New Zealand: An Unexpected Journey

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New Zealand: An Unexpected Journey

article by Dean Nelson @GayWhistler PART 1 OF 2 An Unexpected Journey to Middle Earth I really enjoyed my flight with Air New Zealand from Vancouver to Auckland, non stop on their Boeing 777-200. I arrived in plenty of time to YVR – Vancouver International and was greeted by a friendly smiling face behind the … Continued

Restaurant Spotlight: Captain Kidd’s in Redondo Beach

The next time you run away from Los Angeles to the beach, stop at Captain Kidd’s in Redondo Beach. Captain Kidd’s is a seafood market and restaurant located in King Harbor in Redondo Beach. It was founded in 1976 by the current owner’s father. Today, John operates the business and travels around Southern California for … Continued

Discovering Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach, just 40 minutes south of Los Angeles, is the perfect escape for a weekend. Far off the freeways, you’ll quickly forget you are anywhere near LA and become immersed in the relaxed beach culture. For your next weekend trip, here are the must-dos for a Redondo Beach vacation: To Do: 1. Paddleboarding (SUP) … Continued

Mexico: Sharing a Day of Service with my Son

by Sage Porter In March 2015, my 9-year-old son and I left Los Angeles by bus and spent a day in Mexico. Our group of 20 volunteers visited an orphanage to play with the children and bring donations.  The drive was filled with uncertainty as we did not know what to expect.  My son was … Continued

A Lazy Vacation: Four Seasons Santa Barbara

I have had a crazy 18 months. I knew I would (finally) have some free time, so I planned a vacation where I could really get back to myself. I set out on a restorative trip to find some peace. I went to Santa Barbara, and stayed at Four Seasons The Biltmore. I had been there before as a teenager, … Continued

Wandering the Streets of Zanzibar, Africa

I came to wander almost every city street in Stone Town, Zanzibar, Africa because the hotel receptionist said to me, “A map? You don’t need a map, getting lost is half the fun.” She was right. And there was no map anyway. Calling the narrow passages that were also unofficial obstacles courses ‘streets’ might have … Continued

Hiking Southwestern Portugal

What comes to mind when you think of Portugal? Cathedrals? Historic sites? Sixteenth Century explorers? Former colonies in Asia? Lethal jellyfish? How about some of the best hiking in the world. This past October, my wife Katherine and I hiked the Algarve, Costa Vicentina and Alentejo regions in SW Portugal. For the first four days … Continued

Cuba: Cycling into the Past and Future

My father, usually a quiet man, burst through the door and hustled the family in front of the television set. He said we were on the verge of something terrible and we needed to see and understand. It was October 22, 1962. My father, a career officer at the C.I.A., seemed distressed with things he … Continued

On The Move In The Galapagos

I feel a special affinity for the giant tortoises of the Galapagos. Like me, they are large and slow. Unlike me they are green, a hue I only achieve when I’ve had too much to eat or drink. They also live a very long time, well over 100 years on the average. Maybe that’s the … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel