On the first-ever road trip edition of the California Now Podcast, Johnson gets out of the studio and explores Southern California’s awe-inspiring night sky. His stargazing adventure begins in San Diego, where he hobnobs with the CEO of the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park and gets a sense of what to look for when he gazes up toward the heavens.
A stop in the charming mountain town of Julian provides the opportunity to visit a bed-and-breakfast that caters to amateur astronomers. Just before sunset, Johnson arrives in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the only International Dark Sky Community in the state of California, to enjoy a fascinating guided tour through the universe. After a luxurious night at La Casa Del Zorro, Johnson drives through Joshua Tree National Park—he takes the less-traveled Southern Entrance and as a result enjoys relative solitude—as he continues on to learn about the star parties held in Twentynine Palms.
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