For all its charm and excellence, the American Riviera has taken an environmental pounding from the prized and prolific reserves of crude oil lying in wait beneath its bright and vibrant surface.
Out of the rubble of the 1925 earthquake, Santa Barbara became a showcase for design and construction in the Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style.
Whether it’s the first-rate wines, mild Mediterranean climate, or azure seas lapping onto its alluring downtown beaches, the Santa Barbara coast does bear an uncanny resemblance to its more illustrious French cousin.
We left Monterey, drove down the coast, and moved to Santa Barbara for the month of October.
Imagine the Grand Canyon a mile beneath the ocean, where pinnipeds, cetaceans and other marine mammals reign.
As a wee lad, I had the very good fortune to learn the game of golf. By playing golf, I realized the importance of honesty, courtesy, and several other core values that shaped my life and personality.
“His mind had no horizons. He was interested in everything.”
After a prodigious writing career, including a Nobel Prize for Literature, Pulitzer Prize Fiction Award, and United States Medal of Freedom, John Steinbeck remained true to his roots, planted deep within the fertile soil of the Salinas Valley.
From its fabled golf links to its profuse marine life, Monterey, California has inspired artists, athletes, scientists, and even a Nobel Prize winning author.
Recent volcanic activity makes Mammoth Lakes a fascinating festival of fun.