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.
January 9, 2011 |
By Chris Kraul Weather-beaten rancher Leonardo Bautista brings to mind the character in a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel who waited years in vain for a pension. Only Bautista is waiting for a new road, or any other benefit to filter down to those who live at ground zero of Colombia's oil boom. Every day, 150 crude-laden semitrailer trucks grind over his town's dirt road, raising dust and spewing oil. Bautista and his neighbors want a paved road to mitigate the noise and environmental damage, and to leave room for other vehicles, which often get muscled off course as the lumbering tankers swerve to avoid potholes.
November 19, 2010 |
Reporting from Sinkyone Wilderness, Calif. ? The wind roared like a Roosevelt elk in rut. Rain smacked into plank walls like waves breaking on rocks. Down the bluff, the Pacific surged and heaved. What bothered me, though, was the scurrying in the rafters. We had found shelter after hiking through a downpour but apparently were not alone in this drafty seaside barn in Mendocino County's Sinkyone (pronounced SINK ee yoan) Wilderness. A muffled plunk sounded inches from my face, the only part of me not encased in a mummy bag. Struggling to free an arm, I groped for the flashlight.