1. California Slideshows: Escape to Joshua Tree and Indie Shops in LA

    Desert Dreaming: Escape to Joshua Tree
    With sunny highs in the 60s and bright blue winter skies, December and January are excellent months to hit the road and head to Joshua Tree National Park and the quirky area surrounding it. This brief respite from the blistering heat allows outdoorsy types to rock climb and take long hikes without risking heat exhaustion (though you’ll need sunblock—and polar fleece at sundown). Photographers and botany geeks can linger as long as they like capturing the desert flora. There may be no better place to catch this month’s lunar eclipse and Geminid meteor showers. Especially if you are doing so while soaking in a hot spring under billions (and billions) of stars.


    15 Quirky Shopping Spots in Los Angeles
    Are you broke, a big-box store refugee, a militant recycler, a connoisseur of mom and pops, or just someone looking to outfit a home with something that isn’t owned by the teeming millions of Target shoppers? Attention indie shoppers: this list is for you.