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Welcome to Bear Country

Solo camping in the Sierras' Little Lakes, a 6.5-hour drive north of S.D.

Although I had only been home a month, I had irrationally hoped to get my ideal big girl job and within a few months be settled in my big girl apartment. Since I was nowhere ...

Antelope Canyon, #nofilter

Instagram's favorite red-rock slot canyon can be done in a long weekend.

Nestled about halfway between Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon, Page, Arizona, has some knock-your-eyes-out-jaw-dropping natural phenomena of its own. A small, nondescript town in northern Arizona, Page highlights its proximity to Antelope Canyon ...

Antelope Valley's fields of orange

Time the 3.5-hour drive north in the spring for spectacular waves of color.

Officially known as the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve, the rolling hills of the southern Mojave, 15 miles west of Lancaster, explode with color each spring as 1,745 acres of wildflowers end their hibernation and burst ...

Intrepidly visiting hotspot Israel

There’s nothing quite like the Holy Land. Go while you still can.

Just as I last left Israel, the bodies of three missing young men had turned up. The week before I was to return, there were two young men murdered in front of Old Jerusalem’s Jaffa ...

Downtown L.A.: trashy to trendy

Get your arts & culture fix, no driving required — just an easy ride up the Pacific Surfliner.

In the 90s and early 00s, despite its impressively tall high-rise skyline, downtown Los Angeles was generally NOT somewhere you would go by choice. Maybe once in awhile for a museum or a convention. Or ...

Adventures in Tokyo

With new nonstop flights from S.D., find your Lost in Translation moment.

Japan had been on our vacation destination list for decades, but it always seemed too far away and too expensive. This year, noticing a substantial drop in airfare prices and the introduction of an 11½ ...

To Baja and back again

Will south of the border remain the same in a post-Trump world?

After what appeared to be a never-ending campaign of presidential media blitzes, president-elect Donald Trump won the race. Lost the popular — but who’s counting? And now, a storm is coming, but the conditions are ...

Flashes: Helsinki and the Åland Islands

Off the beaten path in Finland.

Mingling on the Esplanadi The Sky Wheel spins remembrances of childhood. A southeastern breeze carries emotions, the X-girl laughter camouflaging the dark in her eyes. I smell apples and lilac. Sweden’s due west, Estonia to ...

Night's song in Mexico City

A night well spent in Mexico's fun-loving cosmopolitan capital.

I woke up this morning feeling like there was something in my head — knocking, asking me to let it spill out. There was a rhythm and a beat and a step. I was being ...

Dog days in Havasu Canyon

This hike to blue-green waterfalls is just outside Grand Canyon Nat'l Park.

Adjoining the Grand Canyon on the south side of the Colorado River is a tributary canyon called Havasu, which, in the language of the Havasupai people who live there, means “blue-green water.” Havasu Canyon is ...

Chaos, cops and captivity on the Eastern Cape

How (not) to celebrate New Year's in South Africa.

It was New Year’s Day, and the party in Chintsa, on South Africa’s Eastern Cape, had been long and wild. The hangover was severe, and the need to leave immediate. You see, included on the ...

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