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The Shameful Misuse of our National Parks


The government shutdown offered a unique opportunity for Americans to enjoy our National Parks for free. To camp and wander unrestricted and prove ourselves worthy of this gift. And we showed ourselves dreadfully unfit by the shameful misuse of our National Parks. Shame on us! Unfortunately, vandalism, trash, human waste, and off trail destruction has been our return. Apparently, we…

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El Malpais, New Mexico


One of our favorite stops in New Mexico is El Malpais National Monument. Conveniently situated off of Interstate 40, El Mal is surrounded by tribal lands and the Cibola National Forest. It’s a great place to pause in the drive between Flagstaff and Albuquerque. The National Park Service has a free guide to the history and culture of the El…

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Boost 02 review


I have always had respiratory problems. Spending the majority of my adult life in the dryer air of the desert and the mountains has helped significantly. Being back in the city with the heat and the smog and the congestion has taken its toll. I haven’t had an asthma attack yet, but the breathing is a little bit labored. When we…

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Slow Travel with Children


Many people are hesitant to travel with children at all, much less undertake slow travel with children. I confess that with my grown children I attempted to undertake a slow travel lifestyle, but chickened out after 6 months. It wasn’t the cost, which was far less than what it was costing us to live in California. Nor was it the…

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Location Independence – What is it?


There is a phrase being bandied about these days, especially on travel blogs: location independence. But what is location independence, exactly? I submit that that depends entirely upon you. What is location independence to you? First, let me back up. The idea of location independence is a combination of freedom to live or travel anywhere independent of the source of…

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