• Surfing in Lahaina

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    Maybe it’s because I grew up in the desert, or because my father played the Beach Boys and Jimmy Buffett on near-constant repeat through most of my childhood, but I am a little obsessed with the beach and the ocean. I assume that’s why I think surfing is the coolest sport in the world. Yes, you […]

  • The Feast at Lele

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    While it’s certainly possible to visit Hawaii without going to a luau, I wouldn’t recommend it. Some luaus are better than others, of course, and it seems like the kind of super tourist-y activity I try to avoid. But it really is the best and easiest way to learn a little about the history and […]

  • Surfing Goat Dairy farm

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    YOU GUYS. There is a goat farm in Maui… and the goats know how to surf. OK, so maybe the goats don’t actually know how to surf. But I’m sure they could learn. Don’t they look smart? We had eaten some Surfing Goat cheese the last time we were in Maui, and Isabel and I had an […]

  • Mt. Rainier

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    On a clear day in Tacoma, Mt. Rainier is hard to miss. You walk out of the door or glance in a certain direction, and it takes your breath away. It’s enormous and beautiful and intimidating, and when I unexpectedly had a free afternoon on a work trip to Joint Base Lewis-McChord not too long […]

  • Garden of the Gods

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    Even though I’ve had the opportunity to travel to some really awesome places for work, I don’t usually have much free time in the places I visit. Sometimes, I don’t even have time to eat a proper meal! But even when my schedule is packed, I try to make a little time to get out and explore […]

  • Where to eat in Las Vegas

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    According to movies and TV, Las Vegas is all about drinking, gambling, waking up with a tiger in your bathroom and marrying people you’ve known for less than 12 hours. But though Sin City is defined by slot machines, expensive drinks and general debauchery, you don’t have to subsist on cocktail olives and shady buffet […]

  • Baby rhino at the Safari Park!

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    Just about everyone knows about the awesomeness of the San Diego Zoo, but I hadn’t heard of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park until we moved here. We first went about a year ago, but I had been wanting to go back to see the recently completed Tiger Trail, and to see the baby rhino. […]

  • Holiday tea at the Townsend Hotel

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    I hope you all had a fantastic New Year’s Eve and are having a fabulous 2015 so far! I am going to start a series of resolution-themed posts tomorrow, but first I wanted to share some photos and thoughts from one more holiday tea! The Townsend Hotel is a crazy-beautiful, opulent hotel in Birmingham, Michigan. […]

  • Las luminarias

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    If you live near Phoenix or are traveling there in the next week, you have to go see the luminaries at the Desert Botanical Garden. We lived in Arizona for 13 years, but had never gone to see the luminaries, so when my mom and I went to Scottsdale for our girls’ shopping trip, my […]

  • Airplane travel tips and tales of woe

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    The day after my 16th birthday, I got on a plane by myself, headed from Baltimore to Phoenix. At the time, there weren’t any direct flights from BWI to PHX, so we were flying through Philadelphia or Columbus or somewhere. There were at least 20 passengers and three flight attendants on the flight who were […]