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The Great Escape: Month 52 Roundup thumbnail

Oh, my monthly roundups. They are so ridiculously out of sync with real time now that I've considered axing the entire series, as I did recently with Photo of the Week. Yet I know this series has some loyal fans -- and I'm one of them! Apologies for the delay, but I suppose better is late…

Hike Your Heart Out Koh Tao: The Burmese Pagoda thumbnail

Welcome to my newest Koh Tao series! Hiking is one of my favorite things to do on Koh Tao, and I try to hit a trail at least once a week when I'm on the island. While in many ways Koh Tao is a hiker's paradise, it's also a secret one -- there's no trail map…

See You On The Flip Side: A Review of the Flypside App thumbnail

Is anyone else loving the new Facebook memories that pop up on your timeline every so often these days? Okay, I admit it, sometimes I'm cringing instead of laughing. Still, it's always fun to look back over your shoulder. But what about looking forward and squinting at what's ahead? That's definitely my jam too. Enter Flypside…

Reflections on Seven Months of Stillness thumbnail

Physically, the key I dangled from my finger was little more than an intricately cut, nearly weightless piece of brass. But as I looked down at this particular sliver of metal for the last time, it felt like much more. Giving a spare one to a neighbor is a sign of trust. Presenting a fresh one…

A Top Down Tour of Joshua Tree National Park thumbnail

Have you ever wished that the whimsical destinations dreamed up by Dr. Seuss were real, and you could visit them yourself? At Joshua Tree National Park, you kind of can.  Last summer, I was bit hard by the national parks bug. I bought the America The Beautiful Parks Pass while visiting Grand Canyon and the Glen…

Decadent Days in the Palm Springs Desert thumbnail

As a pretty recent convert to the cult of California, there are almost endless options of new destinations for me to explore in the Golden State. Yet still, when planning out my two weeks there last fall, I was itching to return to Palm Springs. I'd loved my brief stay there the previous year, and vowed…

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