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June 28, 2013 | By Trishna Patel
What fun is a California road trip without some shenanigans? This shot was taken a few miles north of San Simeon State Park by Skylar Aud. "Is this the greatest state or what?" the photographer writes. Sure, it's a bold statement, but I'd have to agree. Follow Trishna Patel on  Twitter. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  for more on this photo series.
April 27, 2014 | By Jen Leo
If Mom and Dad refuse to give you money for your travels, this website offers hope. Name: What it does: Helps travelers crowd fund their global adventures. Cost: Varies depending on whether you have a fixed or flexible funding campaign. There's also a PayPal fee (the method used to collect donations). What's hot: I love that many of the trips are purpose-driven. Your "funding campaign" is placed in a category such as "Charity and Volunteering," "Education and Research," "Music and Arts," "Meaningful" and more.
April 4, 2010
An intrepid youngster and his canine companion explore a madcap, mystical landscape in the new series "Adventure Time With Finn & Jake." It looks like something you'd see on Adult Swim, but, you know, for kids. (Cartoon Network, 8 p.m. Mon.)
April 20, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
Kauai's Na Pali Coast is too rugged for roads, but it can be admired by land, sea and air. For some travelers, it is the most compelling part of the North Shore. Land options: The Kalalau Trail begins in Haena State Park, next to Kee Beach, at the end of Kuhio Highway. It's 11 miles each way, muddy and steep. The path, full of rocks and wayward roots, climbs slopes, dips to the beach and crosses five valleys. If you want to hike six or more miles of it, you'll need enough food and gear to camp at least one night, perhaps two or three.
March 8, 2010
Animated feature 'Up' Pete Docter Following wins for "Wall-E" last year and "Ratatouille" in 2008, Pixar scored its third consecutive Oscar in this category for "Up," a colorful fantasy adventure about a widowed curmudgeon (voiced by Ed Asner) and a young Wilderness Explorer (Jordan Nagai) who embark on an airborne voyage to South America with the help of 20,622 helium balloons. "Boy, never did I dream that making a flip book out of my third-grade math book would lead to this," said director and co-screenwriter Pete Docter, who accepted the award.
November 13, 2012 | By Charles Fleming
Aprilia is going after the adventure bike market - hard - with its powerful, newly designed Caponard 1200. Having captured the hearts of track racers and cycle reviewers with its high end MotoGP-styled superbike RSV4, the Italian bike manufacturer is trying to increase American market share by going after a more casual class of rider. The Caponard is clearly meant to challenge the dominance of the BMW GS-series and Ducati Multistrada machines. The Caponard -- a dramatic upgrade from the mid-2000s Caponard 1000 and a grown-up cousin to the company's Mana 850GT -- offers a V-twin 128-HP power plant (from the same base as Aprilia's Dorsoduro 1200, using the company's now-standard electronic throttle Ride-By-Wire system)
December 29, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
Two friends and I just returned from an amazing 14-day tour of Morocco. It was a pleasure to leave details to knowledgeable, in-country experts and brothers Hamid and Youssef of Morocco Expert Tours. Although the value of a wonderful adventure is immeasurable, I saw a similar itinerary this month for group travel at several thousand dollars more than the $2,400 we paid for our trip. Morocco Expert Tours also does day trips and custom itineraries. Morocco Expert Tours; Fusako Takeda Fountain Valley
September 27, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
There are just too few down-and-dirty action-adventure films in the mold of "Solomon Kane" these days, assuming, that is, that bloody beheadings and demonic battles are your thing. Written and directed by Michael J. Bassett, the film sees the title character - a creation of Robert E. Howard, the man responsible for Conan the Barbarian and Red Sonja - plunder his way across Africa and Europe while fighting to hold on to his soul against forces of evil. Actor James Purefoy wisely underplays Kane's inner torment - anyone who made it through Nicolas Cage's "Season of the Witch" will particularly appreciate that choice.
February 15, 2001
I live in the mountains above Los Angeles and certainly think that people living in the lower elevations should have every right to come and enjoy the snow. However, after all the excitement of the snowfall and a great day of enjoying this with their families, they leave those of us who live here with their litter. Cups, paper, plastic bags, broken plastic sleds and yes, used diapers. This is their thank you to the mountains for showing them such a good time. Not all those coming to the mountains do this, but as a result of those who do, we have an Adventure Pass (letters, Feb. 12)
December 26, 2004 | Kathleen Doheny, Healthy Traveler
A TV crew headed to Africa worried that it might be injured while filming elephants and other dangerous wildlife. Dr. Bradley Connor, a medical consultant for some members of the production, quickly put the risks into perspective. The biggest enemy, he says, is much smaller than an elephant: "Mosquitoes cause 3 million deaths a year from malaria," says Connor, a N.Y. physician and president of the International Society of Travel Medicine. Connor and other doctors who specialize in travel medicine have been called on to provide preproduction medical care to the cast and crew of such TV shows as "Survivor" and "Eco-Challenge" as well as documentaries and feature films set in remote destinations.
April 17, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Start with a sex-mad baroness and her frisky ménage à trois. Add in a stern German philosopher who fancied himself the next Friedrich Nietzsche, his mistress and a married couple who wanted a wholesome Swiss Family Robinson experience for their son. Throw them all together on one of the remotest spots on Earth and simmer until things come to a steamy boil. You couldn't make this stuff up, and, as a lively new documentary reports, you don't have to. "The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden" tells a humdinger of a story about wild doings on those celebrated islands off the coast of Ecuador.
April 17, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic, This post has been corrected. See below for details
'Adventure Time' (Cartoon Network, Mondays). Pendleton Ward's splendiferous cartoon series begins its sixth season. (Which is not to say sixth year; it has been on the air only since 2010). By any standard of inventiveness, intelligence, imagination, ambition, care, fearlessness, boldness, openness, humor, poetry and love I'd care to live my life by, it is as good as anything on television; and better than many more ballyhooed series that only seem superior, in the cultural agora and critical Thunderdome, by virtue of being populated by fleshly beings.
April 15, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Take off your thinking cap and simply enjoy the mini-pleasures of "Antboy. " This fantastical story of 12-year-old Pelle (Oscar Dietz), who goes from zero to superhero after being bitten by a genetically modified ant, should delight kids and adults alike. The film - a Danish import that has been wisely, if not quite seamlessly, dubbed into English to accommodate younger viewers - starts with the unpopular Pelle considering himself more "invisible man" than nerd. (That latter distinction is saved for bespectacled comic-book fan Wilhelm, played by Samuel Ting Graf.)
April 12, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Clad in a military-style flight suit and aviator shades, Harrison Ford walks across a sunny tarmac and climbs into a fighter jet and takes off. Soon, he's soaring 5,000 feet above California. Ford is not starring as the hero of a summer blockbuster but in fact is tagging along on a NASA mission to measure levels of methane and carbon dioxide, two primary greenhouse gases, in the atmosphere in the premiere of Showtime's new climate-change documentary, "Years of Living Dangerously.
April 11, 2014 | By Susan King
The secrets of Sherwood Forest will be revealed Sunday at the TCM Classic Film Festival's "Academy Conversations: The Adventures of Robin Hood.” Oscar-winning sound designer, editor and mixer Ben Burtt ( “Star Wars,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”) and Oscar-winning visual-effects supervisor Craig Barron (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) will be presenting newly discovered stills, recordings and outtakes to illustrate how Warner Bros.' landmark 1938 Technicolor adventure was brought to life.
April 10, 2014 | By Pico Iyer
All night long there were footsteps in the corridor, as girls from the nearby bars slipped in and out of rooms. I could hear bottles being smashed in the streets, the whining of an air conditioner that never quite took the edge off the tropical heat. When I walked out after dark, it was to see long lines of broken storefronts - "WANTED: Sexy Karaoke Singers" - and dozens of people lining up to apply for jobs in Saudi Arabia and Dubai. Money-changers' shacks, a folk club staffed only by dwarfs, mothers clutching babies in the rain.
April 10, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
It's too easy to start with the face or what she wears, how she sits. The color of her earrings. The essence is in the vowels, the way she holds and releases them. The voice drops a register, as if in a conspiracy, and a morning conversation drifts across art, ambition, age and riding camels in the desert. Many roles come to mind when Nicole Kidman speaks: inconsolable mother, suicidal writer, dangerous weather girl, nuclear scientist, gangster lover, top-hatted cabaret singer and Southern femme fatale with an earthy remedy for jellyfish stings.
April 8, 2014 | By Carla Hall
Maybe because I'm not a parent, I don't have a problem with the San Diego couple who decided to set sail across the South Pacific in a 36-foot boat from Mexico with their 1-year-old and 3-year-old daughters in tow. Even though things went seriously wrong. The 1-year-old, who had been treated for salmonella a couple of weeks before the start of the trip (and reportedly was cleared to go on the trip by a doctor), fell ill with a rash and fever. Meanwhile, the boat lost its steering and communication, and the family had to be rescued by a flotilla of personnel: the California Air National Guard, the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard.
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