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Costa Rica Rainforest Hiking: An Experience in Sight, Sound and Touch

I should have anticipated rain, especially as we were hiking in a rainforest during the official rainy season in Costa Rica. Still, the sheer volume of water falling from the sky and roiling down the trail was daunting. “I think we should go back,” our younger son appealed, looking at me with worried eyes. A child of the Colorado Plateau, he’s heard about flash floods … [Read More...]

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Mi Familia: Unplugged

The first three hours were the hardest. When our family left for a two-week holiday in Costa Rica this summer, we also left behind all of our electronics. This … [Read More...]

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Unique California: Sea Kayaking Santa Cruz Island

Just about an hour off the coast of southern California lie the closest of the Channel Islands. Rising from the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean, four of these islands, Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel, swing away from the west coast in a … [Read More...]

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A Season of Skiing Firsts

You’d think that after 40+ years of skiing, it might be hard for me to come up with “firsts.” Not so, and this winter, the winter of 2013-1014, has seen an absolute bonanza of “firsts.” Good Firsts, Not Bad Now before I get too far along, I want to … [Read More...]