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Eight Days in La La Land thumbnail

Yeah, the helicopter ride was pretty epic. But what else did I get up to for more than eight days of visiting my dad in LA? Plenty! But with no guests to entertain and no new residents to settle in, it was a very low key one -- one almost like a local might live. We…

Father’s Day from Above: A Helicopter Ride over Los Angeles thumbnail

When you travel or live abroad long term, it's inevitable that you're going to miss a lot of the important little holidays and events that you don't really realize are so special until you don't have the choice to be around for them. Like Father's Day, for example. Ever since I started spending more of them away…

Summer in San Francisco thumbnail

Last summer, while planning my now-annual visit to California to visit my dad, I added in a new stop that I hope becomes a regular one -- San Francisco. One of my hometown best friends had recently moved cross-country to settle in Lower Pacific Heights, and I couldn't wait to explore the amazing life she'd created…

Howl’oween Is For The Dogs thumbnail

When I decided to spend Halloween in Los Angeles over New York, I had one major motivation. Yes, memories of cold, rainy nights in a damp costume certainly dissuaded me from my East Coast option. But Los Angeles? Los Angeles had Tucker. Game over. Tucker has always been pretty down for dress up time -- or…

Day of the Dead in the City of Angels thumbnail

Jumping ahead to bring you some close-to-real-time coverage of my favorite holidays, since apparently some people don't like reading about Christmas in July. When I was messing around with my fall calendar, trying to figure out when to be where, one date stuck out to me as important: October 31st. As one of my favorite annual…

My Thirteen Favorite US Travel Destinations thumbnail

Happy independence day, America! They say it takes leaving home to appreciate the beauty of your own backyard, and in my evolution as a traveler, I’ve found that to be true. There was a time when not a single one of the fifty states seemed adventurous enough to quench my thirst for all things exotic, but…

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…

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