I write and travel and travel and writes for the LAT Travel section, which means writing about Long Beach and London, Monrovia and Machu Picchu. I've been doing this for most of the last 20 years, but along the way I also spent about six years covering culture for the LAT Calendar section and wri...
Your mileage (and opinion) may vary. But in more than a year of roaming the state to compile our bucket list of 366 (and counting) compelling California destinations and adventures, my Travel section colleagues and I have found that some of our most memorable moments have happened while we were behind the wheel. Most of them were happy. And many of them soon will seem quaint, as California hurtles into a future far different from its gas-guzzling, auto-centric past.
I was driving California Highway 12 through the Napa-Sonoma wine country in mid-December when a low, dark cloud drifted into my peripheral vision. It was over a vineyard and seemed to be billowing — a scary sight after the October wildfires that killed at least 43 people and burned more than 245,000 acres in Northern California. But as I turned to look at this cloud, it gained altitude, then exploded into a thousand winged pieces.
After December’s fires and early January’s floods, any visit to Santa Barbara County will require homework. Caltrans said Friday that the 101 Freeway, from the Ventura-Santa Barbara county line to South Milpas Street in Santa Barbara, would remain closed indefinitely. For updates, check the agency’s website at lat.ms/roadinformation or call (800) 427-7623. Amtrak (lat.ms/amtrakservice) on Jan. 11 resumed train service between Oxnard and Santa Barbara.
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