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Elk, Deer, and Hermits

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Only hours into our first full day of exploring the Grand Canyon, I discovered the real benefit to visiting in the height of winter. It’s not the lack of crowds or the solitude (although that’s nice). It’s definitely not the…

Video: Driving the Hermit Road

Maybe it was the snow, or maybe it was the must-see scenery, but the Hermit Road felt a lot longer than its seven miles. It starts around the Bright Angel trail head ends at the appropriately named Hermit’s Rest. This…

Tusayan, Arizona

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Four hours later, we arrived in the small town of Tusayan, Arizona. While the Grand Canyon itself is open year-round, tourist services are very seasonal. The North Rim road gets so much snow that it’s closed off in the winter…

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…

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,…