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Concrete floors demand shoes at all times

Concrete floors demand shoes at all times

Barefoot or socks, that’s been my usual preference for walking around the house. That was until there was only concrete beneath me. I haven’t been in a house yet in Todos Santos that doesn’t have concrete floors. It’s just how they build them. People have area rugs,...

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Flowers continue to dazzle at Winnemucca Lake

Flowers continue to dazzle at Winnemucca Lake

It’s always all about the flowers when hiking to Winnemucca Lake. Even this late in the season the flora is fantastic. While the flowers are past their peak, even on Aug. 11 Mother Nature was putting on a spectacular display. The area between Frog and Winnemucca lakes...

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Danger lurks when driving at night in Mexico

Danger lurks when driving at night in Mexico

“Don’t drive at night.” It would be hard to find someone who would argue differently when it comes to Mexico. The danger isn’t what you think. It’s not bad guys or even getting stuck in the middle of nowhere – though those can be real concerns just as they are...

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Wrangler Wave – it’s a Jeep thing

Wrangler Wave – it’s a Jeep thing

It was back as soon as I was across the border – the Jeep Wave. I’ve known about this wave for years from when my ex drove a CJ-5. He’d wave to other Jeeps. Real Jeeps, as he would say. Not the Cherokees and later models. It was the Wrangler style he waved to, and who...

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Feeling safer on dog walks north of the border

Feeling safer on dog walks north of the border

Fresh mountain air. AJ seems to be thriving in it. It’s been a month since we have been back in California. This was AJ’s first time to the States in about 10 months. I had a vet appointment lined up before we left Mexico. I wanted blood work done to see how things...

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Cabo glass factory produces functional art

Cabo glass factory produces functional art

Artistry is found in so much of the merchandise available for purchase in Mexico. I want to drink from it. I was hoping to find wine glasses at The Glass Factory in Cabo San Lucas so I could bring them with me to California this summer. Part of the logic was if/when I...

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Palms dazzle, creating lush entrance to sandy oasis

Palms dazzle, creating lush entrance to sandy oasis

“A spectacular beach at the end of a dirt road.” This could be the description of so many beaches in Baja California Sur. For Playa Las Palmas (Palm Beach) spectacular is an understatement. Palm trees – too many to count – line both sides of the dirt trail from the...

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Determined to speak Spanish in complete sentences

Determined to speak Spanish in complete sentences

At some point I would like to delete Google Translate from my phone and to have it not be a permanent open window on my computer. It is a crutch I need to ditch. While my Spanish has improved in the last year, it’s still pathetic. It’s completely my fault. I’ve been...

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Gas station workers count on tips for washing windows

Gas station workers count on tips for washing windows

Tipping at a gas station in Mexico is one of those things that now seems normal. Tips are for services beyond filling up the gas tank. This includes washing windows, checking fluids and putting air in the tires. Like most tips, it's not mandatory, but expected. I tip...

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Books and Brews in South Lake Tahoe

Books and Brews in South Lake Tahoe

Hike and then hydrate, or something like that. I will be at Lake Tahoe Mountain Brews on July 19 starting at 4pm selling and signing my just released book “The Dirt Around Lake Tahoe: Must-Do Scenic Hikes”. Everyone who buys a book that night will receive $1 off one...

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