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The Tough Mudder: When Adrenaline Meets Mud

If you’re imagining a stern curler-clad woman wielding a rolling-pin, you couldn’t be farther than the truth.  There are no curlers here and tough takes on a new meaning as thousands of participants run, jump, crawl and climb through 20 obstacles spread out over an 11 mile course.  This is an obstacle course on steroids […]

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Achieving Gold at Denver’s History of Colorado Center

I earned a gold medal today for an outstanding ski jump.  It was pretty phenomenal.  There I was crouched down on my skis, fresh powder before me, my spaghetti strapped maxi-dress blowing in the wind.  I sprang up and watched the tips of my skis as I took to the air, then landed perfectly and […]

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Pedaling Panna Cotta in Denver

If you find yourself in Denver on any given day, you may be rewarded with an impromptu treat delivered to you in style by Panna Cotta Peddler’s Lara Galante who hands out samples of her delicious Italian pudding and serves up portions to those who’ve become hooked which is often the case.  Once you’re hooked […]

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The Marin Headlands of San Francisco

San Francisco never ceases to amaze me and I’ve been visiting there now nearly 38 years. It’s posh and upscale.  It’s quirky and bohemian.  It’s international and worldly. It’s wild, rugged, untamed… and completely escapable. Though I’ve followed the Scenic Highway repeatedly over the years, I’m still pleasantly surprised at each return just how beautiful […]

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A Hike with a View: Mt. Tamalpais and San Francisco

Over San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge, just above Mill Valley, is the tumultuous mountain of Tamalpais, a mound of green covered curves and hills with a very small tower at the very top. If you have just an hour to park and walk to the top, you’ll enjoy the views there, but it does cost […]

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Muir Woods National Monument just outside San Francisco

Tifnotes: Muir Wood’s National Monument lies just 30 minutes across the Golden Gate bridge from San Francisco giving hikers/walkers the magical experience of walking through a redwood forest.  It gained its National Monument status in 1908 and hosted the first UN conference in 1945.  Here you can see the Cathedral Grove and redwoods over 200 […]

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The Moraga Steps of Golden Gate Heights, San Francisco

It’s amazing what can happen when people work together. These stairs weren’t here ten years ago – or may be they were, but not like this.  Inspired from a staircase in Brazil, these stairs were created by two artists and over 300 neighbors who worked together to create each mosaic panel. It’s a community project […]

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Cedarville State Park, MD

Cedarville State Forest 10201 Bee Oak RoadBrandywine, MD 20613 http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/cedarville.asp Pet friendly forest with miles of hiking trails, lakes, and camping available, Cedarville State Forest is a nice place to bring a picnic and spend the day.  It costs just $3/car to enter.  Fall foliage is beautiful here especially in the reflection of the water, […]

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Trattoria Napoletana Da Carlo

Trattoria Napoletana Da Carlo C/ Doctor Manuel Candela 79 bajo (near the intersection with Blazco Ibanez) 46021 Valencia Tel:  963935562 There are few restaurants that haunt me.  Few that I feel drawn back to.  This [sigh], this is one of them.  The entire experience was absolutely one of the best food experiences ever for me, […]

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Books that Inspire Travel

Books that Inspire Travel

Reading about a place means more when you’ve walked those streets as does walking those streets after learning the history or hearing a tale.It’s amazing how many stories can come to life after the opportunity to travel.  There is a wealth of classics based in London alone, so that walking those streets can bring to […]

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