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Preserving Pismo’s Scenic Ridgelands

Preserving Pismo’s Scenic Ridgelands

(Originally published April 11, 2017; updated February 15, 2018) For Northern Californians, Pismo Beach, about 180 miles north of Los Angeles, is an eclectic little town that offers a convenient and scenic stopping point along Highway 101 for breaking up one long day’s drive to Greater L.A. into a more manageable and less stressful two-day …

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Priced Out of Nature: The High Cost of a National Park Vacation

Priced Out of Nature: The High Cost of a National Park Vacation

(Originally published September 21, 2016; updated February 15, 2018) “$30 park fee?” That’s what my wife said after reading an article in our local newspaper about what it costs to “get in the door” at Grand Canyon National Park. That sounded high to me, so I checked the park’s Website. Yep, it’s $30 for a …

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Parking a Tree Park to Death

Parking a Tree Park to Death

(Updated January 14, 2018) Muir Wood National Monument, a 17 mile drive north from San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge is in danger of being “loved to death.” The monument’s giant coast redwoods aren’t being crushed by “tree huggers.” But its parking lots are becoming so choked by visitors’ vehicles that a “Take-A-Number-Next-Customer-Please!” entrance …

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Amtrak Service South of Seattle Stops After Derailment

Amtrak Service South of Seattle Stops After Derailment

(Updated at 9:45 a.m. PST, Thursday, December 21, 2017) Amtrak service south from Seattle was interrupted on Monday, December 18, 2017, after one of its  “Cascades” trains derailed between Tacoma and Olympia sending train cars crashing onto vehicles in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. News media were reporting at least three fatalities among passengers …

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“Cuba, Libre?” Documentary Vies for Another Film Award

“Cuba, Libre?” Documentary Vies for Another Film Award

Cuba, Libre?” has been selected to compete in the Impact DOCS Awards. The documentary was released in January of 2016. Here’s the film’s trailer: “Cuba, Libre?” Trailer from Dick Jordan on Vimeo. The film’s opening title tag line, “Will Americans Ever Again Travel Freely to Cuba?,” makes the documentary even more relevant to viewers now …

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“Cuba, Libre?” Wins Film Award, Nominated for Best Documentary

“Cuba, Libre?” Wins Film Award, Nominated for Best Documentary

Cuba, Libre?, the Tales Told From The Road feature-length documentary about travel to Cuba by Americans from the early decades of the 20th century to the present day, has just received a Platinum Award in the 2017 Oregon International Film Awards Documentary Feature Competition. Work on the film began in May of 2015 and was …

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