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National Parks Week 2021

Exploring in Petrified Forest National Park Every year, by presidential proclamation, we celebrate National Parks Week, recognizing the impact that national parks have in preserving the important natural, cultural, and historic resources of our nation. It's no secret that I love national parks. The collection of junior ranger badges that I've collected- along with my… Continue reading National Parks Week 2021

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Reopening the Happiest Place on Earth

In a sure sign that life is slowly returning to what used to be normal, Disneyland and California Adventure parks will be reopening on April 30, 2021. This is a huge for Anaheim and Orange County, as the parks' closure over the past year has cost the Disney company an estimated 2.4 billion dollars in… Continue reading Reopening the Happiest Place on Earth

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Desert Vibes: Indio and Palm Springs

Enjoying the warm desert evening at Wyndham Indio Two weekends ago, Sami and I took a mini break to get away from the stress of virtual learning and life in Los Angeles County. I love Indio as it is an easy two hour getaway from where we are down Interstate 10, and the World Mark… Continue reading Desert Vibes: Indio and Palm Springs

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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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Chasing Waterfall Hikes

It's going to be a million degrees here in So Cal this Labor Day weekend. So in typical Southern California style, we are going in search of some water to cool off in the shade of forest settings. Here are some of my favorite waterfall hikes, easily accessible from the foothill communities along Interstate 210.… Continue reading Chasing Waterfall Hikes