Hillary lost, singers and strummers proved all too perishable, but it wasn’t such a bad year

Even though my favorite beer is noticeably cheaper at the Publix supermarket, I have to say that visiting Florida makes me so happy to live in California. Florida is flat, featureless, and the Baptists are watching. … More Hillary lost, singers and strummers proved all too perishable, but it wasn’t such a bad year

Southern California’s highest paved road throws some history, giant trees at the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S

Stopping for gas in Lucerne Valley, California, might show you any number of things: tumbleweeds, bulk haulers coming from the mine, cowboy shirts and hats in the general store. If you’re riding the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S, you’ll also see just how exotic your motorcycle is. One Sunday afternoon in November, I was refueling the … More Southern California’s highest paved road throws some history, giant trees at the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S

Perfect recipe for a Sunday ride on the Ortega Highway and through the Temecula Valley

A perfect November Sunday: motorcycles, a Southern California mountain road, and a great group of people. It started with a 6.30 a.m. rendezvous at the Motorcycle Industry Council’s office in Irvine. MIC communications director Andria Yu had arranged for “key influencer” Katherine Helmetag (it’s her magnetic personality) and me to ride Kawasaki motorcycles. Katherine loves … More Perfect recipe for a Sunday ride on the Ortega Highway and through the Temecula Valley

Joshua trees are cousins to lilies, home to moths and woodpeckers

Who hasn’t spent at least a moment today wondering about the relationship between the Joshua tree and moths? Like all yuccas, the Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) has a symbiotic relationship with the Pronuba moth. This small nocturnal creature feeds on the pollen of the Joshua tree’s flowers; the female then lays her eggs inside them. She next pollenates the … More Joshua trees are cousins to lilies, home to moths and woodpeckers