discovered a dinosaur bone, and I wasn’t buying it.  Granted, we were standing on the crumbly slope of Dinosaur Hill, where an almost-complete skeleton of Apatosaurus (colloquially but incorrectly known by the name Brontosaurus) was discovered in 1901.  But Dinosaur Hill was a well frequented stop on the “Dinosaur Diamond“, a […]

Oct 222010
 
Bringing the Outside In

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco It’s been raining a lot lately.  This is good for our reservoirs, but not good for my weekend plans. All this time spent indoors, reading good books and drinking hot tea, reminds me of the winters that I spent in New York City.  Without the means or the time […]

Oct 052010
 
Happiness Found at 8,000 Feet: a Birthday Party on Mount San Antonio

By now, you may have already heard about the research that shows that spending money on experiences is more conducive to happiness than spending money on “stuff”.  My friend Pietro understands this concept well.  Last year, he organized a birthday party for a group of family and friends at the San Antonio Ski Hut on […]

Sep 222010
 
The Great Sierra Circuit Part III: Shooting it up (with camera) in the Alabama Hills

This is part three of my description of the ultimate Sierra road trip, which originated in Los Angeles, visited the giant Sequoias, traversed the breadth of Yosemite National Park, and ended with a tour of the east side of the Sierra Mountains.  (See my posts covering Day 1 and Day 2 of the road trip.) Day […]

Sep 092010
 
The Great Sierra Circuit Part II: Yosemite Valley to Mono Lake

First Glimpse In my previous post, I described the itinerary for day 1 of the Great Sierra Circuit.  In a nutshell, we grabbed snacks for the road from our local Los Angeles farmer’s market and hiked at the uncrowded Sequoia gem called Nelder Grove. On the second day of our Sierra road trip, we headed […]

Aug 132010
 
The Great Sierra Circuit Part I: the ultimate SoCal road trip

Shadow of the Giants, Nelder Grove.  Photo by T. Kornylak Lately, I’ve been obsessed with planning the perfect road trip from Los Angeles.  I’m talking about a road trip for every occasion – for when your parents come out to see what living in California is all about; for when your old college roommate decides […]

Nov 152009
 
Brush with a Tsunami (Tonga)

BEFORE: AFTER: Thanks to Claire Stucklen for these iPhone photos! She’s a fabulous masseuse, who was visiting Sandy Beach from the Four Seasons Resort Wailea, Hawaii. On the 29th of September, around 6:50 in the morning, I was out early on the beach hunting for shells.  I didn’t even notice the mild shaking, which others […]

Oct 262009
 
Advice for Prospective Whale Swimmers

So if I’ve convinced you to book your next trip to Tonga, congratulations!  It’s surprisingly easy to research and book online, and yes, they will eventually return your emails.  Just give them a few days. Here I’ve put together some advice for prospective swimmers: [Click on title for full story]Every day out on the water […]