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Mt. Wilson Trail: First Water and Orchard Camp

The early morning fog along the trail I feel incredibly lucky to live in my section of California- the San Gabriel Valley, just under the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains. For here it seems that at the end of every quaint foothill street, there is a hiking trail to take one high up into… Continue reading Mt. Wilson Trail: First Water and Orchard Camp

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The Magic Returns: The 133rd Tournament of Roses

The Cal Poly Universities float: the cow figures out how to jump over the moon After a hiatus that was precedented only four times before due to World War II in the over 130 years of the Tournament of Roses, in a hopeful sign of normalcy, the Rose Parade has returned to Pasadena, California. This… Continue reading The Magic Returns: The 133rd Tournament of Roses

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The Nerdy Birdy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

The holidays are a time for spending time with family and friends. These gatherings are often centered around food, and in our circles, an abundance of sweet treats and fun- sometimes adult- beverages. Holiday baking is a long family tradition, especially with my girls. From preparing for winter school events to family gatherings, there's nothing… Continue reading The Nerdy Birdy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The Sunny Shores of San Diego

Well, mostly sunny. The mornings were very foggy in December. San Diego sunsets My last bit of busy autumn travel took me down to San Diego, California for the annual school boards education conference in early December. So after arriving home on a Saturday evening from our Thanksgiving trip to the Czech Republic and Istanbul,… Continue reading The Sunny Shores of San Diego

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Tale of Two Continents: A Whirlwind Adventure Through Istanbul

In front of the Blue Mosque As there are currently no direct flights from Los Angeles, California to Prague, Czech Republic, the only way to get to Prague is via a connecting flight from another European airport or Istanbul. As Turkish Airlines has been consistently the most economical option for getting to Prague, they're the… Continue reading Tale of Two Continents: A Whirlwind Adventure Through Istanbul