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    After 5 Years of Drought, Southern California Comes Back to Life

    The view from the trail on the side opposite of Barbara’s Lake About a year ago I went to Laguna Beach Wilderness Park and took the short hike to Barbara’s Lake. Except it wasn’t a lake any longer. Instead, a dry and cracked crater sat dying in the hot sun due to the unrelenting and uncompromising California drought, which lasted five years. The weeds have plants and flowers to devour once again. Now as I walk over the reborn lush hills of the expansive green trails at Laguna Wilderness after our recent wet winter, across the 133 highway I can see a healthy natural lake filled only with the rain that…

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    The Canadian Rockies are Calling, the Wolves Howling at the Moon

    Since we know we’re headed the furthest north either of us have ever been, my girlfriend and I begin our road trip by driving the full expanse of California, starting south of Los Angeles, stopping for the delicious Temple Coffee in Sacramento, and staying overnight in the undesirable town of Redding, the only benefit being the view of Mt. Shasta you get from the road. The next day is a shorter drive to Eugene, Oregon. Since we’ve been to Eugene before and we’re tired from the long drives, we simply eat some Italian food and buy Voodoo Donuts for breakfast in the morning and resign to our modest hotel room. Third…

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