Weekend Escape: Rancho de la Osa, Part II

Weekend Escape: Rancho de la Osa, Part II

A handful of guests at the dude ranch mount their horses for an afternoon ride. We string out behind Ross Knox (head wrangler) and Colleen Crisman (his assistant), crossing dry creek beds and battling mesquite trees with their inch-long thorns. I’m on a sure-footed...
Weekend escape: Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, Part 1

Weekend escape: Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, Part 1

SANTA BARBARA IS MY HAPPY PLACE, A PLACE TO lose myself on the beach boardwalk, breathing briny sea air thick with the caw of gulls. This time I drove down to explore the Funk Zone: a 10-square-block area of old warehouses, manufacturing and industrial plants. The...
Travel: Mount Whitney or Die Part 1

Travel: Mount Whitney or Die Part 1

Everyone I talked to, including the guy bagging my groceries, had hiked Mount Whitney, 14,491 feet. Sure, it’s the highest peak in the lower forty-eight with well-marked routes. By some accounts, these trails are the most heavily traveled in the United States: Some...
Day Tripping: Cheese and Wine

Day Tripping: Cheese and Wine

I love cheese and wine, especially when local and paired together, so I headed to Stepladder Ranch (www.stepladdercreamery.com), a farmstead creamery just north of Cambria on San Simeon-Monterey Creek Road. Jack Rudolph roamed the ranch as a boy after his grandfather...