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Monday Night Hikes

It’s that time again: hiking season. Beginning in February, we hike up to Henninger Flat campground every Monday evening, weather permitting. With the atmospheric river and mild El Niño, we’ve missed a few weeks thanks to rains. But the reward has been much more green in the mountains than we typically see, and milder temperatures… Continue reading Monday Night Hikes

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Tournament of Roses: What was Missed

It doesn’t happen too often, but there are breakdowns and other issues that happen on parade day. For that, there are towing companies at the ready just in case something goes wrong. At yesterday's 130th Tournament of Roses, there was indeed a malfunction toward the end of the parade. With two floats behind it, in… Continue reading Tournament of Roses: What was Missed

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California Traditions: the Tournament of Roses

Something I take for granted living in Southern California is how close we are to many events. This morning was the 130th Tournament of Roses lovingly better known as the Rose Parade. The theme this year was "The Melody of Life," in celebration of the music in our lives and was a beautiful and multicultural… Continue reading California Traditions: the Tournament of Roses

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A Guide to Last Minute Gift Giving

If you’re where I am this year, then you’ve only got gifts for half the folks on your list, and are currently in a cold sweat dreading a trip to the local mall. Never fear, here are some gift ideas that avoid the mall. Though you still may get into a fight over a parking… Continue reading A Guide to Last Minute Gift Giving

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A Day in LeClaire, Iowa

Our last day in Iowa was spent in the town of LeClaire, right on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi. What brought us there was the husband’s desire to check out Antique Archeology from History Channel’s “American Pickers.” We found so much more. We did indeed head to Antique Archeology, joining the many visitors at… Continue reading A Day in LeClaire, Iowa