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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

A fish swam into a concrete wall. Oh dam. Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is located in the northwestern corner of Yosemite National Park and supplies drinking water to residents of the San Francisco Bay area. The reservoir is contained by the massive 430-foot O'Shaughnessy Dam, which was built in the 1920s along the main stem of… Continue reading Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

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Prague 3: National Monument on Vitkov Hill

The day of our return to Prague, Michael and I headed to the Národní památník, the National Monument on Vitkov Hill while Sami and Nate took naps following the long drive from Berlin. This museum is dedicated to the history of the statehood of Czechoslovakia: from its foundation in 1918 to its end in 1939… Continue reading Prague 3: National Monument on Vitkov Hill

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Historic Berlin: The Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall There are few events that occurred in my lifetime that perhaps have had such an impact on the Western world as the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. I recall as a young child hearing President Reagan's famous words and watching the aftermath from thousands of miles away, not really understanding… Continue reading Historic Berlin: The Berlin Wall

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Capitol Reef National Park

UPDATE: Flash flooding is a possibility during the summer months. Just one week after our visit, thunderstorms in the vicinity resulted in flash flooding that rushed through Grand Wash, totaling vehicles and trapping park visitors and even a few park rangers involved in the rescue. Fortunately, everyone was able to be rescued according to KSL… Continue reading Capitol Reef National Park

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Tale of Two Continents: A Whirlwind Adventure Through Istanbul

In front of the Blue Mosque As there are currently no direct flights from Los Angeles, California to Prague, Czech Republic, the only way to get to Prague is via a connecting flight from another European airport or Istanbul. As Turkish Airlines has been consistently the most economical option for getting to Prague, they're the… Continue reading Tale of Two Continents: A Whirlwind Adventure Through Istanbul