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Hwy. 1: Gloriously foul elephant seals

A highlight of my trip up Hwy. 1 for my VIAmagazine.com story was a stop at Ano Nuevo State Park, home of seals, sea lions, otters, and the animals for which the place is best known—the massive elephant seals.

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Hwy. 1: Stand up (and fall down), a paddleboarding adventure

I stopped at the Half Moon Bay Kayak Co. in Pillar Point Harbor. While they specialize in kayaking (as the name suggests), they are also at the forefront of the newly popular sport of standup paddleboarding.

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Hwy. 1: Exotic berries galore at the Swanton farm stand

Driving north on Hwy. 1 between Santa Cruz and Pacifica isn’t all about staring at the views over the ocean to the west. Look to your right and you’ll see acres of cropland, with many family-run farms that have been in the area for generations.

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Flaming Gorge: Beauty worth pausing for

The sign at the Sheep Creek overlook promises “300 million years at a glance.” Looking north from this perch off of Scenic Byway 44, I asked my husband if he saw any Jurassic or Entrada or Permian formations.

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Fort Vancouver: Photo essay

Standing on the frosty, hard grounds of Fort Vancouver, you can’t help get a sense of the history there. Photographer David H. Collier paints a winter portrait of the historic spot.

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Relaxing Vacations: Everyone Comes Around Eventually

When traveling, one should partake in things that make a destination distinctive. I’ve even gone so far as to defend active travel at VIAmagazine.com.

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Oregon's Enchanted Forest, where childhood dreams come true

I have a distinct childhood memory of heading north on Interstate 5 through Oregon.

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Napa Valley: Off the menu at Gott's Roadside

Opening high-profile satellites in San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace and Napa’s Oxbow Public Market may have put Gott’s Roadside on the official tourist radar, but for in-the-know regulars, the St. Helena original drive-in grill offers a few unadvertised “secret” items.

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Grand Teton: Walking in a winter wonderland

Technically they’re the same place, but under as much as 15 feet of snow the park is a very different place—and every bit as beautiful.

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Flaming Gorge: Filling up on off-season service

With nothing but coffee and road-trip food—sunflower seeds, tortilla chips, tangerines, and chocolate—to fuel us until we reached the Red Canyon Lodge's restaurant, my husband and I nearly sank our teeth into the menu.

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