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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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Snow Much Fun

There’s something magical about snow covered mountains. This is especially true in Southern California where we really don’t get snow at elevations under about 5000 feet. Last weekend, as we prepared for the advent of spring, we headed up our local mountains in search of an adventure for our pets. About an hour away from… Continue reading Snow Much Fun

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Mountains of Monrovia

Penny and I enjoy the mountain views. With the state of California slowly opening up, I am happy to report that for the past several weeks, parks and playgrounds across Los Angeles County have been open. We still have to follow social distancing procedures and wear masks, but to be honest, after these many months,… Continue reading Mountains of Monrovia

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Dog Days at the Beach

Owen's leash drags behind him as he plays in the Pacific. In these golden years of our Golden’s life, we’ve been adventuring more with him and trying to make the most of the time. He's been a part of our family since his adoption at the Pasadena Humane Society over eight years ago, and although… Continue reading Dog Days at the Beach