Abandonment in Bombay Beach California

We’re like well-oiled machines. Once neglected, we’re rendered useless. We are reduced to rust, squeaking until someone mutters, “Better get some WD-40.” We need to feel wanted and useful. We need to feel like we have a purpose. Sometimes that purpose accommodates others and sometimes […]

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Slab City – The Last Free City in America

When I learned that there was a lawless town in Southern California, inhabited by a diverse group of hippies, drug addicts, and other eccentric types, I naturally wanted to experience it firsthand. A little over three hours southeast from Los Angeles, Slab City, dubbed the […]

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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Walking amongst the oldest trees in the world kind of transcends any knowledge of time and space. These trees, called the Ancient Bristlecone Pine, exist just a little over four hours northeast of Los Angeles in the Inyo National Forest. Their bare, twisted limbs look […]

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Japanese Internment Camp – Manzanar

It’s not the type of place one visits to pose in front of a monument or artifact donning a big smile. It’s not the type of place one visits with a sense of excitement, like Disneyland or the world’s largest yarn ball. There’s nothing to […]

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Brenda’s Beignets – A San Francisco Treat

The beignets would have sufficed. Yet, there I was – shrimp and grits, a seafood frittata smothered in cheddar cheese, a homemade, mouthwatering biscuit, three, giant chocolate beignets, and continuously refilled coffee. It was a classic case of my eyes being bigger than my stomach. […]

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