Mexican food and Arellano's epiphany

As I said in today's column, Los Angeles writer Gustavo Arellano managed to write a book about Mexican food without visiting the Central Valley. But when he did, in this piece, it's as if the food shook the scales from his eyes. Not only about food but the Central Valley »»Read Full Post

June outtakes: Back on track

We’re all caught up again. Here are my 10 favorite photos from June. Enjoy!   ____________________________________________________  6/12/18 A kite surfer skims across the waters of the Sacramento River off of the shores of Sherman Island County Park near Rio Vista. The area has become a Mecca for kite boarders and »»Read Full Post

The carpenter bee – friend or foe?

We usually think of carpenter bees as those bulky, black bees that buzz loudly around our yards and burrow into wood, earning them a reputation as pest insects to be eliminated. You might be surprised to learn better side of these interesting native bees! Three different species of large carpenter »»Read Full Post

Utah’s Arches and Canyonlands National Parks; side trip to Grand Canyon North Rim

Author and spouse Susan pose in front of Landscape Arch, spanning well over 300 feet with its delicate arch. Arches Park visitors trek fo Sand Dune Arch on short, flat trail through slot canyon. Our Horsethief Campground, maintained by the BLM just outside Canyonlands, was scene of several evocative sunsets.  »»Read Full Post