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Swimming with Turtles in Maui

Maui and their Memorable Turtles I remember seeing this great poster at the airport, I forget what it was for – as is often the case with advertising – but what stood out were great turtles swimming through the ocean. I’ve always loved the ocean and the idea of...

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The Odd Town of Oatman, Arizona:
A Route 66 Adventure

It is hidden in the Black Mountains of Northern Arizona. The village is part ghost town, tourist stop, and wildlife sanctuary. It was named after a woman who never lived there. I had to travel twenty- six miles from Kingman up a steep and winding part of Route 66 that...

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14,114 feet – Pikes Peak Colorado

Standing miles above sea level, at such an incredible altitude, my gaze is directed past the camera to the striking curve of the Earth. At this point, the air is thin and each step I take is in the direction of less oxygen available than the last – alone, closer to...

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Whitney Plantation: A Different Kind of Tour

The Southern Plantation A Slave Past I’ve visited plenty of plantations in the southern states. Most are beautifully restored homes and the tours focus on the gentility of the antebellum south where the greatest discomfort is owed to corsets and multiple petticoats...

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The Last Stronghold of the Navajo, Canyon de Chelly

Exploring the History and Beauty of the Canyon The last rays of the setting sun painted the canyon walls a deep orange as they turned the bottom of the clouds reddish. I was at Tsegi Overlook taking in one of the classic views of Canyon de Chelly. Tsegi (Say-ih) is...

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Silversmithing in Breckenridge’s Arts District

When I think of Breckenridge, Colorado, I immediately think of skiing, so I wasn’t sure what to do when meeting a group of friends there during the off-season. Imagine my surprise to find myself trying my hand at silversmithing…transforming clay into a silver...

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Miramonte Indian Wells Resort and Spa

Miramonte Indian Wells Resort and Spa Getting in the car early I headed to Indian Wells for the Miramonte Indian Wells Resort and Spa and got an early start. Anytime I leave Los Angeles for the Palm Springs area there are certain truths. With a short two-hour drive, I...

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The Ghosts of Capitol Hill – Washington D.C.

Dancing statues. A blood stain that cannot be removed. A demon cat. And tragedies galore. It’s all part of the history of our nation’s capital in Washington D.C. I found Washington, D.C. to be a fascinating place. It’s steeped in history, and it’s a hotbed of...

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Swimming with Spinner Dolphins

An Obsession with Dolphins I have always loved dolphins. Growing up on the Southern California coast it was good luck if I spotted them from the freeway on my way to school. The Bottlenose dolphins that called the waters of my childhood home their own were my...

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Gatorland’s Gator Bait

Florida has plenty to do, especially in the city of commerce-Orlando. There are plenty of amazing theme parks in Florida, however, I searched for something different. Gatorland offered a wide range of experiences from rare animal shows to a thrilling zip line. There...

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