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Alabama Hills and Awesomeness of Instagram

Alabama Hills and Awesomeness of Instagram

Being stuck in a tiny town of Lone Pine after my car broke down going through Death Valley, I was anxious to do something. Anything. Sure, it was nice to rest for a couple of days, but doing nothing got old pretty quick. So, after visiting Lone Pine film museum, one morning I decided to get adventurous and head over to Alabama Hills for some hiking and to see if I can find some of the spots where famous cowboy westerns were shot. After all, the Hills were only three miles away from Lone Pine, so I figured I would […]

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A week in Lone Pine, CA

A week in Lone Pine, CA

Lone Pine, California – the name itself implies a not-so-happening place. Yet, that was the place I spent the most of my time in during this two months long road trip. It wasn’t by choice thou – my car broke down as I was trying to go through Death Valley and Lone Pine was the closest place with an auto shop. Calling Lone Pine a town would be a stretch – with one main street along Highway 395, it is mostly a collection of motels and restaurants catering to the passers-by. In fact, Wikipedia refers to it as a “census-designated […]

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Case of the Mondays #26: San Francisco

Case of the Mondays #26: San Francisco

Exactly a week ago now, last Monday, my car broke down in Death Valley and I have been stuck in a little town in the middle of nowhere waiting for it be fixed. Not sure about you, but with the rest of epic road trip plans currently on hold and not even a word on whether the car is fixable, yet alone when it would be ready, I could sure use a picker-upper on this Monday. So I will do what I always do – share one amazing thing with you instead. How about a panoramic view of one of […]

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Stuck in Death Valley, Part II

Stuck in Death Valley, Part II

So I had myself stuck in Death Valley. My car has overheated driving up the Towne Pass and I was caught between the rock and the hard place trying to decide whether I should try to push it and keep going up the pass a bit more in hopes of everything cooling down after that or turning around and heading back to Panamint Valley. Something seemed to be seriously wrong with the car. Even after I would let it cool down, I could not drive for more than a couple hundred feet before the engine temperature would jump up again. […]

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Stuck in Death Valley

Stuck in Death Valley

Off to the hottest place on Earth. During it’s hottest season. At the hottest time of the day. Death Valley awaits! Somewhat foolishly, I posted the above on my facebook page as I was nearing Death Valley National Park. I just spent a few days in Yosemite, saw the amazing tufa formations at Mono Lake in the morning and the freaky basalt tubes at Devil’s Postpiles on the way to Death Valley. Few more hours later I would be in Vegas to pick up my friend from the airport and continue to Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks tomorrow. So […]

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Yosemite Adventures – Finding a Campground

Yosemite Adventures - Finding a Campground

As I discovered yesterday, finding an open camping spot in Yosemite National Park is not an easy task. With reservations filling up five months in advance, the handful of first-come-first-served campgrounds tend to vanish by early morning. After spending the night at a hugely overpriced site outside the park, I was determined to get myself one of those coveted last minute spots. Rising before 7, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the dehydrated camping meals I have been lugging with me for over a month now – with just a cup of boiling water, I […]

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On the Way to Yosemite National Park

On the Way to Yosemite National Park

After just a bit over a week of decompressing in San Francisco, I was itching to hit the road again (while my sister and her boyfriend were probably itching to get rid of me). But first, I had a stop to make at TripIt. TripIt is a travel itinerary aggregator service that makes it simple to keep track of [almost] everything in one place. I love it and it’s been one of top three most useful apps/services throughout my travels for about three years now. So, when I met with their marketing folks at TBEX Toronto, they encouraged me to […]

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The Most Beautiful Drive In The World – More Pictures

The Most Beautiful Drive In The World - More Pictures

I have recently posted about the drive my sister and I did following the breathtaking California coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Unfortunately, it was a quick one as we had only one day to do it – not nearly enough! But we were still treated to some amazing views I have shared in that post. Truth to be told, I had a hard time narrowing down a list of photos to put up. And since a few people have asked for more, I am gladly obliging here with just a bunch more of awesome photos. If you have […]

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The Most Beautiful Drive In The World

The Most Beautiful Drive In The World

The ocean, the rugged coast, the mountains, the beaches, beautiful parks, wild animals, crazy weather and picturesque towns on the way –┬áCalifornia State Route 1, otherwise known as Pacific Coast Highway, has it all! And I got to experience most of that, all in one day, thanks to my sister’s decision to move to San Francisco once she graduated last year. To be honest, I was a little bit skeptical before the trip. Sure, everyone and their favorite magazine raves about the drive. But this is also true for New Zealand and I was pretty disappointed by the drive along […]

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Santa Barbara and Its TV Series

Santa Barbara and Its TV Series

When I was growing up in Ukraine in mid 90s, a whole lot of ┬áCentral American soap operas were being played on TV all the time. Most people got tired of them after a few years, but one American TV drama series that remained popular forever was Santa Barbara. I don’t really remember much about it now, just the fact that it was taking place in Santa Barbara – the playground of rich and famous as well as the fact that they seemingly had endless number of episodes. It ran for so long that some characters were played by multiple […]

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