Sam McManis

Discoveries: The Pan Am Experience a flight to the past

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.

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Escapes: Marvel at whales in San Francisco

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.

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