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Los Angeles Spotlight: La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

Los Angeles Spotlight: La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

June 5, 2017 No Comments Picture, if you will, Los Angeles as it is today: a sprawling, populous city of about 4 million people. A world center of international business, media and trade. A city of economic and cultural extremes, from the glittering alternate worlds of celebrities, to the dense concrete jungles on the fringes of society, and to everything ...

 

The Passion of Pompeii

The Passion of Pompeii

November 30, 2016 No Comments Seldom have ancient ruins stirred one as do those of Pompeii. The catastrophic eruption that buried this seaside resort town in AD 79 preserved it with remarkable detail. So much so in fact, that it is this town which has provided much evidence of life in ancient Rome for historians to study. The region of Campania by ...

 

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Romancing Romania’s Sarmizegetusa Regia

Romancing Romania’s Sarmizegetusa Regia

May 19, 2016 No Comments   Sarmizegetusa was the capital of Dacia (present-day Romania) before its conquest by the Roman Empire in the early second century AD.  Built right into the mountains of the Carpathians, the main fortress was the citadel of King Decebalus of Dacia, and the site where the final siege took place before the Romans captured the ...

 

West Texas Times

West Texas Times

February 1, 2016 No Comments Western Texas is a grand place. Big sky, big stone monuments, big mesas, even the cattle are big. And of course, Big Bend National Park. It’s also a place of big pleasure. From short hikes along the Rio Grande – that’s Mexico right across the muddy water – to longer hikes on well-marked trails with ...

 

Tucson with Tots

Tucson with Tots

January 1, 2016 No Comments Even in summer, there’s more than one reason to visit Tucson. Yes, it’s hot, but some like it hot, and my family does. We’ve stayed in Death Valley in July, and as long as there’s shade, a pool, and some air conditioning to escape to, we can still enjoy the scenery, early morning hikes and ...

 

Stargazing 101

Stargazing 101

December 15, 2015 No Comments   Showing your children the night sky is something of a miracle. There’s the wonder of the sky itself, the vastness of the universe that you yourself may sometimes take for granted. There’s the eye-opening, round-mouthed joy of children taking it all in. There’s the pleasure of being family together there in the darkness. Unless ...

 

Joshua Tree Highlands Houses

Joshua Tree Highlands Houses

December 1, 2015 No Comments If you’ve ever read your child a fairy tale… And your child loved the story… Then a stay in one of the Highlands Houses rental properties just outside of Joshua Tree National Park is in order. THE PARK The park itself, of course, is like something from a fairy tale. It has wonderfully strange rock ...

 

Glamping is Camping that’s Easy, Elegant and Fun

Glamping is Camping that’s Easy, Elegant and Fun

October 6, 2015 No Comments Kids love camping. They love sleeping bags as their own private cocoons, they love campfires and s’mores, they love star gazing and that feeling of being close to nature. What they won’t like so much, and possibly neither will you, is that midnight trek to the potty a hundred yards away, looking for a place ...

 

Sedona: Red Rocks and Sunsets

Sedona: Red Rocks and Sunsets

September 24, 2015 No Comments Sedona is all about the color red. There are the red skies of sunset, the beautiful red rocks, the red dusty soil that is, let’s admit this right up front, going to get in your kids’ socks and shoes, your car, your accommodations. It’s also red from the blush of pure pleasure you and your ...

 

Maui’s Grand Wailea Resort

Maui’s Grand Wailea Resort

September 15, 2015 No Comments The most striking aspect of Maui’s Grand Wailea Resort is its pools. They call it the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool, though that may be a gross understatement. The pool is actually nine pools on six tiers, all of which are interconnected by water slides and rivers including whitewater rapids, a rope swing, a sand beach, ...

 

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