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Featured: The Equals Record + Why We Go

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Have you all heard of The Equals Record? Now published weekly, The Equals Record focuses on themed issues comprised of words, photos and illustrations created by and for women.

I had the distinct pleasure of contributing a little piece titled "Why We Go" to Issue 3: Exploration, which launched yesterday. I would love to read your stories about why you travel and explore in the comment section at the end of the essay.

You can read the full essay here.

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If you're anything like me, it may be tough for you to stop reading once you begin to take in all of the amazing contributions they've published. To learn more about The Equals Record, click here. You can also purchase the recently released Equals Volume 1: Exploration here


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72 Hours in Denver, Colorado

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Visiting a new city is always a good time. Whether I'm adventuring in a quaint town or vast metropolis, I just never tire of experiencing a place for the first time. Luckily, my friends Megan and Philip were kind enough to be my tour guides and gracious hosts for a 72-hour trip to Denver, Colorado at the end of April. 

While the trip was a quick one, I learned five very important things about the Mile High City and the people who live there.

1. Denver's art scene is incredible!

Who knew?! Not this girl. Yet, everywhere we turned, we came upon fantastic public art, street art, galleries and museums. I couldn't stop finding cool things to capture. Nice work, Denver!

Lao Tzu // By Mark di Suvero

Lao Tzu // By Mark di Suvero

The Big Sweep // By Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

The Big Sweep // By Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

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Dancers // By Jonathan Borofsky

Dancers // By Jonathan Borofsky

Dancers // By Jonathan Borofsky

Dancers // By Jonathan Borofsky

Dancers // By Jonathan Borofsky

Dancers // By Jonathan Borofsky

I See What You Mean // By Lawrence Argent

I See What You Mean // By Lawrence Argent

I See What You Mean // By Lawrence Argent

I See What You Mean // By Lawrence Argent

The Yearling // By Donald Lipski

The Yearling // By Donald Lipski

The Shoot Out // By Red Grooms

The Shoot Out // By Red Grooms

2. The city is full of cool neighborhoods.

If there's one thing I like about exploring a new city, it's figuring out where the locals go to eat, shop and hang out. Megan and Philip were on board and we walked around several super cool districts and neighborhoods throughout the city. While I didn't do the best job capturing all of the awesomeness, I definitely appreciated them showing me around and I have a nice long list of places to check out next time I'm in town. 

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3. Denver's public transit is alright by me! 

Seriously. It's pretty great. Sure, it's no underground subway, but Denver's public transit system gets the job done. We were able to check out much of the city via the light rail and free shuttles (in downtown). Plus, taking public transit meant we could have a drink (or two) while taking in the sights!

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4. Denver is definitely a university town.

The University of Denver is beautiful. Philip is currently working toward his MBA and he and Megan showed me around campus one morning. As we explored the areas surrounding the university, it became clear to me just how much fun happens off campus. Sports bars, restaurants, you name it... they've got it.

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5. When the sun is shining, the people of Denver love to get outdoors. 

So here's the deal: I flew in on a Friday. It had been snowing two days before I arrived. I left on a Monday and they were expecting a huge spring storm to dump more snow by Wednesday. In between, however, we enjoyed gloriously sunny days. Megan took me to Washington Park (pdf), which is one of the largest parks in Denver. We soaked up all of that sunshine (and people watching) like nobody's business.

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After spending a few days in Denver, I left wishing I could have explored a little more. I suppose that's the way you want to leave a new place, right? Wanting just a little more time?

I have a feeling I'll be back in Colorado to visit Megan and Philip very, very soon.

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Have any of you been to Denver lately? What were your favorite sights to see or things to do?  Have you ever left a city and wished you could have just one more day to take it all in?


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Pescadero + Bernoulli + Happy Links

After a week of dreaming of, reminiscing about and plotting our next trip to the U.S. Northern Rockies, I thought I'd better throw in a nice sunset-over-the-Pacific photo for today's post.It's Friday (yippee!), so enjoy this little weekly wrap-up and have a great weekend!

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{"Nature always tends to act in the simplest way." // Bernoulli}

Happy Links:

  • Sacramento chef Adam Pechal is making the grade on ABC's The Taste. Any of my Sacramento friends watching? We all know reality TV isn't really real, but it's sure fun watching him do what he does best on a national show.
  • When Apartment Therapy featured this adaptable house in Washington I did a double take. Can you imagine living in a place like that? Talk about options!
  • Have you checked out these photos of the Flower Carpet Festival in Brussels? AMAZING. Anyone seen it in person?

Wrap it Up:

If you missed any posts from this week, just follow the links!

  • We made it official: Glacier National Park is on the books for this year. Plus, our favorite Grand Teton cabin rentals (from our 2009 road trip) finally got the recognition they deserve.
  • I found some old footage from the aforementioned trip and made a little video. I keep watching it and smiling. Memories are amazing little treasures, aren't they?

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Happy Friday, all!

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