Posts in America
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Beat the Heat

The Palm Desert creeps up near 110°F mid year, and everyone in their right mind migrates North to escape the unrelenting summer sun. Even the shop owners leave town, knowing that the high rollers only come in the winter. The heat hits you like a tidal wave, and going outside is like trekking through a thick, dry fog. Needless to say, this isn’t the most popular summer vacation destination around. 

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Joshua Tree National Park: Cacti and Isolation

Joshua Tree is a spectacularly unique destination. Just three hours from the west coast lives a sprawling desert boiling over with hostile temperatures, terrifying heights, misshapen rocks, and a multitude of spindly cacti. 

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Solvang, CA: The Semi-Comprehensive Guide

Just last weekend, Andrew and I celebrated our 3rd year anniversary with a weekend trip up to this quaint Danish town. I may just be overly excitable, but I truly fell in love with it’s heritage, ambiance, and most importantly, it’s glorious pastries. So much so that I wanted to share every detail of our trip, hoping that the next set of travelers can be as lucky as we were.

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The Last Bookstore: LA's Blast From The Past

Humans have a strange fascination with the concept of being “last.” We document our last words, fear our last moments, and care for items, animals, or sentiments that are the last of their kind. It seems so melancholy and so sobering to think… this is the last time we will ever see each other; the last time we’ll visit this street, this town, or this Country.

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The Three Steps to a Life-Changing Road Trip

Road trips are the fruit of life. Picture any beatnik montage you’d like, with black hair whipping in the wind, dirty hands gripping the wheel, and adventure wearing down the pavement. Yeah yeah, we like to romanticize, whatever. So did the beatniks!

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Raindrops And Renaissance at The Getty In LA

It’s only fair to evolve into your high-class, formal glove-wearing alter ego when you visit the Getty in LA. You must stand tall, read every placard, and nod thoughtfully as you walk with fingers intertwined behind your back. You must pretend like you know what you’re doing. 

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The Race For Space at the KSC

While driving to the Kennedy Space Center, I really had no idea what to expect, even after knowing all of the it's historic context. Cape Canaveral played its role in some of the most iconic moments in human history, from the brave few that landed on Earth’s Moon, to the national tragedy of the Challenger explosion. But I'd never read about what you actually do there.

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To The Moon And Back For The Luna Sea Fish House

Do you have a restaurant you love more than anything?  A place that serves food so good that  you’d travel 1000 miles just to have it one more time? Sounds like hyperbole, but look back about two years on my life and you’ll see I did that very thing.

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Dia De Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever

Nearly three-thousand years ago on November first, a holiday later coined the Day of the Dead (or Dia De Los Muertos) originated in Mexico. This event was not meant to scare the living crap out of your friends, but to celebrate those who have passed over with beautiful altars, offerings, and intricate art.

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Shipwreck Hike

Back in 1961, on an especially foggy day. A freighter carrying the brazen name of the S.S. Dominator plowed into a peninsula off Ranchos Palos Verdes. After 2 long days of fruitless attempts to dislodge the ship from the rocks, the crew abandoned ship. Fast forward to 2016, 55 years rough ocean waves and oxidising iron has claimed nearly all the ship’s hull, but just an easy 1.5 mile hike down the beach and you can see all that remains of the S.S. Dominator.

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Roadkill 2: Why not?

This show was put on by Andrew and Jack’s rad friends, who are hellbent on keeping the local art and music scenes alive. And who could disagree? There was insanely creative art topping every booth, and equally good music bouncing off our eardrums. Artists like Ratfuck and Way-way (who organized the event), WOZ, Jack Bass, Praze, Hanvan, Kameradschaft, LRW, Joneil, Colson, and Owen Sweeny all brought their best. Who knew that our local So-Cal community was so talented?

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Stories #1: Elise Peregrin, Riley's Farm

The first episode of a new series we are starting called "Stories". From the small victories, to coming face to face with death itself, everyone has a story to tell. Today we have The Busy Rats co-founder Elise Peregrin talking about her trip to the apple orchards of Oak Glen, California, and how to turn a negative into a positive.

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Best Gluten Free Treats In OC

For those of us with more sensitive stomachs, it can be hard to find a delicious goody to soothe those nagging cravings. I should know, both my Mom and my boyfriend are lactose intolerant, and I have a few close friends with gluten sensitivities. Thankfully, I have never dealt with those issues myself, but I have chomped on enough alternative sweets to know what's-what in this business!

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Joshua and Macayla: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

I (Macayla) am a native to MN, while Joshua has only spent 3 years here. A lot of our hobbies involve the great outdoors, most notably the bucket list item of visiting every U.S. national park. We are avid readers and are fascinated by sustainable agriculture - seriously, that stuff is cool!

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Lake Isabella: Drought, Fire, Family

For some, Lake Isabella brings back floods of nostalgia. Many of us recount sweet memories of taking a dunk in the lake to escape the 107 degree weather, catching our first fish and making our father so proud, or (when our parents weren’t looking) finding a nice sized rock to dare our brother to jump off of.

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