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Scorching Scottsdale, Arizona

Chaparral Park, Scottsdale After our week-long epic adventure to remember through Arizona and Utah, we returned to the San Gabriel Valley for the weekend. That was short-lived however, because on the following Tuesday, I was off to Scottsdale again on family business. This was not a bad thing. Even in the dry desert heat, Scottsdale… Continue reading Scorching Scottsdale, Arizona

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Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona is a hiker's paradise. Located on the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau in central Arizona, Sedona is famous for its red rock formations and eclectic culture. We've driven through this part of Arizona before. Back in 2012, we stopped in Sedona for a night on the way back from southern Colorado. While… Continue reading Sedona, Arizona

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Get Your Eats on Route 66

The mention of Route 66 evokes images of a bygone era- of old cars and cross country road trips, summers spent national parking with stops at diners for a slice of pie and a cup of joe. In some ways, the old route, or at least portions of it, was what brought my family to… Continue reading Get Your Eats on Route 66

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Exploring Prague: A Food-Filled Adventure

Sami in Wenceslas Square- waiting for Covid test results for the return home This visit to Prague was a bit different from my first trip with Emily to move her in back in August 2021. Three months later, and the season has changed to late autumn, and Emily is living like a local. After all,… Continue reading Exploring Prague: A Food-Filled Adventure

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Český Krumlov

From the moment we stepped off the bus at the station in Český Krumlov, it felt as though we were stepping into a fairy tale. The sweeping views of a medieval town nestled into rolling hills with the vibrant colors of autumn were like those one could find in a story book. And of course,… Continue reading Český Krumlov