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Eric and I visited Asheville, North Carolina (Beer City, USA) for the first time in July 2013. We just can’t stop going back. Learn about our favorite beer spots in town.

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Cassie
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Nov-2011

On Sunday, October 9, and after two visits to the no-kill Small Miracles Cat Rescue on Rt. 40 in Ellicott City, I brought Cassie (formerly Harmony, and now named for Mary Cassatt, home) for a foster period, and to see how her and the 10-year-old mutt got along.  I saw her story and photo in […]

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Tuckerman's Ravine on Mt. Washington
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On August 19th, eight members of the MOC met up with six members of the AOC for an adventure in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Each member of the group averaged about 15 miles on rocky terrain, including going up the famous Tuckerman’s Ravine and Mt. Washington. We gained about 4,000 ft of elevation […]

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Well, I’m back home. It was quite an adventurous journey. The last full day in Hawaii, I lounged around the lagoon, pool, and water slides a bit more before checking out around 1 pm from the hotel. With 6 hours to kill prior to the rental car return, we decided to do some more sightseeing. Instead of going towards Diamondhead and the Polynesian Culture Center, on the East side, we headed straight into the heart of Oahu to see the Dole Pineapple Plantation. Here, we took a 20-minute, 2-mile train ride into the plantation, walked around the gardens for a bit, and tasted fresh pineapple. We did not have time for “The World’s Largest Maze,” but it looked pretty cool.

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The first truly lazy day I’ve had on the trip so far. I slept in. Then went to a local diner for breakfast. I had pineapple pancakes, and yes, I did try out the coconut syrup that you’ll see in the photos. Quite delicious. Next, my friend Pat moved onto surfing lessons. You’ll see some […]

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With only three full days left in Hawaii, and on a new island, we decided to fit in the stuff that were must-do’s first, and have the remaining two days to take it easy. So, we got up early and headed for Pearl Harbor. We spent about four hours here, between the movie, Arizona Memorial, […]

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On Thursday, I woke up around 6 am, ahead of my alarm going off. This was so that I could fit in a kayak trip up the Wailua River prior to departing the island. I hit the river around 7:30 am, paddled about 2 miles, hiked another mile, into see Secret Falls. Kayaking and hiking, […]

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Lora and I headed over to meet Carrie, her mom, and aunt at the ANARA Spa at the Grand Hyatt Resort in Poipu about 15 miles west of our hotel. Here, we prepped for Carrie’s and John’s wedding with hair, nail, and makeup, as well as lunch. Upon arrival, Lora and I took a quick […]

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Monday was quite a jam packed day. Started out the morning early, by visiting both Opaekaa Falls and Wailua Falls, in about an hour and a half round trip from the hotel. Both are within 10 miles of where we are staying, but we took many photos and also found another geocache (an Earth Cache, […]

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Sunday was the most surreal experience I’ve had to date in the outdoors. We started off super early (considering we’ve now adjusted to island time). Up at 6:30 am, out the door by 7 am, an hour later at the Kalalau Trailhead (northwest corner of island, in the Na Pali Coast), around 8:15 am. Here, […]

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