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Sharing the same pool as Diana Nyad — sort of

Sharing the same pool as Diana Nyad — sort of

I have plied the same waters as long distance, open water swimmer Diana Nyad. Don’t be silly, not the shark infested, jelly-fish stinging waters of the Caribbean. Well, I have swam in the Caribbean, but that’s not what this is about. Oh, and if you don’t know who Nyad...

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Palm Springs trail network extensive for hikers

Palm Springs trail network extensive for hikers

Hiking—the options seem endless in Palm Springs. Add the greater Coachella Valley, and, well, the mileage is going to be impressive. On my two-week trip to the desert just after Thanksgiving I had the good fortune of being part of three group excursions right in Palm...

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Thinking about what 2024 will bring

Thinking about what 2024 will bring

When I think about 2024 I do so with trepidation. All because of November. The presidential election. I can’t remember a time in my life when my thoughts about a new year were consumed by an election. This one is going to be consequential. They all are. I know. But...

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Bidwell Mansion property like an educational nursery

Bidwell Mansion property like an educational nursery

One of the beautiful things about Chico is the variety of trees. On a recent outing sponsored by the Lassen chapter of the Native Plant Society, several people strolled the grounds of Bidwell Mansion learning about many of the trees that call this “front yard” home....

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Desert’s beauty not always evident at first glance

Desert’s beauty not always evident at first glance

Borrego Springs—population 2,566—is in the middle of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The entire area is one big playground in the Southern California desert, with just enough amenities to keep locals and visitors satiated. I had the good fortune earlier this month to...

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Pre-flight ritual involves a stop at airport bar

Pre-flight ritual involves a stop at airport bar

When I hear “bloody Mary” I think travel, breakfast or a morning hot tub on a non-work day if someone else is making it. (I don’t like making them; something about not measuring and therefore not tasting good.) It’s interesting how certain drinks are associated with...

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