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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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Celebrations in the Time of Covid

This past Saturday was my Sami’s birthday. It was a big one- number 13- marking the end of her childhood years, and the beginning of her walk over the bridge to adulthood. We began the day with breakfast with her dad, with the plan to open gifts and have cake later that evening, and schedule… Continue reading Celebrations in the Time of Covid

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Hiking the Peaks of the Angeles: Mt. Islip

The view from Windy Gap For breathtaking views of the San Gabriel Valley and the Los Angeles Basin to the Mojave Desert and the lower peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains, all from 8250 feet and without all the crowds, Mt. Islip is the hike for you. There are two routes that can be taken… Continue reading Hiking the Peaks of the Angeles: Mt. Islip

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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