Top Santa Barbara Lunch Spot

SB_EateryAll this rain we are having in California has left me soggy. Even though I know we need this rain with our severe drought years in the running, it has nevertheless left me dreaming of sunnier days. One such day was spent at the delicious Benchmark Eatery in Santa Barbara, California.

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Norwegian Klippfisk

Norway_Klippfisk_1.jpgName that fish. Well, you have a bit of a head start as it is in the title of this post, but go for it — yes, Norwegian klippfisk! Norwegian klippfisk is a dried, salted cod that is the old/new darling of northwest Norway. It was also once one of Norway’s most important exports.

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Pipe Dreams, Fun Facts, and 2017

sunset_cactus_2Happy New Year! The first full week of 2017 is quickly coming to a close. This is the time many people reflect on the past year and strategize for the year to come. Dreams are sharpened and brought into focus…even if some are thought to be “pipe dreams”. What exactly are pipe dreams you ask?

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5 Top US National Parks to Visit

lava_park_textThis is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service whose centennial birthday was August 25, 2016. The National Park Service is part of the National Park System (NPS) which is charged with preserving the natural and cultural resources of protected areas of the United States including national parks, national monuments and national conservation areas.

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Hoover Dam, Hot Damn!

hd_damSome things really are awe-inspiring as is the case with Hoover Dam in Nevada. This cement wall holds back enough water to irrigate roughly 2 million acres…impressive!

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St. Olaf, The English Church, in Balestrad, Norway

olaf_sideOlaf from the Disney movie Frozen is one of my favorite movie characters. His unfaltering optimism is refreshing in a world where many lean the other way. So, when Spaceman and I were in Balestrad, Norway, I couldn’t believe our good fortune to stumble upon the church where Olaf came to life, St Olaf’s Church – also known as The English Church.

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