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Category Archives: Outskirts

Rankin Guest Ranch: Old Fashioned Family Fun


I look forward to Spring Break each year because it’s time to for a road trip with my son, Roland. This year the planning started with the goal of visiting Yosemite, which is about eight hours from from where we live in San Diego. While I don’t mind a few long days in the car, I wanted to break up our drive home. Our final trip consisted of visiting Yosemite,… Read More

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The Best Beer on the West Coast is Creating a Legacy


  Just a few miles from downtown Oceanside, California something is brewing.  It’s the migration of the San Diego microbrewing industry and it’s spreading out all over the Southern part of this awesome state. Yes, home to surfers and military, San Diego has continued a trend from the great Northwest within the beer world and it’s trickled North to Oceanside where Legacy brewing is creating something different. Once a motorcycle… Read More

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A Perfect Day in Oceanside Exploring Art and Surf Culture


I live in San Diego and drive by Oceanside on a regular basis to visit my dad in Dana Point and my mom in Huntington Beach. I’ve lived in Southern California most of my life and I always thought of Oceanside as a military town and where portions of Top Gun was filmed. Recently I began hearing about the many breweries popping up and new restaurants getting rave reviews. I… Read More

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Cranberry Bogs, Wild Mushroom Farms and Oysters on the Washington Coast

Washington State’s Long Beach Peninsula is situated just 3.5 hours from Seattle or a scenic two hour drive from Portland. The peninsula welcomes those seeking respite so they can reconnect to the sea. All along the region’s 28-mile stretch one can find a range of natural feasts ranging from cranberry bogs, wild mushroom farms, and oysters. Schedule your trip so you arrive in Seaview for lunch and head to the… Read More

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Calistoga in Winter: All the Perks Without the Crowds


Calistoga, located at the north end of California’s beautiful and famous Napa Valley amidst hot springs and world class wineries, is always a popular destination in the summer and fall. But have you ever thought of going in the winter? There are good reasons to consider visiting this historic village (population 5200) in January, February, and March. Here are just a few of the many reasons: Fewer people, no lines,… Read More

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Xcarat: Mayan Riviera’s Playground For All Ages


When the princely white Arabian stallion fell in a puddle in the middle of the sprawling arena, we thought our perfectly planned day on the Mayan Riviera in Mexico had crashed to the floor along with the horse. In an instant, people in the stadium were on their feet, craning their necks to see what had happened. All human breathing stopped for a long, long moment during this white-knuckle event…. Read More

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Blaze a Trail in Oregon’s First City


Before Portland, Oregon was named based on a coin toss–replacing the unfortunate moniker of “Stumptown”–Oregon City, located just fifteen miles to the south, was already a thriving commercial hub and the first incorporated city west of the Mississippi River. Oregon City was an important trading post in the early 1800’s and the destination for thousands of Oregon Trail pioneers from 1840 into the 1850’s. Blaze your own trail in Oregon… Read More

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Hawaii’s Angels of the Sea


One of the top attractions of the Hawaiian Islands is the spectacular natural setting: breathtaking coasts and cliffs, awe-inspiring waterfalls and active volcanoes, and one of the most unique eco-systems in the world. The Pacific ocean waters surrounding the chain of islands formed millions of years ago by erupting volcanoes – that are still adding land today on the Big Island – are filled with diverse life including green sea… Read More

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Exploring Volcano National Park


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