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Finding Strange on the Shores of the Salton Sea

All we were looking for was a quiet hike through Painted Canyon for Easter. We found Jesus (again and again), took a pilgrimage to Mecca and climbed Salvation Mountain. Who knew there was so much strange on the shores of the Salton Sea.

We had been planning to go to Painted Canyon for the better part of two years. It’s a five-mile hike through slot canyons with ladders to aid the technical parts. It has been on our radar so long, we figured we would just wing it when the day finally came.

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Photographic Tour of California’s Wildflower Bloom

California Bloom of the Decade

For dozens of years, the thirsty deserts lay waiting for rain. As drought set in, fires ravaged the parched forests but the desert just waited for the pernicious El Nino weather patterns to shift back. Only through recent climatology study, have we seen the profound effect of El Nino droughts from sparking the French Revolution to spawning the dust bowls of America’s Great Depression. In California, it was visible in dry, parched earth.

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Whale Watching San Diego Style

Whale Watching San Diego Style

Is whale watching in San Diego any fun? We have been asking ourselves that question every time whale watching season came around (mid-December to Mid-April). Admittedly, we are whale watching snobs. Don’t get us wrong, we love whales and have driven deep into Mexico twice to the Unesco World Heritage site of the Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino to interact with the mothers and calves in their birthing lagoons from a small ponga.

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Wet and Wild in Tijuana

Updated March 9, 2017. El Vergel is now Partially open so we are re-running our post. Why? Because it’s still fun to watch Ed slip and fly like a pro (not really, he is the model for the wrong way). Even if you’re not planning to go to a Mexican waterpark you don’t want to miss that video.  Heck, even play it with the sound on and listen for the audible groan as he launches into the air.

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