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mammoth tar pit, la brea

La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles, California


Wooly mammoths. Sabertooth tigers. Great toed sloths. Downtown Los Angeles, California. Yup. They were there. For reals. That black stuff they pave roads with? Tar. Bunches of it right in the middle of the City of Angels. And they’re still digging out fossils. We stepped off our 3rd bus in less than 2 hours and stepped back in time. A…

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Mission San Juan Capistrano – San Juan Capistrano, California


The fragrance of thousands of blooms fills the air, floating on a cool ocean breeze.  The ruins of a magnificent cathedral give proud testimony to a transforming faith.  Is this Greece?  Turkey?  Egypt?   No.  This is the coast of Southern California, and the ruins are the Great Stone Church of Mission San Juan Capistrano.    This journey was more like a family…

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