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Summer Camping Series: Mount Laguna

Labor Day - the traditional end of summer (although fall doesn’t technically start until three weeks later) and that three day weekend right after the first week of school has become a popular holiday for spending time outdoors. Gotta soak... Continue Reading →

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Celebrating Fall at the Ludwigsburg Kürbisfest

Summer’s almost over and the fall season is just around the corner.  That means cool weather, cozy sweaters, changing leaves, and pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING.  If you think this seasonal obsession with pumpkin is just an American thing, think again.  In... Continue Reading →

A Glimpse into the Past at Rancho Los Cerritos

One of my favorite things to do when I’m on vacation is visiting historic sites, whether it be churches and castles in Europe, temples in Asia or ancient structures in Mexico, I love envisioning what life was like in that... Continue Reading →

Discovering Point Loma: Ocean Views and State History on the San Diego Bay

There’s no doubt that San Diego is a beautiful city.  I might be biased since I grew up there, but I’m pretty sure a ton of people agree with me.  There is so much to see and do; sandy beaches... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Walhalla. Now Where’s Thor?

Just outside Regensburg, about 20 minutes by bus, is a most interesting sight. Something you wouldn't expect to see in a tiny little town in Bavaria. A German hall of fame inside a Roman neo-classical building named after the mytical... Continue Reading →

Pyramids, Tequila & Tortas: A Cultural & Culinary Tour

Only about an hour outside of Guadalajara is the town of Tequila.  It’s not a very large town and if you haven’t heard of it, you’ve definitely heard of its major product.  Yes, the sleepy town of Tequila produces the... Continue Reading →

Summer Camping Series: Sequoia!

Raise your hand if you love National Parks! *raises hand* But I have a confession to make. Until earlier this year, when I visited Joshua Tree the only National Park in California I’d visited was Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.... Continue Reading →

Summer Camping Series: Lake Cachuma

Summer vacations might not be a thing anymore after leaving school, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the longer hours and warmer weather with a weekend get away. If you’re looking for a thrifty way to step away from... Continue Reading →

Three Reasons You Should Try Camping

When I was growing up my parents and I used to camp a lot.  We would go on week-long excursions to Northern California, or camp along the Baja peninsula on the way to our timeshare in Cabo San Lucas.  My... Continue Reading →

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