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  • Planning a river rafting adventure in the West? Things are looking up

    Planning a river rafting adventure in the West? Things are looking up

    Steve Welch was feeling glum in February. The Sierra snowpack was averaging less than 20%, and the manager of the Groveland, Calif.-based ARTA rafting company saw trouble ahead. After he reviewed the National Weather Service forecast for a dry March, he felt worse. “It looked like we might get...

  • Explore the volcanic crater of Mt. Vesuvius on this Italian tour

    Explore the volcanic crater of Mt. Vesuvius on this Italian tour

    Wander the ancient seaside cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, sites of two of the most catastrophic volcanic eruptions in European history, on a weeklong tour of Italy that also allows participants to ascend to the volcanic crater of Mt. Vesuvius. The Campania tour, organized by Andante Travels...

  • In SoCal, cool and close to home for weekends at the end of April (and a little bit of May)

    Blues and rock ’n’ roll. Flowers and kites. Art, film and food. You’ll find plenty of events for April 26-29. San Diego Floral artists interpret paintings and sculptures in flowers at the 36th Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art. Enjoy the scent of blossoms from creative floral works of art....

  • There's a way around those crowds in Malta

    In regard to “Mingle With Millenniums,” by Alice Short, April 8: I was in Malta in October, and there are a couple of things that should have been mentioned. The streets are very narrow and the roads are very congested, but there’s a great bus system with a 21 euro (about $26) ticket that lets...

  • Books newsletter: It's Festival of Books weekend!

    Welcome to the L.A. Times Books newsletter! I’m books editor Carolyn Kellogg and I’m really excited for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend. What you’ll find in our book section in print and online this week (and last!) are all stories dedicated to the authors coming to the festival....

  • I thought we were destined for lasting happiness. Wrong

    I thought we were destined for lasting happiness. Wrong

    A security guard at LAX circled my car skeptically, likely discerning between a terrorist threat and a careless idiot bidding a beloved traveler au revoir. As I explained myself, all smiles, he warned “Next time, you’re gonna get towed.” I unlocked my idling SUV and pulled away from the curb. I...

  • On the highs of Tokyo, 4/20 and rosé season

    Happy Saturday and welcome to the weekend. If you’re one of the many people who celebrated 4/20 yesterday (a day designated to celebrate cannabis), you might be interested in Test Kitchen director Noelle Carter’s tips for how to make pot butter, seeing as butter is the base for most delicious things...

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