Aaron Carnes

Contributing Writer, Via

Aaron is a hard-working freelance writer with a focus on music, art, food, culture and travel. In addition to Good Times, he's a regular contributor to Sacramento News & Review, Via magazine, and Playboy. When he's not working, he's either backpacking, arguing about music or working on his book about ska. One thing's for sure—he knows more about ska than you.


Balanced Rock in Idaho on a clear blue day.

Balanced Rock: Idaho's Oddball Outcropping

This unusual formation is held up by just a tiny base.
Low tide reveals stumps on Neskowin Beach, Oregon, picture

Discover Oregon's Haunting Neskowin Ghost Forest

An ancient forest sprouts from the sand near Lincoln City, Oregon.
Columbian mammoth on exhibit the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, photo

Best Day Trip Destinations Outside Reno, Nevada

Venture beyond Reno to these five charming stopovers loaded with history, fine shops and great eats.
kayaker paddles through underground cave at Natural Bridges near Vallecito, California, picture

Natural Bridges Cave in the Sierra

Follow a tree-lined creek into a deep, cool cavern where the walls are alive with stories.