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Road Trip! Eastern Sierras

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Chinese New Year Flower Festival

A fat pop! bursts through the crowd. A shower of confetti and curling metallic ribbon shivers and shimmers, alighting on heads and blanketing the pavement. A little boy clutches gleeful, greedy fistfuls of the streamers and dances madly about to the techno pop thrumming out of a nearby tent. I take a hunk of suckling […]

Road Trip! Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

I combed. I scoured. No octopus. It was midday and the sun was bright, without even a wisp of a cloud overhead. The shy, nocturnal octopus likely wouldn’t be making an appearance. Still… * I hopped from a pitted, rocky outcropping onto a soggy patch of sand, eyes never lifting from the still, shallow pool […]

Musee Mecanique

Saloon-soaked piano notes cavort over the cotton-candy tinkle of chimes. Air hockey pucks chink and clink. Brass bells clang. Monkeys in bright vests and pompom trimmed sombreros blow on horns. A drunken mime slouches against a lamppost, leering suggestively. Lights stutter and blink, the ferris wheel goes around and around, and a man is hanged. […]

Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Gathering

People hug blankets and hot cups of coffee to their chests, chattering and smiling for pictures. The undulating rumble of chanting woven through with a soft, steady drumbeat floats up from the deck below before being snatched away on the chilly wind. Other than the wink of a few stars and the distant pools of […]

Road trip! Venture Quest Kayaking

If a breaching whale comes down on you, you will die. The smiles ringing the group slip slightly. A woman who was already visibly apprehensive about the whole venture sucks in her breath and shoots her husband a tight-lipped sideways glance. “I’m sorry, but that’s just a fact. I don’t want to tell you this […]

Antique Vibrator Museum

For a store that took vibrators out of the dark, seedy shadows of the downtown porn shop and onto the shelves of brightly lit storefront spaces, it isn’t surprising that Good Vibrations decided to celebrate the sex toy with its very own museum. Tucked into the corner of Good Vibrations’ flagship store on Polk Street, the […]