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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…

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…

Sea Lion City: Diving Los Coronados from San Diego thumbnail

Pretty much from the moment I got certified seven years ago, it's just been a given: when I'm traveling near or around a body of water, I'm looking up the local diving in the area. Once I realized I was heading to California for two weeks and would have a dive buddy in the form of…

San Diego is For the Dogs: A Pet Friendly Travel Guide thumbnail

I think I've had a pretty wide breadth of experience when it comes to travel. I've traveled alone, I've traveled with friends, I've traveled with family, I've traveled with flings and serious boyfriends. But until recently, I've never traveled with the love of my life: my eleven-year-old cocker spaniel, Tucker. Regular readers know that Tucker is…

Burning Man Budget 2015 thumbnail

A week without money – the gifting culture and decommodification of Burning Man is one of the things I love most about it. Still, while nothing can be bought or sold on the actual playa, anyone who has ever made it through the gates of black rock city knows it’s not cheap to get there. I…

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