Travel: Coastal Cambria on Highway 1 near Hearst Castle

For the past few weeks we’ve been telling you about our road trip up the central California Highway 1 beach cities. We started in Pismo Beach and continued to San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay and Cayucos. Today’s stop: Cambria, which is about 10 miles north of Cayucos and 9 miles south of Hearst Castle and…

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Travel: Tiny Cayucos on California’s Central coast

The town of Cayucos is so small, it’s probably no bigger than 4 blocks of a downtown. It’s clearly the smallest of the Highway 1 Central California Coast towns, just 7 miles up the road from Morro Bay, and 15 miles south of the larger tiny coastal town of Cambria. So what’s the appeal of pulling off…

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Travel: Morro Bay and Highway 1

The South Bay Beach Cities have a lot to offer, beachwise, with miles and miles of sand and waves. We even have jettys and rocks to explore. But we don’t have those big huge ones that you find on the central coast. Like the 576 foot high one that dominates the skyline of Morro Bay.…

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Travel: PhotowalksTV explores Pismo Beach & SLO

Season IV of PhotowalksTV is now live, and this time around we’re exploring the Central California Coast, on one of the most epic road trips in the world, from Pismo Beach to Monterey.  Each Saturday will feature a new episode shot on Highway 1, with the first two live now, from Pismo and San Luis…

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RB Ukrainian Family Hopes for Peace

  By Ruth Stroud   The horrors of the situation in Ukraine become personal when you know people who are experiencing the suffering firsthand.    In 2019, I became friends with a Ukrainian family currently living in Redondo Beach after receiving an assignment to conduct a conversational English class with Oleksii Dubrovnyi and his wife…

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Finding your lost photos with TAGS

We had a death in the family this week, as my brother in law Michael Stroud passed away, after a three-week hospital stint. There are many parts of the grieving process, of course, and one big one is revisiting memories, with photos and video. As the photographer and archivist in the family, I spent several days this…

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Travel: San Francisco’s 10 Greatest Photo Hits

San Francisco isn’t the most visited U.S. city. In fact it’s no. 5, after New York, Miami, our Los Angeles and Orlando, attracting 3.3 million visitors yearly, per the World Atlas. But it happens to be the most photogenic, IMHO, with more photo eye candy per square mile than its competitors. Think about it—the New…

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Travel: Santa Fe, New Mexico for spring break

With Omicron on the way out, mask mandates being pulled back and warmer temps coming in many parts of the country, you may be looking for a great place for a Spring trip. May I suggest New Mexico? I recently told you about my adventures in Pie Town, Taos and Bosque Del Apache. Today we conclude the New Mexico series with a…

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Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza becomes a ‘silent disco’

Story and photos by Jefferson Graham Over 300 people danced to the “silent disco” on the Vista restaurant patio, at the corner of the Hermosa Strand, and Pier Plaza Sunday evening. Silent disco is coming back to Pier Plaza, at Baja Sharkey’s on Sunday, Feb. 20, and then back to Vista on Sunday, Mar. 6.…

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Travel: The big skies of Taos, New Mexico

Taos is a small small town in North New Mexico that happens to be one photogenic masterpiece! Just ask Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keefe.   They spent hours photographing and painting the historic buildings and light of Taos, which is just about 90 minutes up the way from Santa Fe, the state capital.  Taos is my favorite part of the…

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Travel: National Pie Day visit to Pie Town, NM

At the top of the Continental Divide on New Mexico’s Route 60, nearly 8,000 feet in the air, you come across this tiny village with a Willy Wonka like name: Pie Town. Pie Town? As in, all the currency is in crust? The town council’s motto is “In Lard We Trust?” The streets are named…

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Hawaiian Slack Key Festival  returns to Redondo on Sunday

by Jefferson Graham Two-time Grammy winner and Maui native Jeff Peterson will be among the performers at the 15th annual Southern California Slack Key festival this Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Redondo Beach  Slack key music got its biggest boost in 2011, with “The Descendants,” a George Clooney film featuring Hawaiian artists on the…

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Sunday Manhattan Beach Photowalk, 4 p.m.

Join me Sunday 1/16 for a late afternoon free sunset photowalk at the Manhattan Beach Pier. And please bring your smartphone! No fancy camera needed. The free event is a socially distanced, fun gathering of like-minded individuals who love the Manhattan Beach Pier and want to enjoy the sunset together. Is there a better way…

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