Here’s why you should still take a Highway 1 road trip, despite the massive pile of dirt covering it

By Alix Martichoux, SFGATE Published 1:44 pm, Monday, February 26, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Photo: Monterey County Sheriff's Office Image 1of/30 CaptionClose Image 1 of 30 | REASONS TO TAKE A HIGHWAY 1 ROAD TRIP A massive landslide came crashing onto Highway 1 in Gorda in May of 2017, closing a stretch of the highway in southern Monterey County. But there are still plenty of things to see on the road to Big Sur. Click through this slideshow for some of the best Continue Reading

‘RelationShep’ recap: It worked! Shep Rose is getting married now. JK. Can you imagine?

Here is a list of revelations that have shocked me at the very same low level as finding out, in the end, that the 37-year-old man on the “I’m ready to grow up and be in a long-term relationship now” show ditched the grown women who were actually ready for long-term relationships and instead went for the 24-year-old who couldn’t even be bothered to stay on a show she had committed to: ▪  My 60-something-year-old neighbor falls asleep in her recliner while watching “Dancing with the Stars.” Big shocker. Also, close the blinds, Ruth. ▪  My cat has been humped by my dog, lipstick-out ... I don’t know what to say about this. I’ve been in denial for a while. ▪  Jax Taylor turned EVERYTHING around on Brittany on the most recent episode of “Vanderpump Rules.” Sadly predictable. ▪  The presence of dog poo in my kitchen trash was not enough to keep me from thinking, “Technically those cupcakes I threw out to keep myself from eating any more of them aren’t TOUCHING the poo so …DO YOU HEAR YOURSELF, WOMAN?” Yes, I do. But I’m not really all that surprised at myself. ▪  The couple accused of chaining up their 13 children look like this. I mean, come on. That bowl cut is screaming “I’m probably the kind of guy who sends toenail clippings to female politicians; who probably tells my wife that ‘family naked fun time’ is something God wants us to do but only when she’s out running errands; who probably has authored more than 11,575 versions of the same manifesto, titled ‘I’m the Only Man on Earth Who Knows the World Is Ending on (series of dates crossed out and rewritten in pen then rewritten in pencil but with really bad eraser marks).’” Meanwhile, her mugshot is like “I don’t know. I don’t ask a lot of questions. Do we get sandwiches here?” In other Continue Reading

Agricultural leaders search for solutions to rural opioid crisis, problem that come on ‘so fast’

While many consider rural America the hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, the scope of the problem is even larger in farming and ranching communities, recent statistics show. But these communities have been relatively silent when it comes to addressing the issue.Indiana’s AgrIInstitute, a leadership development organization for the agricultural industry, wants to see that change. Friday it hosted its first ever daylong symposium on rural opioid addiction at the Boone County Fairgrounds.      Opioids affect the agricultural industry in several ways, said Beth Archer, the AgrIInstitute executive director. Agriculture jobs come with a high risk of injury, and such injuries may be treated with prescription opioids that can be the gateway to addiction. Once addicted, an agricultural worker on the job faces increased risk of injury.“We know this stuff exists but agriculture is a very proud industry,” Archer said, explaining why the field is just now beginning to discuss the problem. ► State of Addiction: Find more stories about opioids in Indiana Archer brought in high-end speakers for the event, including Dreamland author Sam Quinones and Indiana native Anne Hazlett, assistant to the secretary for rural development of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.When she started planning the event, Archer said, she expected about 100 to 150 people to attend.Instead, about 400 people packed the hall, including a woman who flew in from Alaska.“That tells me there’s not a lot out there,” she said.The lack of previous discussion, however, does not equate to the lack of a problem.A December survey, sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union, found that just under half of rural adults reported being affected by opioid abuse, compared with almost three-quarters, or 74 percent, of farmers and farm workers.Dan Krouse, general manager of Midwest Poultry Services, has Continue Reading

10 things you didn’t know your Amazon Echo could do

Did you just unwrap a shiny, new Amazon Echo device? Or maybe you already have one and you’re getting a little tired just streaming endless hours of holiday music.You might already know that Alexa can convert teaspoons to tablespoons, time the food you put in the oven and tell jokes you can repeat at work. But the digital assistant in Amazon's Echo speakers is capable of so much more. It now has more than 25,000 skills at the ready — everything from ordering a pizza to booking a vacation.Okay, Alexa can’t actually feed Fido for you. But Alexa does connect to smart dog feeders like Furbo or Petnet, so you can tell it to dish out the treats while you’re stuck in traffic or running the kids around to school stuff. If you happen to have a Link AKC smart collar, Alexa can even tell you how much exercise your precious pooch has gotten today.Just with Alexa alone, though, you can enable The Dog Feeder skill and say, “Alexa, ask the dog if we fed her.” Alexa will tell you when she last ate and ask if you plan to feed her. Say, “Yes.” Or “No.” That’s how the app knows when the dog was last fed, so you have to set it up like this from the start. It's a little awkward, but this is a great skill if your dog is a mastermind at making everyone believe she hasn’t been fed yet. More: 10 handy things you probably don’t know Netflix can do More: The wildest, wackiest tech gadgets of the year Alexa also orders dinner for your human family from skills like GrubHub, Amazon Restaurants, Domino’s, and Pizza Hut. Add in the MySomm skill and it turns Alexa into Wine Gal, your personal wine sommelier that can give you wine recommendations for your meals. Enable the skill through the app or online and then say, "Alexa, ask Wine Gal to recommend a wine for pumpkin pie.” (It’s the holidays — don’t judge.)As soon as the holidays are over though, this Continue Reading

Fasting: A trending food idea and new frontier in longevity science

People have been losing weight by counting calories for years. But some recent medical studies are trying to prove that if you want the ultimate benefit of better dietary habits — less diseases and a longer life — your body may need to think you're eating less often, too. Longevity scientists are studying food fasting to find out if regular periods of going without any food, or making your body think you are going without food, could be a key to lengthening the human lifespan. "When you consume calories also plays a role," said Sebastian Brandhorst, data analyst at the Longevity Institute, based at the University of Southern California, who is involved in pioneering studies with what is called the fast-mimicking diet (FMD), a way to eat that tricks the body into thinking that a person is fasting. Backers of the research say the results are encouraging. Under the direction of the Longevity Institute's Dr. Valter Longo, a fasting diet has been tested on yeast, rodents and a small group of humans. The effects produced lead researchers to argue for larger clinical trials in humans. Longo also has launched a for-profit start-up business, L-Nutra, to sell the fasting diet to the public. The yeast test was the closest to actual fasting. Researchers moved yeast between a nutrient fluid diet to water every two days. The results showed that prolonged fasting in yeast resulted in a longer lifespan. The research institute also put rodents on a fast-mimicking diet twice a month for four days. At the end of each FMD period, blood glucose levels were 40 percent lower, a finding the study's authors suggest may show that fasting can help with diabetes and other degenerative diseases. The Continue Reading

Meet the People Who Listen to Podcasts at Super-Fast Speeds

Rachel Kenny started listening to podcasts in 2015 — and quickly fell behind. "As I started subscribing to more and more podcasts, they started stacking up, and I couldn't keep up at normal speed," the 26-year-old data scientist in Indianapolis told BuzzFeed News. "I also had to listen to the backlist of all the podcasts when I subscribed to them." So Kenny began listening faster: first at 2x, then she worked her way up to 3x. She stopped only because "that's just as fast as the Downcast app allows." She estimates that she listens to five to seven hours of podcasts a day (which equals 15 to 21 hours at normal speed), "so maybe 20 to 40 episodes a day or 100 to 250 a week," she said. She tracks her listening habits on a spreadsheet.Kenny's listening habits may be extreme, but she's not alone. Meet the podfasters, a subset of podcast obsessives who listen to upward of 50 episodes a week, by, like Kenny, listening extremely fast. They're an exclusive group: According to Marco Arment, creator of the Overcast podcast app, only around 1% of Overcast listeners use speeds of 2x or higher. (An app called Rightspeed, which costs $2.99, allows you to listen at up to 10x.)Podcast consumers listen to an average of five podcasts per week, according to a recent study, which seems like a nice, manageable number: enough time to listen to a true crime podcast or two, a long comedy podcast, maybe a dash of politics. But for some people, that's just not enough: Over 20% of podcast consumers listen to more than six per week, and podfasters — well, they listen to a lot more. You could read these tendencies as a symptom of our sped-up culture, of a listening population too impatient or distracted to listen to anything for longer than, say, half an hour. But also, in the same way that peak TV and streaming has led to a culture of bingeing shows, we're now in peak podcast — there are a lot of good shows, and not enough time to listen to them.But in conversations with Continue Reading

This is 40! Newser Rich O’Malley celebrates milestone birthday with one epic sports-spectating journey

I was a mess when I was young. I'm talking about in July, of course, when I was planning out my 40th birthday trip. I put together a jaunt around the Midwest to see a couple of baseball games. It's what I've always done: sat down with a map and schedules and chiseled away at reason until I've crammed in as much as a person can possibly do in 48 hours or five days or whatever amount of time I have. I check out not only baseball, but whatever other sports are in season … concerts … slices of Americana just off the highway (world's largest thermometer? Field of Dreams? Four Corners? Check, check, check). But this time … call it old age, call it laziness, call it exasperation at other failed 40th bash endeavors (we'll get to them) … I never looked at the NFL schedule. I NEVER LOOKED AT THE NFL SCHEDULE. Friends to whom I admitted this doubted my very core. Who WAS I anymore? Where was Rich? Putting together sports road trips is my raison d'etre, my love: I do them for fun! I do them knowing I'll never take them! "Oh, look, you could get four NFL games in one long weekend, Thursday through Monday" … "Oh, look, you can get Philly and Baltimore in one day" … that kind of thing. So when, exactly one week before my birthday, exactly three days before my departure, with all plane tickets and most car rentals and hotels already in hand, I saw that the New York Jets, my miserable scalawag of a favorite team, were the Monday Night Football game in Indianapolis, a mere four-hour drive from Detroit, where I was to spend the night … and THEN that the Sunday Night game was in Green Bay, three hours from where I was that day in Milwaukee … well, something broke. I had lost my way. I blew it. I was red-faced and red in the face. And I determined to turn a manageable stroll down baseball memory lane into a balls-out, screaming indictment of the age I was about to turn. I would no longer look at 40 as my death Continue Reading

Running Doc: Everything you need to know to stay healthy before, during and after NYC Marathon

Dear Running Doc: I am training to run my first marathon at this year's NYC marathon. I am following the NYC Marathon/NYRR training info. Any tips? — Emily M. New York, NY. Thanks Emily for the question. Yearly I write my first timer and seasoned marathoner tips so everyone can benefit. Now is great time to do this as we are beginning fall marathon season. My office is brimming with patients here in NYC as runners up their mileage so I hope this helps everyone! General nutrition * For athletes, water is the drink of choice for both general health and for runs lasting under 90 minutes. * Sports drinks should be consumed (along with water) for runs lasting over 90 minutes in duration. * Do rely on your thirst mechanism to indicate signs of dehydration. * It is vital to stay well hydrated throughout the day. The color of your urine should be lemonade color. Urine that is darker or approaches the amber color is a signal that you are dehydrated and need to drink more fluids. Clear urine means you are drinking too much. * While there is much debate regarding the proper mix of foods, aim for 65 percent of total calories coming from carbohydrates. * Emphasize healthy foods in your diet along with limiting fried and high fat foods. Preparing for the Long Run Let's assume your long run is scheduled for Sunday morning: * Drink appropriate amounts of water all day Saturday. * Eat meals high in carbohydrates (65%) for lunch and dinner Saturday. Selecting the "right" foods is an important area of experimentation. * Avoid foods with excessive protein/fat all day Saturday. * Drink about 16 oz. of water or sports drink Sunday morning prior to your long run. * Eat a light snack Sunday morning prior to your long run. This is also an important experimentation area in regard to food selection. * Drink appropriate amounts of fluids while running. Drink no more than 1 cup (8 ounces) of fluid every 20 minutes Continue Reading

Is there a ‘best time of day’ to eat?

It’s amazing how many things we accept as truth without any supporting scientific evidence. For example, there is a long-standing belief that it’s best to consume most of your calories early in the day when you are physically active. In this way, the calories you consume will be burned off during the activity. Conversely, eating late in the day when you are less active causes most of the calories consumed to go into storage as fat.This assumption is so well accepted that leading weight loss programs tell their clients to limit the food they consume in the evening as much as possible. What does science say about this?This assumption was put to the test and researchers reported their findings in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders. Over a 10 year span, the eating habits of 7,400 men and women in the U.S. were followed. Of prime interest was the percentage of daily calories consumed after 5 p.m.Results of the study revealed that (all things being equal) the time of day subjects consumed their calories had no influence on their gaining or losing weight. So, how did the time of day myth get started and why did it continue, handed down from one generation to the next?No one can be certain, but I suspect it has more to do with uncontrolled late night snacking than anything else. Think about what happens in the evening. We disengage, having fulfilled our commitments, and we finally allow ourselves time to relax, typically in front of the TV. As we sit and watch, what do we see? Commercials with delicious fast foods and treats that spur our interest, even though we are not hungry.Soon, our mind wanders because we are not engaged and focused as we are earlier in the day, and a likely place for our mind to wander is into the kitchen cupboards loaded with sludgy snack foods. In other words, evenings are a prime time to indulge in hundreds of extra calories.Extra means not necessary in order to meet daily caloric requirements. Continue Reading

Review: 2015 Kia Soul helps to preserve souls, and sanity

Full Car Details More Reviews You never know what lies around the next curve, and that’s why buying a safe car matters. A fellow dad that I’ve gotten to know through our kids’ school understands the importance of choosing a vehicle with excellent crash-test ratings better than many people. He’s a police officer, and he works nights. Safety is important to him in part because of what he has witnessed on Southern California highways, but also because he has personal experience with surviving the unexpected. FOLLOW DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. 'LIKE' US HERE.  Last December, after two consecutive night shifts separated by a day of holiday-related family gatherings, this exhausted husband, father, and public servant fell asleep while driving home in his new Kia Soul, and rolled it on a freeway interchange transition ramp. Having walked away from the wreck with little more than bumps and bruises, he credits the Kia’s top-notch crash-test ratings for his survival. With a single exception, the Soul earns the highest possible ratings in every single collision-related assessment conducted by the NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Where does it fall just a bit short? The front passenger seating position earns a 4-star rating instead of 5 stars in the NHTSA’s frontal-impact test. Nevertheless, the Soul’s overall performance is undeniably impressive, especially for a vehicle that costs as little as $16,015 (including the $825 destination charge). LEARN MORE ABOUT THE KIA SOUL HERE. My test car, painted Alien green, was a bit pricier than that. Equipped with Exclaim trim (represented with an exclamation mark), a set of floor mats, and “The Whole Shabang Package” (yes, it’s really called this), totaled up to $26,835. Even at that price it’s absolutely worth every penny, because the Soul oozes Continue Reading