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.
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.
While I alternated between sleeping in the car and running to the pit toilet, Esther completed one of the greatest day hikes in the United States.
To acclimatize for our upcoming Mt. Whitney attempt, we crossed the timberline on three training hikes of increasing altitude and elevation gain.
For the month of August 2016, we have found lodging in the mountain resort town of Mammoth Lakes, California.
For our next month-at-a-time adventure, Esther and I have selected three locations that exemplify the scenic bounty, recreational rewards, and cultural, historical, and scientific significance of the Golden State.