April 25, 2013 |
Antonio Méndez Esparza's assured first feature, "Aquí y Allá" (Here and There), has won festival awards from Mumbai to Thessaloniki, but the story the film tells is just across the border. Pedro (Pedro De los Santos) has returned to Mexico from his second tour of menial jobs in the States, and like the slow climb up the mountain to his home, re-integration is uphill. His daughters (Lorena Guadalupe Pantaleón Vázquez and Heidi Laura Solano Espinoza) barely know him, though the oldest knows better than to trust him to stick around.
April 4, 2013 |
A decent whistle costs about a buck and weighs practically nothing. Had one been carried by the two young adults who spent four days lost in the Trabuco Canyon area, it could have saved thousands of dollars in search and rescue costs; it might have saved the pair from trips to the hospitals. It might have even prevented one rescuer from being injured in a fall. Reading the comment boards on the stories about the college students who got lost in Holy Jim Canyon, a side canyon to Trabuco, on Easter Day - aside from the judgmental buffoons who have decided that the young man is an obviously shifty sort because he wears earrings and is thus inadequate to the task of hiking - I see a lot of knowledgeable head-shaking among hikers, lists of the items no hiker should be without.
January 19, 2013 |
Here is a lovely country-in-the-city walk, with delightful views, varied greenery and an unlikely hilltop lake - all within 15 minutes of downtown Los Angeles. The Stats Distance: 3.5 miles Duration: 1 hour Difficulty: 2.5 (on a scale of 1 to 5) Details: Park at Hermon Park off Via Marisol or take Metro bus No. 256. FOR THE RECORD: L.A. Walks: In an article in the Jan. 19 Saturday section detailing a hike at Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, the "Stats" box gave an incorrect duration for the hike.
June 17, 2012 |
JARBIDGE, Nev. - To find Jarbidge - a town so isolated the federal government rates its air quality as some of the country's purest - my husband, Michael, and I spent hours covering 50 miles of a rock and dirt road, twisting and turning alongside rivers and through mountain passes. Of course, the drive would have been shorter if we hadn't stopped so often to take photographs. I had heard that Jarbidge Canyon held bizarre pillars of rock known as hoodoos, and that the 113,167-acre Jarbidge Wilderness was beautiful but that neither the canyon nor the area's 10,000-feet-plus peaks were visible from major highways.
May 11, 2012 |
The Filipino horror movie "The Road" takes its own sweet time drawing you into its world of frightened teenagers, bloody apparitions and buried secrets. Co-writer/director Yam Laranas prefers protracted enigmas to quick-and-easy shocks, making for some slow going early on. The story centers on a trio of adolescents who sneak out in a car for a late-night ride on a closed-off dirt road where two young sisters famously disappeared a decade ago. Laranas then flashes back to the sisters - a captivity tale involving a grim-faced teenage boy in a dilapidated house off that same road - before hopping even further back for the tale's whole twisted family origins.
April 3, 2011
If you go From Los Angeles, take Interstate 10 east to Palm Springs. In Palm Springs, exit on North Gene Autry Trail (California 111) and head south about six miles. Turn left on East Palm Canyon Drive. As you pass Rimrock Shopping Center, turn right on Palm Hills Drive and find a parking spot. The dirt road that heads up the hill takes you into the canyons and hills that are home to the "goat trails. " You can stock up on water and snacks at the shopping center. Cellphone service on goat trails can be spotty, but take your phone just in case.