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San Diego-Best Weather in the USA?

I like San Diego.  I’ve been here a few times, most recently just a week or so ago.  The weather then (late September) was hot and relatively dry which is typical for that time of year-typically it gets hotter and … Continue reading

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They don’t call it Death Valley for Nuthin’

Asa pre-teen, I grew up in Arizona, and am an Eagle Scout to boot, so I know a thing or two about heat related illness.  That’s why I felt pretty foolish when I endangered myself and my wife on a … Continue reading

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The worst beach in the world?

Let me start by saying as a native Floridian, I know what great beaches look like.  As a world traveler, I’ve seen them all: nude beaches in Spain, jaw-dropping coastlines on the Amalfi coast, palm-lined jewels on the turquoise Caribbean … Continue reading

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Solvang-Making “Cute” Cool

I love the movie “Sideways”, so I was delighted to have a drink at the Hitching Post bar when I visited Solvang, CA recently.  I ordered up an enormous burger and washed it down with an exquisitely crafted Pinot Noir … Continue reading

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Pismo in Pix

Pismo is in my estimation one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  It has it all: deep blue ocean, swaying palms, dramatic bluffs, golden sand, a mountainous backdrop, and all within close proximity to world class wines.  What … Continue reading

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On Philanthropy and the Hearst Castle

I didn’t know William Randolph Hearst was a major league philanthropist until I visited Hearst Castle a few days ago.  I shouldn’t have been suprised.  Many of the so-called “robber barons” of that age (Hearst wasn’t one but he mixed … Continue reading

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Carmel

Here it is, in  pictures.  The 17 Mile Drive, surely one of the most (justifiably) famous roads in the world, as seen on a beautiful September day.  Enjoy.

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Napa vs. Sonoma Wine Tasting-which is better?

I came here back in the early 80’s when the big Napa valley wine boom was barely getting started.  At that time, you could cruise from winery to winery tasting all of the wares for free-and without an appointment.  Boy, … Continue reading

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Three things to do in (and around) Fort Bragg

The only Fort Bragg I’d ever heard of before now was associated with the Army Airborne, but just a few days ago I visited the one on the other coast in northern California, and I loved it.  Giant redwoods, fascinating … Continue reading

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Redwood National Forest Hikes-Tips on Tall Trees Grove Hike and Fern Canyon

I spent 4 nights/3 days in the area, which is about the right amount of time to see the most important sites and soak up the ambience of the park.  Here’s what I did, with some helpful notes:

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