Mist & Iron — Visiting Paauw, or, Palomar Mountain

INTRODUCTION After Desert Daze, my friend Mike Morgan found himself in a dilemma. Namely, he had more firewood than he knew what to do with and so proposed camping somewhere. I suggested Palomar Mountain because it's struck me as a magical place the few times I've passed over it on the way to and from … Continue reading Mist & Iron — Visiting Paauw, or, Palomar Mountain

California Fool’s Gold — The 10th Anniversary

2017 marks the tenth anniversary of my explorations of the neighborhoods and communities of Los Angeles and Southern California. In the past decade, I managed, although not planned, to explore and write about exactly 100 communities for my California Fool’s Gold series. When I began writing about Los Angeles neighborhoods, there were a few others … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — The 10th Anniversary

California Fool’s Gold’s Introduction to Southern California

There is no official definition of what comprises Southern California but there’s certainly something like a general consensus that the region includes the ten southern-most counties in the state: Kern, Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. By this definition, its northern border neatly formed by the … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold’s Introduction to Southern California

California Fool’s Gold — A San Diego County Primer

This primer, you've by no doubt gathered from the title, is about San Diego County, one of the ten counties that make up Southern California. San Diego County is a county in Southern California’s Southern Border region. The region’s other county, Imperial County, has little in common with its more populous neighbor to the west. For … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A San Diego County Primer