more about: California

Who Says Thanksgiving Traditions Have to Involve Food?

                Or, at least, eating food. A group of us cyclists in San Francisco like to mark the holiday in a combined athletic/artistic way using a newish genre called Stravart. (It’s named for the San Francisco-based website Strava, which lets you track your rides or runs by GPS.)

Where to Find the Prettiest Sunsets in SoCal: Ojai

Taking in the sunset over the Topa Topa Mountains, from Meditation Mount. Photography by Lisa Corson. Ojai’s legendary “pink moment,” when the setting sun casts a scarlet glow across the Topa Topa Mountains (pictured above), is pretty enough to plan a weekend getaway around. We sent writer Jess Chamberlain to this Ventura County village—80 miles northwest of L.A.—to explore. Here below, […]

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same…

Exhibit 1,865 (or so): The just-published coffee-table book Mark Twain’s America, by Harry Katz and illustrated with a multitude of images from the Library of Congress. Sounds dusty, dry, and historical, right? Hardly!

Drought-Stressed Crops May Be Better For You

Another day, another angle on our drought. Today’s thought-provoker comes from KQED’s coverage of experiments in California’s dry Central Valley to farm crops with far less water. Among the findings? Stressed pomegranates grow smaller, but with more antioxidants than those grown with ample irrigation.