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Your kids: to everyone else, they're cute and adorable. To a mountain lion, they're lunch.

Hiking Etiquette (aka Lisa’s Trail Etiquette for Everyone)

By     |    Aug 20, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Hikes, Reality     |    2 Comments

Hiking isn’t like walking in the city. In the city, you’re just trying to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible while avoiding eye contact at all times. Sometimes people bump into each other, sometimes they step in dog poop, sometimes they accidentally meet another person’s eyes, for a moment. But out here, this is the wilderness. So here we are, in Yosemite National Park. It’s […]

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Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco Supreme ... in repose.

Unboxing the Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco Supreme

By     |    Aug 17, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Food     |    4 Comments

Well, firstly, this was no McGangBang (and also not authentico at all unlike these, these, and these), but it didn’t make me hate myself after eating it, so let’s call that a win. Secondly, let’s translate the name for the non-Spanglish speakers out there, Doritos Locos Taco Supreme means: crazy flavor-covered tortilla chips have hijacked your taco and covered it with more crazy. Anyway, I finally got to try the Taco […]

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We finally visit Ridge, my favorite winery

By     |    Aug 16, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Best Of, California, Wine     |    No Comments

When our friend, Ben, worked at a wine store in Chicago, he was always discovering interesting bottles and generously sharing them with us. This is how I had my first taste of Zinfandel from Ridge. I’ll always remember the bottle of Geyserville 2003 (or 2004?): the simple, clean label, the unexpectedly complex and delicious flavors. After my Ridge introduction, I was always on the lookout for sales or for excuses to […]

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More rare than real boobies in California: a good deal along the coast at Mattole Beach.

Camping in California? Avoid the State Parks.

By     |    Aug 10, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, California, Parks     |    No Comments

Honestly, they’re just embarrassing. As a state, California should be embarrassed by its parks. They’re shit. They’re just too expensive. Yes, people pay the fee, but they pay grudgingly, because there’s no alternative. They’re not nice-expensive, not cleaner than other parks (they seem dirtier), not packed with amenities in some awesome way. Hell, most have pay showers instead of free showers. They’re expensive in the I-think-I’m-getting-ripped-off-but-I-don’t-know-what-else-to-do way. They’re terrible. In […]

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Last look at the lighthouse.

Hiking to the Punta Gorda Lighthouse on the Lost Coast

By     |    Aug 9, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, California, Parks     |    No Comments

Some people call this California’s Lost Coast. I prefer to think of it as the Saved Coast. Plenty of this section of California’s coast has been tied up by ranching and grazing for generations and is closed to public access, but there are also long, lonely stretches of coast in the public domain. Together, the King Range National Conservation Area and the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park cover about 50 contiguous […]

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This is one of the 'good' roads.

The Lost Coast of California

By     |    Aug 9, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, California, Drives     |    4 Comments

Between Ferndale (to the north) and Rockport (to the south) along California’s Pacific coast there’s basically nothing. No real towns, no housing developments, no reality TV stars, hardly any roads even. Sure, there are things marked as roads on the map, but they’re just paved strips of pavement in reality. They’ve been washed out and earthquaked and patched too many times to be anywhere close to smooth. We’ve been on […]

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Tall Tree from the base looking up.

The Redwoods of California

By     |    Aug 8, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, California, Parks     |    No Comments

If you want to see some big trees, aim for the Avenue of the Giants in Northern California, a road created so that through-traffic isn’t stuck behind gawking tourists on the 101 (my theory, since it mostly parallels the 101). The Avenue of the Giants is a great road, but the best road goes perpendicular (to the west) and into Humboldt Redwoods State Park. You don’t have to pay a fee to drive into […]

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In Pacific City.

The Wonderful Oregon Coast

By     |    Aug 6, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Oregon     |    1 Comment

The Oregon coast is special. In 1967, Oregon passed a bill making the ENTIRE coast public land. Like any legislation, it’s complicated, but Wikipedia sums it up well: The Oregon Beach Bill allows free beach access to everyone. This Bill allows private beach landowners to retain certain beach land rights, but it removes the property tax obligation of the beach landowner. In exchange, the beach landowner grants an easement passage to pedestrians. […]

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Stealthy in Seattle.

The Stealth Night

By     |    Aug 3, 2012
Posted in: Adventure How To, Best Of, Oregon     |    No Comments

When we originally selected our trip vehicle, we were going for inconspicuousness. Just in case…just in case we got in a bind and needed to sleep on a street or at a rest area. Just in case we needed to blend in — in case we needed to go stealth. This was a worst-case scenario for me, something to be avoided at all costs — but something I had to […]

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Everybody drives these and they all have the same stickers.

Portland’s Evangelical Hipster Fundamentalists

By     |    Aug 2, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Oregon     |    1 Comment

In Salt Lake City, we found ourselves surrounded by believers, unsure what to do. Same thing happened in Portland. But instead of religious peeps, we were surrounded by hipsters, evangelical hipster fundamentalists. Beards, thick-rimmed glasses, skinny jeans, single-speed bicycles … oh my! Like in SLC, we were unsure of what to do. We had two things we had to do: mail Lisa’s old computer to its happy new owner (thanks, […]

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