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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

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San Diego Adventures: Beyond the Beach

For many, San Diego, California evokes images of beaches, craft beer, and Mexican food joints on every block. And while this is totally true- some of the best Mexican food with craft beer I've ever had was in San Diego- there is a lot more to do than hang out at the beach with your… Continue reading San Diego Adventures: Beyond the Beach

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A Day Among Giants: Sequoia National Park

Giant forest and the General Sherman Tree I love places that make me feel small, places that remind me of my infinitesimal spot in the universe. Standing among the giants of Sequoia National Park, home to some of the oldest and largest trees in the world, is a beautiful place to do just that. With… Continue reading A Day Among Giants: Sequoia National Park

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America’s Everglades

One of the Everglades' famous alligators While on a short hop to Miami, Florida, in the southeastern United States, we decided to spend a day at Everglades National Park. The South Florida peninsula is naturally a wetland, and water once freely flowed from Lake Okeechobee south to the Florida Bay. Manmade activities and development, both… Continue reading America’s Everglades

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California’s Electric Blue Waves

The sun sets off the coast of San Clemente, California After weeks of staying within about a five-mile radius of home, this past weekend we headed down Interstate 5 to San Clemente in south Orange County, California. The main purpose was to celebrate Mother's Day with the Grammy and Grandpa Haas, who we haven't seen… Continue reading California’s Electric Blue Waves