Acclimating in the Dominican Republic, Off the Beaten Path

When most people hear about the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is the obvious destination, where resorts abound along beautiful beaches. Nothing against the obvious. But I wanted to get off the beaten path, in Samaná. This northeastern province is known for prolific nature, from secluded beaches to tangled mangroves, and …

When It Rains in LA

Southern California has a Mediterranean climate, meaning dry summers and rainy winters. Except it’s been awhile since we’ve received much rain in Los Angeles in the winter. Last year was incredibly mild, and it seemed I only had a week to wear my possibly excessive collection of boots, while repeatedly …

The Bowtie Parcel offers a minimal canvas to inspire art, engage community, and co-create the future of Los Angeles

The Bowtie Parcel consists of 18 acres of post-industrial land owned by California State Parks. The site is found within an unassuming pocket of northeast Los Angeles known as Cypress Park, where gentrification is a concern due to increasing large-scale residential development, LA River revitalization initiatives, and the fate of neighbors Silver …

“Shine Bright Like a Diamond”: Vieques’ Resilient Bioluminescent Bay

Sometimes nature astounds us with form, sometimes with function. Sometimes the tiniest organisms conspire to create a brilliant show unique to one small part of our planet. Dinoflagellates do this. A type of plankton (Pyrodinium bahamense) found primarily in Puerto Rico and Jamaica, luminescent dinoflagellates illuminate upon any agitation of …

Driving in the Dark

A few observations struck me upon arriving in Sacramento and picking up my rental car around 1am on a Wednesday night/Thursday morning. Firstly, that the night air felt more humid than what I’d been used to in LA, and it felt good. My skin, hair, everything about my particular composition …

Why Travel

I was born in Los Angeles, and moved to the east coast and back by age 13. My first travel outside North America came nearly a decade later, days after my 22nd birthday, when the travel magazine I worked for sent me on a press trip to the U.S. Virgin …