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Snowy Sunrise at Crater Lake National Park

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  10 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  •  3 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  •  Dining  •  8 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  •  Hotels  •  6 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  •  Points of Interest  •  3 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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Tips for Whale Watching in Dana Point

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  2 Comments

Whale watching season is upon us! November through April, Gray Whales pass along the California coast, and there’s no better place to watch them in SoCal than in Dana Point. If you’re visiting Southern California in the winter, I think whale watching is a must-do. Especially from late December to late March, whale watching is […]

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Sunrise Surprise at Maligne Lake

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  7 Comments

Captain’s log, stardate 93337.74. Our location is Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, as we await the sunrise. It’s 6:05 a.m. (for those of you losers who can’t convert from stardate šŸ˜‰ ) and the clouds are quickly rolling across the Canadian Rockies in the pre-dawn sky. Unlike our previous adventure in Yoho National Park, […]

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California Road Trip – Live Report

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  13 Comments

My parents and I are on our way up the coast of California from Laguna Beach to Los Angeles to San Francisco, with a lot of stops along the way. Join us the next few days as I share live photos from the road at our stops from our journey from Southern California, along the […]

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Yoho National Park Trip Report – Part 2

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  6 Comments

This Yoho National Park Trip Report, or rather the trip to the Canadian Rockies that led to this report, is my latest excuse for lack of posts on this blog. Sorry. We’reĀ startingĀ with Part 2 of the report because Part 1 will be significantly longer and I’ve been playing serious catch-up, so it’s easier to post […]

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