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Winter Hiking Packing List

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Gear  •  3 Comments

Planning a winter trip to a place with cold weather? Wondering what to pack to stay warm for your hike or photography expedition? This post has you covered! Growing up in the snow belt of Michigan where the “Lake Effect Snow Machine,” as our local weatherman typically called it and attending college just south of […]

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Christmas in Paris

Posted on Nov 28, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Travel Tips  •  4 Comments

Christmas is beautiful in Paris. Everything you can imagine: romantic, lavishly decorated, and a bit on the cold side. On our first visit to France, Christmas celebrating was in full swing when we were in Paris in mid-November (since there’s no Thanksgiving, I don’t think anyone gets miffed by Christmas starting in November), and it […]

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The Zen of Bonsai Rock at Lake Tahoe

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Cool Spots  •  2 Comments

If you’re looking for a serene spot to enjoy or photograph the sunset at Lake Tahoe, there are few better locations than Bonsai Rock. It’s one of the hidden gems of Lake Tahoe, and a really unique photo location. This is because the distinctive feature of this location is a large rock with some plant […]

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My First Winter Day in the Sequoia

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photos  •  1 Comment

Every tree calls for special admiration…Were they mere mechanical sculptures, what noble objects they would still be! How much more throbbing, thrilling, overflowing, full of life in every fibre and cell, grand glowing silverrods—the very gods of the plant kingdom, living their sublime century lives in sight of Heaven, watched and loved and admired from […]

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Snowy Sunrise at Crater Lake National Park

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  9 Comments

In the previous post, we had just finishing photographing a gorgeous sunset at Crater Lake National Park. The next morning, we were up bright and early (which actually is a misnomer: it was early, but most definitely dark) for sunrise. This time, the plan was to hike out for a better view, either to Watchman […]

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Winter in Crater Lake National Park

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  2 Comments

Crater Lake National Park is a beautiful place, and it’s even more beautiful in the winter with a fresh blanket of snow. I added it to my photography bucket list a while ago, when I started seeing a number of brilliant shots of it. Like most photographers, I prefer my mountains covered in snow, and […]

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The Wizarding World of Butterbeer

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Restaurant Reviews  •  3 Comments

Even if you aren’t a Harry Potter or theme park fan, you’ve probably heard of Butterbeer. It is the iconic drink of the book series, and has become a pop culture hit as the delicious drink is sold exclusively in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands at Universal Studios Florida (Diagon Alley) & Islands […]

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Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Review

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotel Reviews  •  4 Comments

Fairmont Banff Springs is a hotel in a castle. That’s right: a castle. I don’t know what more I need to write in this review. If you have a pulse, at some point in your life, you have wanted to live in a castle. Well, here’s your chance…at least for a night or two. Okay, […]

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Old Mission Santa Barbara: Tips & Photo Tour

Posted on Nov 21, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews  •  2 Comments

This post offers a photo tour and review of Old Mission Santa Barbara Mission in California, north of Los Angeles. This was the tenth of twenty-one California Missions that was founded by the Spanish Franciscans on December 4, 1786. That’s right–this mission has been around for some 230 years. Pretty impressive stuff. Before we delve […]

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Fall Colors in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  7 Comments

Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio is not one of the “big name” US National Parks, but it certainly does have some beautiful fall colors. I spent a weekend in Cuyahoa Valley National Parks during the tail end of the autumn foliage and did some hiking out to see its waterfalls and do as much […]

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