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Buckingham Palace across the lake

Photos From London

For no reason in particular, I’m feeling a bit nostalgic today over my trip to London this past fall with my dad. So, I figured to share a handful or random photos I hadn’t yet posted. There’s no specific reason I chose these particular photos other than the fact that I like them. I hope […]

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An overlook at Matthews / Winters Park

Planning the Hiking Season

I drove my puppy Anna home from the shelter at the end of last summer. We had time for a few hiking excursions after I got her, but the snow and cold quickly moved in. Now that the warmer temperatures are returning, melting any remaining snow and drying the trails, it’s time to begin planning […]

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The amazing view atop the Great Wall of China at Simatai

Climbing the Stairs at the Great Wall of China

Just ask the Mongols; climbing the Great Wall of China is no easy task. I did it twice, though, on my trip to Beijing. Once at Badaling, which is the section all of the tourists seem to go to – and it shows with a carnival-like atmosphere – and out to Simatai, which is pictured […]

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Yellowstone's Morning Glory Pool

Why I Don’t Like The National Parks

I know it’s hard to believe, but I’ve fallen out of love with the U.S. National Parks. Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon? Yeah, they’re all gorgeous places, but they’re flawed for me in a big way. The same goes for my favorite parks in Big Bend, Teddy Roosevelt, and Death Valley. So what’s the problem? […]

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Pikes Peak beyond the trees

Hiking with Benny

For the past few weeks, I’ve been hosting two visiting journalists – one from Pakistan and one from Germany. Based on my weird work schedule, and all of the things she wanted to do while in Denver, I wasn’t able to get out at all with the visiting Pakistani journalist. This morning, though, I went […]

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The view from Cherry Creek State Park

My First Staycation

I’m going on my first staycation this weekend. Well, no, not really. I suppose I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying right here in Denver, hanging out with my puppy, and doing some things around town. The two of us kicked it off this past weekend by taking a walk through Cherry Creek State Park and […]

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So long!

The Seals of Monterey

The one thing I knew I had to see in Monterey last weekend were the seals and sea lions by Cannery Row. I love wildlife, and didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to watch these little guys – even if it were only for five minutes – during my trip. And so, first thing […]

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monterey earthquake map

Sleeping Through My First Earthquake

I hate waking up in the middle of the night to pee. Not only do I have to get out and walk across the room, dancing on the cold bathroom tile while I take care of my business, but then I have to climb back into what is almost instantly a cold bed. And only […]

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