By Justin Jaech
The Times 

Palouse Outdoors: Escape to Gaviota State Park


Brad Trumbo

The interior of a "wind cave" shows beautifully unique erosion patterns.

When winter settles into the Walla Walla Valley like it did this year, short days and frigid temperatures compound into cabin fever in a hurry. Luckily, southeast Washington is the center of the universe, making travel to warmer climes quick and easy.

Ali and I escaped to L.A. in mid-February and followed the coast north to Santa Barbara for a week of shorts and tees and walks on the beach. I was less than enthusiastic about making a trip to an unfamiliar major city, given my life's mission of fleeing human development, but Santa Barbara was worth the visit on its own merits. The food, bre...

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