Blog | California

Don’t walk on the jetty though

One of California’s lesser-known lighthouses sits on a tiny islet on Battery Point, just south of Crescent City. To get there, you have to wait for low tide. At high tide, the islet is surrounded by water. We’re almost always in the Crescent City/Eureka area on Labor Day weekend and this place has been on […]

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Shorebirds by the seaside

Today I’d like to share some photos I shot over the weekend. To get these shots, I bought a $500 bird blind, sat in it all day, and shot three million photos. Hahaha just kidding. I went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and shot them all in about five minutes with my superzoom camera. Cheating. […]

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Budget alternatives to actually visiting Egypt

Unless a bag of money falls on my head, I’m probably never going to see the Valley of the Kings. So I’ll just tell myself it’s overrated, even though it’s obviously not. Meanwhile, if you are feeling the same way and are a resident of Northern California, you can simulate the experience of visiting Egypt. […]

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Summer’s end. Also, mountain lions.

Yesterday, my neighbor told me there’s a rampaging mountain lion in our area. Well, not rampaging exactly, just causing some trouble for a few of the neighbors, but he likes us to be cautious. Mountain lions aren’t really a danger to people, especially when there are so many deer around. Because they do occasionally take […]

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Blog | Not California

Aliens are so not real

As a science writer, my official position on ghosts and aliens is that they Do Not Exist. As a layperson who really likes to watch Ghost Adventures, I love ghost stories and tales of alien abduction. It’s all fiction, of course. Officially. In case you’re wondering, and you’re not but I’m going to tell you […]

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The Grand Canyon is sick of all the lookie-loos

It seems wrong to visit the Grand Canyon and not write something about it, especially since I’ve written something about every other national park we visited in the American southwest. But what can I say about this place that hasn’t already been said? Hmm, this seems like an exercise in “finding an angle.” Here’s my […]

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When meteors make that giant sucking sound

On our way to Flagstaff, we started to encounter speed limit signs: “Motor vehicles: 50mph. Meteors: 26,000mph.” My kids did not notice, of course, because they had their faces buried in their stupid phones. As usual. But at least there are minor benefits to the phone stuff because when we pulled into the parking lot […]

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