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California Fun Along the 110 Corridor

Last weekend, on a day that was not so fun, I found one silver lining in the middle of life's metaphorical hurricane. My trip required a drive on California State Route 110, also known as the Arroyo Seco Parkway. One of my very first freeway driving experiences was on 110 from South Pasadena to Los… Continue reading California Fun Along the 110 Corridor

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Welcome to Miami Heat

Miami is a hot spot, literally and figuratively. Being in a subtropical zone, the climate tends to be hot and humid, with afternoon thunderstorms. However, the crazy weather adds to the excitement of this vibrant city. According to the Census Bureau, Miami is the second largest city in Florida, following Jacksonville. It is also the… Continue reading Welcome to Miami Heat

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At Home in Homestead

Homestead, Florida is a remarkable place. I wrote about my dad's 1992 visit to Homestead following Hurricane Andrew, the third time the city had been decimated by hurricanes. As this resilient city has since recovered following Andrew 28 years ago, my visits have been very different. Homestead is home to the Homestead Air Reserve Base,… Continue reading At Home in Homestead

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Friday Fun Wine List: 2020 Edition

The Pessimist: the wine or the author? I should vinify a wine called "The Murder Hornet." I don't need to tell anyone that 2020 has been one hell of a strange year. The 'Roaring 20's' certainly came in with a snarl, albeit in totally the wrong direction, and the sense of impending doom felt by… Continue reading Friday Fun Wine List: 2020 Edition

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Great California Road Trips: Fun on the U.S. 395

Driving Whitney Portal Road, just off U.S. 395 The U.S. 395 is a major north-south highway that connects California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington to the Canadian border. It has its southern terminus at Interstate 15 in the middle of nowhere, California, close to the city of Hesperia. While it has its beginning in the dullness… Continue reading Great California Road Trips: Fun on the U.S. 395