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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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Biscayne Bay

Biscayne Bay is a spectacular body of water, it's bright blue-green waves extending from the shores of Miami down to the northernmost Florida Keys. The bay covers approximately 428 square miles. It is a shallow estuary, the largest in southeast Florida, and contiguous with Florida Bay and the Everglades. Port Miami, Florida's second largest port… Continue reading Biscayne Bay

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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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Sunshine State of Mind: The Florida Keys

So Florida: Moonrise off Key West at the Southernmost Point There are many songs about the Florida Keys, with perhaps The Beach Boys' "Kokomo" perhaps being the most well-known. I remember this song being played on a cassette tape while road tripping in the family car when I was a kid. The song describes an… Continue reading Sunshine State of Mind: The Florida Keys

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The Fires Around Us

It has been a sad week here in the San Gabriel Valley. Since Labor Day weekend, amidst a record-breaking, infernal heat wave, the mountains above us have been scorched by fire. A persistent brown-grey cloud has hovered over the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and the valley below, causing extremely poor air quality, yet… Continue reading The Fires Around Us