Right on cue for Shark Week, a recent Newport Beach whale watching excursion hosted an unexpected special guest: a great white shark.
Still not Surf City
Happy trails are here?
A comprehensive bike safety program may be in the cards for Santa Ana. This follows Saturday's bike safety forum at the Santa Ana Public Library that culled together ideas from the community on developing a customized plan to ensure cyclists and commuters a safer means to coexist on the road, and ho ... More >>
According to a chamber of commerce website, the Catalina Island Yacht Club, founded in 1893, "is one of the oldest and most unique yacht clubs in Southern California" with "a rich history in the lore and tradition of the Island." But a lawsuit filed this month in Orange County Superior Court claims ... More >>
Question: What's better than a free balloon ride? Answer: A free balloon ride when you're drunk on wine. Kidding aside, there will be about two dozen wine labels and vendors pouring at the Great Wine Festival this weekend at the Great Park in Irvine. The event will be held Saturday, September 14, ... More >>
A Los Angeles developer and the residents of condos overlooking Newport Bay are at war over something one media source likened to an Arrested Development plot line. At issue is Rick Caruso's 216-foot private yacht Invictus, which the Newport Beach Harbor Commission approved for anchorage in Newport ... More >>
Portfolio Coffee House
The Coachella campgrounds are the Wild West of the festival. They are the sort of place you can imagine Hunter S. Thompson running around with his pants around his ankles. Drugs are more plentiful than food and going to bed before 4 a.m. is considered an early night. Campers built incredible structu ... More >>
Summer is the season most of us associate with surfing because when we stick our toes in the water any other time the water is too dang cold.But hardcore surfers kill the waves any time of year, as witnessed by those hanging ten . . . er . . . hanging fin in the wake of a Dana Point whale watching b ... More >>
"One year from now, I'm going to bike ride from my house to this hospital," thought then-20-year-old Omar Romero as he huffed and puffed after walking from one end of his hospital bedroom to the other. His muscles had atrophied after being bedridden for nearly two weeks with a fever. He needed to ex ... More >>
The seaside city reinvents itself (again) by hitching its civic reputation to cycling culture
Dana Point Yacht Club
Pop open that can of PBR. Orange County has been ranked as the No. 1 hipster place in America, surpassing San Francisco, Portland, New York and Austin. (Go ahead and lift your jaw off the floor--we'll wait.) Hipsterness, of course, isn't easy to quantify--ironic mustaches ... More >>
[Hey, You!] Some riders aren't content with just one bike lane
It's hard to root for someone like Mike Schroeder, the political adviser to OC District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and disgraced, felonious, adulterous ex-sheriff Mike Carona and one of the prime people behind our vile GOP. But when the subject is a wrong parking ticket, we'll root for Vader. And w ... More >>
Bikes are sooooo hot!In Long Beach, they are hot in the stolen property sense. More on that in a bit. First, we turn more positively to Orange County's LB.
Sunday's Long Beach Bicycle Film Festival serves two purposes, helping to close out the three-day Long Beach Bicycle Festival that begins today and reviving the Long Beach International Film Festival, whose return is TBD.Actually, there is a third and fourth purpose: showcasing local documentary ... More >>
Aaaaaannnd . . . ACTION!"I'm told what sets this film apart is being able to tell the whole story with crisp original footage. That was because I began filming it in the '60s as a kid, when the world was a very different place. I conceived the script then and focused my filming on things that I s ... More >>
Smile for the camera."Going to Extremes to Get the Shot" looks at filmmakers who hiked through mountains, hung out of helicopters and waded in shark-infested waters for their action-sports movies playing at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday and continues through April ... More >>
Not Debbie SipeThe California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which represents owners of recreational parks and campgrounds, has come out in favor of government regulation.That is, government regulation of the businesses that sell certain products used at RV parks and campgrounds, not th ... More >>
Dave LiebermanOrange County is a surprisingly bike-friendly place, and the crown jewel of north OC has to be the Santa Ana River Trail, which goes from the ocean at the Huntington Beach/Newport Beach border to Prado Dam in Corona, completely separated from cars. (It will eventually, when Riversid ... More >>
We missed this item on the LA Times's Funland blog on Monday. Apparently, Irvine water park Wild Rivers, which has spent the better part of its decade proclaiming it would soon shut down but never actually doing so, may finally see its last day in 2010.In its place would be a seemingly identical ... More >>
Due to California's budget mess, $52,000 in annual state support for Easter Seals Southern California's week-long camp for people with disabilities is likely not coming July 1, so the nonprofit will be scrambling over the next five weeks to make up for the loss and continue the 36-year run at Camp ... More >>
National Adult Spelling Bee, Saturday, 2 p.m.This annual event in Long Beach is only for adults who live or work in the United States. Spellers can register for $30/advance or $50/week-of-event. And it's just $5 to spectate. Watch some grown ups spell their asses off! Sorry, no heckling. Bay Shore C ... More >>
Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
OC Music and Fun Festival
I like the idea of bribing me with food in order to get me to pay attention to a cause. PETA, for one, would do better to give away free vegetarian food that tastes good rather than getting celebrities to act like idiots -- sorry, but I'm not gonna spare the poor animals' lives if it means eating d ... More >>
Strange New World
'I like twats better than twits, and can play a twat just like a fiddle back home'
Register a complaint
What your Mimi doesn't know could fill San Mateo Canyon, if the TCA doesn't do it first.
The resurrection of Bikeride
Not quite roughing it on the central coast
A night of illegal camping
Bikerides newest CD shows how far you can go if you pedal backward hard
Bikeride enjoys just about everything else
Roughing it without all the rough edges