Author Archive for Hillary

The Hoover Dam

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After a few days eating, drinking, and conventioning in Las Vegas, it’s generally time to get out of the city. Las Vegas started out as a water stop on the wagon trail and grew into a very welcome relief from…

Friday Photo: Koh Rong, Cambodia

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Did you know Cambodia had such beautiful beaches? I’ve spent the past few days in a handmade hut on the beach of a remote island. There’s no electricity and it’s a forty-minute jungle trek to the nearest village. The island…

Friday Photo: The Golden Triangle

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Good morning from the apex of the Golden Triangle. This area might be best known for its former days of opium production, but today people travel here to see beautiful views of Thailand, Laos (to the left in this picture),…

2013 in Numbers (and Species)

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Where does the time go these days? In school, I looked forward to Christmas vacation because that week off seemed blissfully drawn out (yet too short, by the end of it). Summer? Forget it. With two months off, the possibilities…

The Last Closing Bell Of The Year

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It’s a dilemma that mankind has been asking itself since Year One: What should we do for New Year’s Eve? I’ve done Times Square. I’ve done house parties and apartment parties. I’ve done the ubiquitous $100 open bar events. I’ve…

Christmas in New Jersey

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So as it turns out, people love to read about holidays. I thought I would bore you all with Halloween and Thanksgiving, but I’ve gotten more emails and comments about these posts than anything else. Granted, one of them was…

Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks

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I’ll go straight from Halloween to Thanksgiving. (That’s how it felt in real life anyway, right?) Besides, that picture of me from Halloween is freaking people out. I’ve learned to appreciate Thanksgiving the most by seeing it from foreign perspectives…

The Manhattan Halloween Project

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I don’t think there’s a more fun time to be in New York City than Halloween. This is such a creative and enthusiastic city, and in general, each year I’m more and more impressed. What was I this Halloween? Well,…

The Perfect Fall Weekend

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We haven’t had much of a fall season the past few years. Burning hot Septembers went straight into freakish October snow flurries and then the rain went straight through until winter. This year, we had the full effect: perfect crisp weather,…

An English Pub in the Bahamas

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I have a “no Irish pubs” rule when I travel. It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that they’re ubiquitous. To me, they’re the equivalent of going to a chain restaurant in a foreign country — too safe,…

A Furry Five Years

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Five years ago, I had no idea my life was about to change. Then, this little fur ball came barreling straight into it with his head up and his tail wagging. We’ve been inseparable ever since. Today, Seamus is five. On…