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Valley of Fire, Nevada

I was in Las Vegas for the very first time for a conference, and found myself completely overwhelmed by the blinking lights, drunken visitors, labyrinthian casinos, public smoking, and perfume-drenched air. Over the course of the five days, I could feel myself suffocating. In fact, one afternoon I got lost in the casino that I had to navigate to get to my hotel room, and … Continue reading Valley of Fire, Nevada

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Rocky Mountain National Park

My ten year old son and I decided to run away together for a long weekend, hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. This was our first experience in high altitudes, and while he battled nausea the first day, I battled the desire to lie down in the middle of any trail and take a nap–we were quite a team! But with snowy summer peaks surrounding us, … Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park