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Still Ground…

We’re still posted up in the house, so this is your friendly reminder to wear a mask and wash your hands, people! To say the last few months have been difficult is like saying that hell is a little warm. The good news is that in between the hurt, I have found a few bright […]

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Since I’m Grounded…

Typically, this is the time of year I start to rack up frequent flyer miles. But, thanks to a global pandemic, my travel plans are on the chopping block. So, instead of a) running around and potentially becoming a COVID vector, or b) moping about relentlessly, I figured I’d put a little effort into a […]

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Half Moon Bay: A Delightful Day Trip

I got a new camera and couldn’t wait to use it. After poking around,  I had to test it out on the natural beauty of Half Moon Bay, a small beach town about a half hour outside of San Francisco. I dragged my sister over the hill and enjoyed a gorgeous drive through the beautiful […]

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San Jose Has Got It Going On

San Jose is a city that deserves so much more attention.

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Pinnacles National Park

As I mentioned in my post on Death Valley, I am obsessed with national parks. It is one of my travel goals to visit at least one park a year. This year, entirely by accident, I stumbled upon a less visited Northern California gem, Pinnacles National Park and  it was the perfect day hike spot. […]

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A Day in Downtown LA

It was Ashley of Death Valley fame’s birthday, so I popped down to LA for 24-hours to play in downtown LA. One of the things I love about Los Angeles is that it changes at a million miles an hour. Despite living there for more than a decade, there is always something new, something old […]

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Union Square, San Francisco – I’ll Stop Avoiding You

Anyone who lives in a major city has an area of town they would rather lick their boot than go near. For me, that’s the Union Square area. It is perpetually packed with tourists, walking too slow, five-across the sidewalk and it makes me want to tear my hair out. In fact, before a couple […]