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5 Secrets to Exploring Los Angeles on a Budget

In All Topics, Guides, United States by Ryan4 Comments

Los Angeles: the city of glamour, fame, and fortune. It can be a “hella” fun place to visit — but it can also bottom out your bank account if you aren’t careful. Traveling to Los Angeles? Then take note of these simple hacks to save money in the City of Angels. Some travelers come to LA expecting to spend tons of money on the clubs and clothes, and …

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Weekly Travel Photo: Union Soldiers playing Dixie at Gettysburg

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This week’s travel photo comes from Gettysburg Pennsylvania, a place I hadn’t visited since I was in elementary school. After I returned to the US recently, an old friend offered to take me around the battlefield and the historical town and give me an in-depth history lesson. The Battle of Gettysburg, fought between July 1st-3rd of 1863 was one of the largest battles fought of …

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Amtrak Across America Day 3: Seeing Clearly

In All Topics, Train Travel, United States by Ryan10 Comments

Another day on the cold steel road, more lessons. The third day of my Amtrak train adventure across America taught me about life in a timeline, and why you should take advantage of every moment. It was through hazy grey-blue eyes that I felt as though I could travel through most of the history of the United States. Marge, with those time traveling cloud-like eyes …

Weekly Photo Mojo: Desolate Beauty in the Salton Sea.

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Besides the hungry gulls squawking, an eery silence lays over Bombay Beach. Once a town, floods from the Colorado River submerged the area and only left remnants of a town that once was. The ground is crusted over by salt from the Salton Sea which has a salinity level higher than the entire Pacific Ocean combined. While exploring California before my big trip to Southeast …

Weekly Photo Mojo: A Silver Lake Reflects the Sky in Infinite Symmetry across Oregon.

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It was Day 3 of my train adventure across America and my last day on the Empire Builder. We were just entering into Oregon when I woke up and looked out my sleeper car and peeked out the window and saw this. Immediately I grabbed my Canon, racked the shutter speed up to 500, and began snapping photos. The clouds and the sky melted into …

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Amtrak Train Across America Day 2: Discoveries.

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The second day of my Amtrak train adventure across America gave rise to more discovery. Unexpected, one of self belief. The other — forgotten values of America through interactions with people I wouldn’t have spoken to in every day life. I woke in a slight mental haze around 8:00am. Confusion. Bewilderment. Maybe it was just sleeping on a train that did it to me. Or maybe …

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Weekly Photo Mojo: New Orleans, it’s in the Clip-Clop of the Horse and Buggy.

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One of the normal sights and sounds of New Orleans, especially in the French Quarter, is that of the colorful row houses with wrought-iron railings and the clip-clop of the horse and buggy rides. Yet another reason why this town just has a soul different from the rest of the United States, and yet another reason why it is my favorite city in North America. …

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Great Falls National Park: Best Day Hike Near Washington DC

In All Topics, Guides, United States by Ryan6 Comments

A fierce white, frothing river cuts through grey, jagged bedrock at thousands of pounds per second. Parallel sits a now docile canal, once built-in hopes of increasing trade and traffic through the region. The thunderous roar of the falls can be heard for miles amongst the green brushed treetops and the lush, fern covered shorelines. When you think of Washington D.C. do you really ever …

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Weekly Photo: Sunning Sunrise over a New Orleans Cemetery.

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As we creaked out of New Orleans on the Amtrak Crescent train, we happened to stop beside this massive cemetery just as the sun was crawling over the horizon and flooding through these above ground crypts. All I can say is – hauntingly beautiful. Recently I took a trip down to New Orleans for a wedding, and subsequently fell in love with this lively city. …

Weekly Photo Mojo: Washington Monument in the Haze.

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On a windswept winters day while wandering Washington D.C. I paused to admire the giant obelisk that is one of our most well-known national monuments. The haze was thick enough to blot out the sun, and it looked as if the tree’s skeleton silhouette was grasping it. Weekly Photo Mojo is about stimulating your cortex with retina rupturing and awe-inspiring photos from around the world …

Weekly Photo Mojo: Fiery Inaugural Sunrise Over the Capital Building.

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On the frigid morning of Monday January 21st, 2013, the sky was set aflame by the rising sun as it climbed over the horizon. It was bone-chilling and all our breath dissipated about in the sky as we shivered and huddled together like Antarctic penguins trying to stay warm. It was a big day, the day United States President Barack Obama would be sworn into office …