April 21, 2013
GERMANY Presentation Peter Wortsman will read from and discuss his new book, "Ghost Dance in Berlin: A Rhapsody in Gray," which has been described as "the perfect guide to all aspects of life in Berlin - the best and the wurst of it. " When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. BICYCLING Presentation After four continents, 41 countries and almost 30,000 miles, Stephen Fabes, a British doctor, has reached California and will talk about his adventure on two wheels that took him from the mid-winter Alps to the blistering heat of the Syrian desert, and from the wilds of Africa to the magnificent peaks of the Andes.
April 19, 2013 |
Especially this week, a minute away from everything seems like a great idea. Fortunately, we have here “A Minute Away,” a newish video series in which our lens alights someplace interesting, settles in for 60 seconds, and watches closely while nothing much happens. No talking heads or music or mug shots. No crawling text-- well, almost none. Also, no one gets hurt. Just scenery and the sound of the wind and, this week, a distant climber groping for traction. We add another video every Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2013 |
Joshua Tree National Park has become a destination of taggers , and the graffiti has visitors and park officials outraged. "We come to this place because it's not as touristy as surrounding national parks, and you don't run into as many people. You kind of feel like you're alone. In ancient times. There's nothing like this place," said Butch Wood, 51, a guitar builder visiting from North Aurora, Ill. "You don't like to see the modern world intruding on history. It's a shame. " The graffiti in Rattlesnake Canyon, which meanders for a mile through the northern edge of Joshua Tree's Wonderland of Rocks, started with just a few markings but quickly became rampant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 |
JOSHUA TREE - Along the saw-toothed ridge of Rattlesnake Canyon, crude graffiti invades the crevices that offered shade to nomadic Indians trekking across the Mojave hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago. "Skunk," "oatmeal cookie" and "punx" are scribbled in black spray paint on giant, earth-crushing boulders where ancient petroglyphs may have been etched by the Serrano and Chemehuevi. The damage goes far beyond a few lovey-dovey teenagers carving their initials into picnic tables.
April 11, 2013 |
Extensive stands of Joshua Tree National Park's peculiar namesake plants are festooned with clumps of white and yellow flowers that are drawing tourists eager to take in the scenery before the bloom wilts in the harsh desert sun. “It's one of the most prolific blooms we've seen in recent years,” interpretive park ranger Bret Greenheck said. “The bloom peaked a week ago at lower elevations, but trees on higher groundare still producing flowers.” “Some biologists think Joshua Trees bloom like this in response to stressful conditions such as drought,” Greenheck said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2013 |
A popular canyon area of Joshua Tree National Park has been shut down because vandals have defaced the area with graffiti splashed across rocks and archeological sites, officials said Monday. Rattlesnake Canyon has been shut down temporarily as park officials assess the damage, which apparently has been encouraged by people on social media sites, according to officials. "The continued malicious desecration of the national park has now impacted archeological sites," park officials said in a statement. Park rangers began noticing the scrawls in January.
April 8, 2013 |
Recent vandalism to rocks and walls at Rattlesnake Canyon has prompted officials at Joshua Tree National Park to close the popular trail temporarily to protect it from further damage. The problem has been building since January, beginning with a few spray-painted markings and scratching in the day use and canyon areas of Rattlesnake Canyon. Officials believe that the defacing has escalated as vandals have used social media to brag about their actions. Damage has now affected archaeological sites, and park officials say they don't have the resources to quickly clean the rocks.
April 7, 2013 |
A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Sunday afternoon 39 miles from Joshua Tree, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 1:45 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0.6 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 41 miles from Twentynine Palms, 41 miles from Yucca Valley, 43 miles from Barstow and 256 miles from Phoenix. In the past 10 days, there has been one earthquake magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby. Read more about Southern California earthquakes .
April 7, 2013
FRANCE, ITALY AND SWITZERLAND Presentation Tricia Holbrook will look at hut-to-hut trekking through France, Italy and Switzerland on the Tour du Mont Blanc, and from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn along Switzerland's Haute Route. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info : Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. CAMBODIA Presentation Travel photographer and tour guide Ralph Velasco will present a virtual circumnavigation of Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia and offer photo tips about these images.