Wanderlust

The landscapes of the West that take our breath away are around every corner.


Carlsbad Confidential: The Bats

Every fall, thousands of visitors pour into Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. And, every autumn night, thousands of bats pour out. I sat down with Dr. Ken Geluso, biologist and author of Bats of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, to get the low-down on these high-flyers.

Hiking Hack: How Duct Tape Saved My Sole(s)

Those who know me, know that I am thrifty. I still rock t-shirts from college, shorts from high school, and sunglasses from the 1980s. (No, they’re not vintage. They’re just old.) But I really outdo myself in the shoe department. From sneakers to slippers, high heels to high tops, I wear my shoes until they fall apart. Before last weekend, […]

Your New Favorite Wine-Country Town: Saratoga, CA

When you think of Northern California wine country, Napa and Sonoma likely spring to mind—but Silicon Valley? Probably not. The tech industry there gets plenty of attention, but its wineries deserve just as much buzz (not to mention the Michelin-starred dining, gorgeous hiking trails, and tranquil Japanese gardens).

San Diego’s Coolest New Addition

It’s tiny in size—just 225 square feet—but San Diego’s first parklet made a big impact when it opened in 2013. The mixed-use space, designed by local architect Christopher Bittner, helped to center the city’s focus on North Park, an eclectic neighborhood that’s now a hotbed of independently owned boutiques, restaurants, and breweries. The parklet sits at North Park’s heart, near […]