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Time to rethink pledging allegiance to a flag  

Time to rethink pledging allegiance to a flag  

Pledging allegiance to a flag seems so absurd. And yet I do it when the occasion arises. I’ve thought about sitting, but was afraid people would think I was making a political statement that had more to do with who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue than it being the...

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Baja beach massage a blissful experience

Baja beach massage a blissful experience

At a cost of $20 for an hour massage, my expectations were not great. I knew there was the chance I could be in more pain when it ended. I have had massages outside of the United States before with mostly a good outcome. In Whistler, British Columbia, there was the...

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Obscure spirit path combines nature, ancient language

Obscure spirit path combines nature, ancient language

Guidebooks are good to a point. They tend to highlight the most popular places to visit in a city or region. That’s their purpose. But what if you want to go off the beaten track? That is when you go to Atlas Obscura. My friend Denise introduced me to the site. She...

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Cemeteries in Mexico more than a place to bury the dead

Cemeteries in Mexico more than a place to bury the dead

Silence doesn’t mean a story isn’t being told. Walk. Observe. Read. Even listen. Cemeteries are more than a place to bury the dead. They are the link to a town’s past. The cemetery in Todos Santos is a colorful display of tributes to those who have passed. While some...

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Roller coaster heaven at California Great America

Roller coaster heaven at California Great America

Screaming. It’s what riding a roller coaster is all about. That exhilaration when it drops suddenly as though it’s in a free fall, or turns upside down again and again making it impossible to know where the sky or ground should be. I don’t know when I rode my first...

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West Shore trail weaves along Lake Tahoe, into the forest

West Shore trail weaves along Lake Tahoe, into the forest

Trail builders in Lake Tahoe need to find other places to lay down pavement. The West Shore trail from Tahoe City to Meeks Bay is too pretty. Too many beautiful distractions and photo ops are along this 11-plus mile (one-way) trail to keep pedaling. I felt like I was...

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2 ‘Dirt Around Lake Tahoe’ book events in October

2 ‘Dirt Around Lake Tahoe’ book events in October

As hiking season at Tahoe slowly comes to a close, so do the 2019 events for "The Dirt Around Lake Tahoe: Must-Do Scenic Hikes." A presentation with slide show and talk will be Oct. 3 from 6:30-8pm at the REI in Roseville (1148 Galleria Blvd.) To register for the free...

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