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Salvation Mountain in the California desert

A road trip to Salvation Mountain and Slab City

Now that I'm back on the West Coast, I've been trying to check out a lot of weird and wonderful places that aren't too far from San Diego. One of the first on the list was Salvation Mountain. It's a literal man-made mountain of latex paint in the...
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Denver Botanic Garden in the fall

A visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens

To be honest, Denver Botanic Garden wasn't super high on my list of must-do things in the city. Before we arrived, my ideal itinerary was 50% hiking and 50% craft beer drinking. However, we had a bit of a scheduling snafu and the altitude affected me...
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Fall colors outside of Denver, Colorado

A fall weekend in Denver

We spent last weekend in Denver, and it was exactly the fall foliage dream that I was hoping for. We had a few reasons for wanting to visit Denver: a few different sets of friends recently relocated there from the East Coast, it was a city we had...
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Statue of Liberty at Sunset from Circle Line Cruise

The places I recommend most (in the USA)

The question that I both love and hate (and get asked often): what's your favorite place to visit? Obviously, I'm all in on chatting about travel, reminiscing about the trips I've taken and giving recommendations on cool places to go. But it's also...
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2018 Chevrolet Equinox

A whirlwind weekend in Northern California

What a crazy weekend! To quickly sum up: we drove to Los Angeles on Thursday night to drop off Gertie with my friend Aly and then stayed with friends in Hancock Park, drove to Sacramento on Friday for that evening's wine tasting event, cleaned out my...
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Seattle Public Library Central

The highlights of 24 hours in Seattle

I’ve wanted to visit Seattle for a long time, but it never made sense as a weekend getaway from New York City. I had a feeling that I’d relocate to the West Coast eventually, and it was top of my list for when I did. So I was thrilled when the...
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California Dreamin' Hot Air Balloon Ride in Temecula, California

A hot air balloon ride in Temecula

Fun fact: I have the opposite of a fear of heights. I constantly seek the sensation and the perspective of being high in the air, no matter how I'm there. I love helicopter rides, skyscrapers and rooftops, Ferris wheels, aerial trams, paragliding,...
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Visiting the San Diego Zoo

A visit to the San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is probably (definitely?) the most popular tourist destination in San Diego, so as new residents of America's Finest City: we had to check it out! It's located in the heart of Balboa Park: we live a short walk from the northeast...
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La Jolla Cove in San Diego, California

A few early faves from life in San Diego

Although we've been spending a lot of time, mental energy and money getting settled into our new apartment (currently taking recommendations on affordable sources for extra-large prints, throw pillows and pretty planters), we've still been trying to...
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Christine Amorose in New York City

Notes on loving, and leaving, New York

"It is easy to see the beginnings of things, and harder to see the ends. I can remember now, with a clarity that makes the nerves in the back of my neck constrict, when New York began for me, but I cannot lay my  finger upon the moment it ended, can...
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