Anyone can grouse and moan about his perfectly hideous airline experience, his personal flight from hell, replete with tales of woe concerning cancellations and delays, TSA body-cavity searches, cramped seating next to a hirsute man in a tank top and flip-flops, surly peanut-hurling cabin service, added charges for everything from baggage to, seemingly, the very ions of the air you breathe.
Travel opportunities are plentiful in the upcoming weeks. The California Academy of Sciences gives you the chance to see whale skeletons on exhibit. Mount Diablo State Park offers wildflowers in bloom and the habitat of tarantulas to explore.
Sacramento-area residents who have recently visited Cuba and those about to make the trip to the island nation of some 11 million people talk about change: anticipated economic growth for Cuba and change from its current appearance as a frozen-in-time Cold War nation. Experts say financial growth for Cuba could be slow, given its widespread poverty and need to upgrade infrastructure.
California’s ninth annual Artisan Cheese Festival is easily the biggest cheese and wine gathering in the state. Other day trips include spring flowers in Point Arena, pinot tasting in Santa Cruz and a Civil War photo exhibit at Stanford.
So I came to Pivot Point Interpretive Plaza, hard by the Colorado River, for illumination. Nothing epiphanic, nothing metaphorical at all. Actual illumination, as in the nightly laser "show" that is supposed to send twin beams across the low-lying river rim, a visual representation of the Yuma Crossing that put this place on the map when the Spaniards rode in late in the 1700s.
Cleared of millions of plants that were put on display for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, the greenhouses at the Walt Disney World nursery behind Animal Kingdom look like they've been looted.
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