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Into the Woods: Despite fire and drought, Los Padres National Forest remains a beautiful...

Story and photos By Vince Burns More than four years after the Thomas Fire, it’s time to assess its lingering effects on our Los Padres National Forest. The giant fire...

Outside Chance

Happy Solstice, Ventana Monthly readers! Yes, it’s June, and that means another beautiful Central Coast summer is upon us. We celebrate the season and our local environs with an issue...

Strolling Through History: Taking in culture and environment at the Chumash Indian Museum

By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik housand Oaks might be better known for its numerous shopping centers, posh suburban enclaves, top-notch performing arts center and proximity...

Bates Road, Memory Lane: Discussing family history and the Central Coast with Stephen Bates.

By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer tephen Bates is perhaps best known as an expert on free speech, censorship and media politics. The graduate of Harvard Law School is a professor...

Mountains of the Moon: Braving mud, mist and monkeys on a climb through Uganda’s...

PEAK PERFORMANCE Margherita Peak (elev. 16,763 feet) is the highest summit on Mount Stanley in the Rwenzori Range of Uganda. Story and photos by Chuck Graham It was raining monkeys. To...

SEASIDE SAFARI: Teeming with flora and fauna, Monterey Bay and Elkhorn Slough are meccas...

SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS Seagrass waves gracefully beneath kayakers paddling through the calm, glassy waters of Elkhorn Slough. Photo by Chuck Graham Story and photos by Chuck Graham The deep submarine...