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The United States

FIRST Robotics Competition

Let the games begin! I’m right now watching the preliminary rounds of the First Robotics Competition regional event at the University of California Davis. I’ve never been to a robotics competition before, but was asked to help out with the team from my school, Carmel High School. Being a science geek, I was intrigued and … Continue reading »

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An American Castle

Hearst’s Castle on the Enchanted Hill America doesn’t have any real castles. By the time Europeans colonized the “New World,” the age of castles was over, too bad. So, the wealthy elite in America never got to play lords and ladies of the land. All except for some uber rich during America’s Gilded Age who … Continue reading »

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STOP GUN VIOLENCE NOW!

As we travel the world on our family adventures, we have to come realize that… these numbers are unacceptable: Every day, 7 children and teens die from gun violence: 4 are murdered 2 die from suicide Every day, 40 children and teens are shot and survive: 31 injured in an attack 1 survives a suicide attempt 8 shot unintentionally … Continue reading »

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After the Hike

Exploring Capitola After exploring and hiking in the Land of the Medicine Buddha, we went in search of food (and a coffee for me). Since the small seaside town of Capitola was nearby and we hadn’t been there before, we headed out of the forest and to the coast. Capitola is regarded as the oldest … Continue reading »

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Land of the Medicine Buddha

Taking a Hike and Learning Dharma Along the Way Every weekend we try to explore the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. We were looking for a new hike, so I searched AllTrails.com and found a very unique one. Less than ten miles northeast of Santa Cruz, California, is Land of the Medicine Buddha. Land of the Medicine … Continue reading »

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Go Climb a Rock!

First Time Visiting Pinnacles National Park One of the neat things about moving to an unfamiliar area is that everything is new. When the seasoned natives go away during holidays, we stay local and play tourist. So, the Christmas break was a perfect time to explore the beautiful California central coast. With Aaron home for … Continue reading »

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Kurtz Culinary

Finding Tasty Treats in Carmel Ok, I’ll admit it. I am a chocoholic. I do not, however, want to be rehabilitated. I’m quite fine coping with my addiction. I consider myself a connoisseur of fine chocolate. I love sampling new concoctions made from the magical cocoa bean. Traveling around the world has given me wonderful … Continue reading »

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Off on Safari!

Our Anniversary at Vision Quest Ranch This September 11th marked our 23rd wedding anniversary! Who knew that twenty-three years ago we would still be putting up with each other? Ok, she puts up more with me than I do with her, but either way we are still happily together. To mark the event and celebrate … Continue reading »

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The Monterey Bay Peninsula

Sitting on the dock of the bay… Otis Redding’s classic hit was playing in my head as we headed south on Interstate 5 for the San Francisco Bay area. We decided to take an impromptu road trip to Carmel, California, for a few days to check out the area and get relief from the cold … Continue reading »

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Spring in Washington State

Tip toe, through the tulips… It’s that time of year again. We all start to quietly ask ourselves why we live here. The rain has not stopped since November and even us weather hardened Northwesterners are thinking of migrating south for sunnier climates. Everyone’s daily wardrobe consists of Gortex. Muddy shoes and pant bottoms have … Continue reading »

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