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Which California Mission Reigns Supreme?

There are 21 Spanish-era Missions in California and each has it champions. Some people flock to San Juan Capistrano, returning time and again, just like the famed swallows. Others love San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, and who can blame them? Carmel was Junípero Serra’s favorite too. Still, others prefer the original, the 1769 Mission San Diego de Alcala, with its […]

Notes from Burning Man 2014

Rain, rich guys, and ruin—that was what Burning Man 2014 was all about. At least if you believed the Twitter and Reddit and other accounts about this year’s art/personal expression fiesta in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Take the rain. Monsoon rains poured down on Monday, the day when most people arrive at Black Rock City. The playa—aka the dry lake […]

The Perfect Autumn Getaway: Ashland, Oregon

Early autumn in Ashland may be the best time of year to visit the southern Oregon town: The leaves are turning, and this year, its legendary Shakespeare fest is as lively as ever. We sent writer Christopher Hall to check it out. Here are his picks for the five perfect components to an autumn Ashland visit. Play time During the first season of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival 80 years ago, […]

Bear With Us

For most of August, Yosemite National Park—heck, the whole Sierra range—was pummeled by the kind of thunderstorm, complete with hail, that I associate with summers back East.