Tag Archives: California

Ten planning lessons from mighty Los Angeles

Despite its detractors, every time I’m in Los Angeles, the city impresses me more. From the first time in 1970 to just recently, the changes are palpable, especially the move(s) away from being so car-centric and increased densification. Below, is … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons from the elegant oasis of Palm Springs

Below are ten (10) planning lessons from the beautiful desert city of Palm Springs, California. Peace! Few places have such a dramatic elevation change in such a short distance (up to 9,000 feet in four miles). This makes Palm Springs’ … Continue reading

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Creating LA’s starlit aura – “The Mirage Factory”

What an outstanding book! Perhaps, my favorite the best city biography ever read. Author Gary Krist simply nails it with The Mirage Factory. It’s entertaining, enthralling, infuriating, and thoroughly engaging to read. You will definitely learn some amazing and eye-opening … Continue reading

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‘Walking with the spirits’ – “Wild” is a must read!

One of the best non-fiction, travel-adventure books I have ever read, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed is a magnificent publication. Few, if any books capture my imagination in the Prologue, but this … Continue reading

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Two new dark-sky place designations

The International Dark-Sky Association has announced the designation of two more International Dark-Sky places this week.  The two new sites are: Death Valley National Park in California (now largest of all the dark-sky parks). Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales – designated … Continue reading

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Gazing upon a California dream

Of the myriad of activities and events we did during our recent two-week holiday to Northern California and Southern Oregon, none was more rewarding or memorable to me than spending time with my cousin and her family in Loma Rica. They are … Continue reading

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America’s finest airport – Sacramento’s Terminal B

Okay. I will admit I have not been in every airport in the land. I would have to live an “Up in the Air” life to do that. But, I have been in, through, or to enough airports, both new and old, … Continue reading

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“Screen” gems of California and Oregon

Here are photos of some of the amazing movie theaters seen over the past two weeks while traveling in Northern California and Southern Oregon. Enjoy these screen gems!

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Yosemite National Parking Lot

I visited the lovely, but very hot Yosemite National Park for the first time today (Monday). Despite it being a Monday (second least busy day on average) and a number of school systems starting classes around the nation, the park … Continue reading

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Crescent City is determined to rise above two tsunamis

At the bottom of this post is an amazing photographic comparison of Crescent City, California’s marina from March 11, 2011. As destructive as that tsunami was, the 2011 tsunami was far less devastating than the 1964 one that killed 11 people … Continue reading

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