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Del Puerto Canyon: From the Earth’s Mantle to Mars in the Devil’s Range

Long referred to as “The Door,” Del Puerto Canyon winds 22 miles through the Diablo Range, connecting the San Joaquin Valley to San Antonio Valley and, eventually, the greater San Francisco Bay area.

Good Hooky: SUP at Vasona

Yup, this SUP cost only $15 an hour. Hilltromper photo.

We all know work is overrated. But this deal isn't.

Empty Highway in the Land of Slides

I am walking down the center of Highway 1 south of Gorda, a two-lane road carved into 1,000-plus feet of precipitous marine terrace in Big Sur.

Finding Frank Norris in the Santa Cruz Mountains

A memorial to a pioneer of American literature sits unseen 10 miles west of Gilroy.

A gargantuan spiderweb hangs across the steep dirt road. It shimmers, translucent in the sunlight, slack lines nearly imperceptible. As I duck the web and trudge further up the road's corkscrew turn, the thick brush, thistle, weeds and poison oak part, revealing an ancient looking stone bench on the shoulder above the road.

Science Spotlight: Why Do Humpbacks Breach?

Scientists are unsure what drives humpback whales' exuberant displays.  NOAA photo.

More than 40 feet long and weighing up to 40 tons, adult humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) are formidable giants. But their immensity doesn’t hinder their athleticism.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare's New Home

Santa Cruz Shakespeare's new Audrey Stanley Grove Theater will be dedicated tonight. Mark Dammann photo.

A visit to the newly completed Grove at DeLaveaga Park promises a great first season for Santa Cruz Shakespeare.

5 Reasons You’re Glad Your Boo Isn’t an Alpha Male Elephant Seal

Romance time at Piedras Blancas. Photo credit to Mike Baird / Creative Commons

On elephant seal romance.

Saving Big Trees for Little Kids

Anthony Carreno, 8,  shows some style at a Santa Cruz Warriors Kids Slam Dunk Contest last night. Chip Scheuer photo.

Santa Cruz Warriors team up with Sempervirens Fund to highlight #TeamRedwoods campaign.

Human Visits Raucous Beach Party

Northern Elephant Seals at Piedras Blancas. Human visitors stand on a boardwalk that hovers only a few feet above seals. Photo credit to Madeleine Turner.

Cast of characters include Alpha males, handsome moms, and 'super-weaners.'

Plants at Home

Elkhorn Native Plant Nursery is open to the public every Friday.

By Neil Khosla

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