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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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Altered States – Explorations with Float North County

Inside Float North County

They say in traveling it is all about the journey. What if the journey is inside. What if I told you that you can travel across the Earth in minutes to mythical lands without leaving your hometown. Would you believe me? We had a chance to explore floating at Float North County in Solana Beach California to find out. It was recommended to us that one should float at least 3 times to truly get a feel for it. 

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Balboa Nights – Absolutely worth visiting San Diego

The one and only Balboa Nights

Every time I hear people talking about their local festivals, there is one question I ask myself. How far would I travel to go there? My recommendation for Balboa Nights is that I would use it to anchor a Christmas trip to San Diego from anywhere. Lofty praise for sure but here is why:

  • It’s a huge Christmas celebration at Balboa Park in San Diego – about 360,000 people visit over the two days it’s going.
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