Red-nosed flying Rudy

In a whimsical mood, the dog and I set out in search of proof of Christmas in the Santa Monica Mountains: a sighting of elves, scrumptious giant candy canes, silver bells the size of bowling balls or maybe a tubby whitewhiskered bespectacled gent in red flannel union suit.
This is what happens when you watch “The Polar Express” 20 times while sipping spiked eggnog.
We head for the 2.5-mile segment of the Backbone trail that climbs from Mulholland Highway in Malibu to Etz- Melo...

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