Adventure in Joshua Tree

A few weeks ago I decided to finally do something I had been promising myself to do for nearly two years: take a trip to Joshua Tree National Park. I have seen much of California’s wilderness, yet until recently I was still unfamiliar with the high deserts that occupy so much of the inland terrain […]

Mountains are Calling

In 1873, John Muir wrote in a letter to his sister, “The mountains are calling and I must go.” And I hear the same call. A faint whisper in the ear, reminding me of the cold alpine breeze. Like a drug, time spent in the mountains only leads to a deeper desire, a stronger yearning. […]

Hetch Hetchy Valley: A Temple of Mountains

John Muir, the famous naturalist, called Hetch Hetchy Valley, “One of Nature’s rarest and most precious mountain temples.” The surrounding backcountry provides stunning vistas of soaring domes, mountain lakes, and clear cool torrents.

Son Jarocho in Ventura County

When he moved from Mexico to southern California in 1997, Jorge Mijangos never thought he would be spending his days teaching music to children. Now, however, he realizes that there are few things he would rather be doing.

Tragedy in Isla Vista

The Isla Vista shootings that left seven people dead and 13 wounded shook the UCSB campus to its core, and the community rallied together for strength and support in the face of tragedy.