Up The Road If you travel mostly to escape the daily drudge, Up The Road host Kim Weir suggests you think again. Travel matters, every bit as much as other choices you make every day. Which is why Up the Road encourages everyone to travel responsibly. Here in California as elsewhere around the world, responsible travel means appreciating nature, valuing natural resources, respecting and preserving culture and history, and supporting local economies in healthy ways.Up the Road is dedicated to responsible California travel—to sustaining the California story by deepening your connection to this unusual and surprising place. Each week Up the Road shares stories about the land, its natural history, and its people, the lives they have lived, the stories they have told over the centuries, and the stories they are creating right now. The stories that keep us all here, that create California's unique ecology of home.Host Kim Weir is editor and founder of Up the Road, a nonprofit public-interest journalism project dedicated to sustaining the California story. She is also a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, and author of all of the original California "handbooks" put out by Moon Publications, now Avalon Travel. Weir lives in Paradise, California.Up the Road is a joint production of Up the Road and North State Public Radio, initially produced by Sarah Bohannon. The show is now produced by Matt Fidler and distributed by PRX. Up the Road's theme song was written and produced by Kirk Williams.
Up The Road

Up The Road

From North State Public Radio

If you travel mostly to escape the daily drudge, Up The Road host Kim Weir suggests you think again. Travel matters, every bit as much as other choices you make every day. Which is why Up the Road encourages everyone to travel responsibly. Here in California as elsewhere around the world, responsible travel means appreciating nature, valuing natural resources, respecting and preserving culture and history, and supporting local economies in healthy ways.Up the Road is dedicated to responsible California travel—to sustaining the California story by deepening your connection to this unusual and surprising place. Each week Up the Road shares stories about the land, its natural history, and its people, the lives they have lived, the stories they have told over the centuries, and the stories they are creating right now. The stories that keep us all here, that create California's unique ecology of home.Host Kim Weir is editor and founder of Up the Road, a nonprofit public-interest journalism project dedicated to sustaining the California story. She is also a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, and author of all of the original California "handbooks" put out by Moon Publications, now Avalon Travel. Weir lives in Paradise, California.Up the Road is a joint production of Up the Road and North State Public Radio, initially produced by Sarah Bohannon. The show is now produced by Matt Fidler and distributed by PRX. Up the Road's theme song was written and produced by Kirk Williams.

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Up The Road: Where To Now? South Of Santa Barbara

Montecito, just south of Santa Barbara, boasts surreal Lotusland, 37 acres of exotic gardens created by Madame Ganna Walska, thwarted opera singer and compulsive marrier of millionaires. Here, explore the world's finest private collection of cycads—pine-tree relatives that look like palms—also cacti, succulents, luxuriant ferns, weeping euphorbias, an aloe-and-abalone-shell "forest," lily and lotus ponds, bromeliads, orchids, and roses. A bit pricey, and you'll need a reservation.

Up The Road: Where to Now? The Channel Islands

We're trying out the idea of urban travel again, after long social isolation. Almost a year, now. Just thinking about groups of people—at crowded restaurants, concerts, ball games, you name it—is strange. Which is why we've set out, first, in our imaginations, and started with a small city, Santa Barbara. The lonely Channel Islands just offshore, though, are constant companions—inviting us to come away, to leave all that hubbub behind. Reminding us that very special solitudes are right here, too

Up The Road: Where To Now? North Of Santa Barbara

One thing about Santa Barbara is how hard it can be to leave. One thing making that easier, for most of us, is how insanely expensive it is. The cost of living in Santa Barbara—and, of course, visiting—means that scouting out options and alternatives up and down the coast is just part of life, for residents and visitors alike.

Up The Road: Where To Now? Santa Barbara

Soon we'll be able to travel— really travel, to places where other people are part of the point. Including cities large and small. Queen of California's small cities is Santa Barbara, beautiful, rich, and mysterious. (She goes by the name "Santa Teresa" in the works of mystery writers Sue Grafton and Ross MacDonald.) Her story hints at good fortune almost as incredible as her good looks, rarely dimmed by disaster.

Up The Road: In This New Year: Where To Now?

Unless you're long in the tooth, like me, you've probably never heard the Midwestern witticisms of Bill Vaughan, editor and columnist at the Kansas City Star, who died in 1977. Here is some sample wit: "A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election." That one, not always true, given the turnout in our most recent presidential election, but based on past ones, true enough.

Up The Road: North Coast Tour: Touring More Redwood Towns

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Up The Road: North Coast Tour: Watching The Pacific Gray Whale

When visiting the ocean in winter, one particular fellow traveler pops to mind—the Western or Pacific gray whale, also known as the California gray whale. A close-up view of California's official mammal is life-changing. Dark, barnacled heads shoot up from the deeps to breathe, blasting saltwater from blowholes with the force of a firehose. That spouting is how you'll first spot them, all along the California coast. Not so close, but close enough.

Up The Road: North Coast Tour: Geology Tour Of Land's End

MacKerricher State Park is Fort Bragg's park, deeply woven into the community's story, past and present. Most people enter this gorgeous stretch of ocean, tidepools, forest, coastal prairie, and sand dunes three miles north of town, where the visitor center and campgrounds are. But you could start south of Pudding Creek at Glass Beach in Fort Bragg proper, a former dump site where polished pieces of old glass become dazzling finds, a beachcomber's paradise renewed with every high tide. Or begin

Up The Road: North Coast Tour: Geology Tour of Land's End

State parks along California's North Coast offer great opportunities to explore—up close and personal—the long-ago processes that created the land beneath our feet. And that continue to power change, from continental drift and emerging landforms to volcanic explosions and earthquakes. Lands associated with the Mendocino Triple Junction's earthquake faults offer colorful surprises, such as polished jade in gravel bars along the Eel River's South Fork, in Humboldt Redwoods State Park .

Up The Road: North Coast Tour: Studying Geology "On The Brink"

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