January 13, 2013
MT. WHITNEY Presentation Experts will offer tips on preparing for Mt. Whitney, including physical conditioning, nutrition, gear and clothing. Learn strategies to cope with high altitude and alternative routes to the top. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI stores in Manhattan Beach, 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Suite E; Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real; and Rancho Cucamonga, 12218 Foothill Blvd. Admission, info: Free. (310) 727-0728 for Manhattan Beach; (714) 505-0205 for Tustin; and (909)
October 13, 2013
If you go Ft. Ord National Monument; (831) 394-8314, http://www.blm.gov/ca/hollister. (Currently closed due to the government shutdown.) Ft. Ord Dunes State Park, Beach Range Road, Marina, Calif.; (831) 649-2836, http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=580 , The town of Marina just north of Ft. Ord has a number of chain motels (www.seemonterey.com/hotels/) as well as the luxurious Sanctuary Beach Resort, 3295 Dunes Drive; (877) 944-3863, http://www.thesanctuarybeachresort.com . Junior suites from $219 midweek.
June 24, 2012
THE BEST WAY TO ATHENS From LAX, Air France, KLM, British, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Turkish, US Airways, Delta and Swiss offer connecting service (change of plane) to Athens. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $984, including fees and taxes. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 30 (the country code for Greece) and the local number. WHERE TO STAY Monopati Rooms & Apartments . Kastro Monemvasia; 2732-061-772, http://www.byzantine-escapade.com . Doubles from about $88 to $107.
August 11, 2013
If you go THE BEST WAY TO BRAZIL RESORTS From LAX, Copa, US Airways, United, American, LATAM and Delta offer connecting service (change of planes) to Rio de Janeiro. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $991, including taxes and fees. U.S. citizens need a visa to enter Brazil. Skip the countless visa brokers you'll find online and go directly to the Brazilian Consulate website (losangeles.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/) - an excellent place to test your ability to follow directions and where you can make a visa appointment as well as free yourself of that extra $160 (no cash; U.S. Postal Service money orders only)