Bob Becker

The Pacific Symphony first violist shares some of his favorite things

Napa Rose Grill."Chef Andy Sutton lives nearby, and every now and then a group of us will go to his restaurant for a meal. The place is just fantastic: the food, the presentation, the wine—everything." 1600 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, (714) 956-6755.

Hiking Santiago Oaks. "It's in Carbon Canyon and you can be far away from civilization in, like, 13 seconds, and instead of worrying about traffic you can worry about snakes and mountain lions. Yeah, I take precautions. I watch my back; I let my daughter go in front and I'm in back. The fact is we are in their home when we're out there and you have to take precautions. I love it, though. I love the emphasis we place on health out here. I quit smoking when I moved here—I was a three and a half pack a day smoker and then I just quit. November 4, 1978—4:30 p.m. But don't ask me to be specific." 2145 N. Windes Dr., Orange, (714) 973-6620;

Photo courtesy Pacific Symphony
Photo courtesy Pacific Symphony

Bob Marriott Outdoor Sportsman."I go here for fly fishing stuff every chance that I get. I fly fish in Trabuco Creek and at lakes around the area. I do a thing every year: I take the viola students at Chapman fly fishing in Colorado. This year I taught 35 violists to fly cast. They caught trout. It's hard to explain. For me, fly fishing is a very zen experience because you have to understand nature and order, and what bug to use. It gives you a perspective about your place in the overall sense of things. It gets you outside your frantic life and into a different frame of mind. Learning the art of the cast is like raking a rock garden." 2700 W. Orangethorpe Ave., Fullerton, (714) 525-1827;

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