If you're passing through the Central California coast and you see a sign advertising "Hearst Castle" do yourselves a favor and stop in for a couple of hours. Though not actually a castle — it more resembles a small Spanish village complete with faux-church — the compound shows off the kind of opulence you'd be hard pressed to find this side of Dubai. The "backyard" as Hearst called it was miles and miles of California and the front yard was pristine beach as far as the eye could see. Things change, but not always for the better. Lotte explains in Ray Wert's timely post on How Volcanic Ash Can Kill An Airpline how some things are getting worse.
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