Just Another Glorious Day in Malibu at the Beach

Spent the day in Malibu at County Line. Quick lunch overlooking the sea at iconic biker hangout, Neptune’s Net. On the weekends, throngs of bikers make their way along the winding coast for brunch. During the week, there are more locals and a few tourists. Headed across Pacific Coast Highway to watch the daring Kite Surfers on another gloriously sunny, foggy, windy Malibu day.

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26 Miles Across the Sea

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Just spent a few days on Catalina Island, 26 miles from the mainland of Southern California, or as the locals call it, “overtown.” Hadn’t been there in nearly a decade, but nothing’s changed much. Still life at a slower pace, except on cruise ship days, when hungry voyagers roam the island in search of food, … Continue reading

Award-Winning Night at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Spent a great night at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival directors panel, featuring all five of this year’s Academy Award nominated directors – Lenny Abrahamson (ROOM), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (THE REVENANT), Tom McCarthy (SPOTLIGHT), Adam McKay (THE BIG SHORT), and George Miller (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD). All were awarded Outstanding Directors of the Year. Last night, in my opinion, funniest award goes to McKay, most humble to Miller, and most intense to Iñárritu. Festival continues through February 13, 2016. Check it all out at http://sbiff.org.

Celebrating 100 Years at Crater Lake Lodge

I drove to Ashland, Oregon from Los Angeles this June, and decided to visit Crater Lake National Park for the first time. I wasn’t disappointed. Amazing blue water in the midst of a mountain that blew its top nearly 7,700 years ago. It filled with water over time and another volcanic island called, “Wizard Island,” formed inside.

Island DreamsTwo Volcanos The Wiz   Crater Lake Lodge Doorway to Heaven Happy Camper

Oregon’s only national park is a mere two hour drive from Medford in Southern Oregon and well worth the trip. I was lucky enough to score a modest, but pricey, room at the historic Crater Lake Lodge, which is currently celebrating its 100th year. My room overlooked the lake, in theory, but I couldn’t see the actual water unless I went into the Great Room or outside. Still, a remarkable trip.

Sunset Watch Snow  Dinner at the Lodge Wild Salmon SaladCrater Lake Waltz Centennial PlatingCrater Lake Sunset Striations Wildflowers

Right now, there’s less snow than usual – ah climate change; although there was still too much to drive the entire rim. So, I hiked a bit and the next day drove partially around the lake. I’m not big on heights, so the perspective of being so high from the water is quite daunting. And, as I drove along the western rim, I was actually glad I didn’t get to drive the entire rim. I did stop at the closest overlook to Wizard Island and it was incredible.

Rim Drive West SignLiving on the Edge  Mountain to Lake Volcano within Volcano Visitors Center Lake tree Tree's Eye View Wizard Island Tree  Kicking Back Lounging at the Lodge Crater Lake The Other Side

I continued along the road out of the northern entrance to the park towards the smaller Diamond Lake and then towards Highway 138, the Highway of Waterfalls. Stopped and hiked in fern-laden green forests amidst several waterfalls. It was hot, nearly 100 degrees at times, so I continued on towards Roseburg, then south along Highway 5 to my favorite southern Oregon town of Ashland.

Road to Diamond LakeDiamond in the Rough  Leaves of Green  Fallen TreeStairway to Nirvana The Way Waterfall Watson Falls SignWaterfalls Map