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Life among the slabs

John Steinbeck would have loved Slab City. It wasn’t on his route. It’s rarely on anybody’s. But on an abandoned military base in the desert of southeastern California, there are some highly colorful characters among the snowbirds and squatters who call…

Roadside Encounter: James Dean

Name: James Dean Breed: Brooding rebel Age: 24 at the time of his death. Were he alive today, he’d be 79. Encountered: The James Dean sign is at Blackwell’s Corner, a gas station, nut dealer and memorabilia shop in Lost Hills, California that bills…

A farewell to the Pacific

On our last west coast afternoon, Ace and I were wearily headed back to the motel after spending the day touring Monterey when the beach beckoned. Knowing our route was going to take us inland, that there’d be no more Pacific Ocean…