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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…

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…

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…

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…

Tucker’s Tales: San Diego Edition thumbnail

By Tucker Baackes Greetings, humans! It's your favorite canine here, checking in with my latest dlog update. (Get it? dog blog? Try to keep up, guys -- your brains are bigger than mine, though I have some thoughts on quality over quantity when it comes to this particular match up.) A lot has happened around…

Tips for Greening Your Burn thumbnail

I’ve heard the phrase, "the playa gives you the burn you need, not the burn you want." Over the past several years I’ve been inching closer and closer towards the goal of a sustainable life. Perhaps the challenges my camp presented me with were a gift, in a way – a reminder that this is…

Learning to Love Los Angeles thumbnail

It's no secret that Los Angeles and I haven't exactly been fast friends. I had only ever spent a brief few days in the city en route to a friend's Palm Springs wedding when my dad announced his plan to move to the west coast around this time last year. My trip to visit over…

The Burning Man Blues thumbnail

For me, Burning Man is some parts magical and some parts frustrating and some parts blissful and some parts devastating, just like everything that regular life is – except also dusty. There is so much gushing with positivity around Burning Man that I feel almost embarrassed to admit that two years in a row, I…

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