Month: August 2013

“The Telling Room”: Spanish Caves and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese

“The Telling Room”: Spanish Caves and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese

(This story has been made available to Tales Told From The Road by the news syndication service Repost.us.)

The Telling Room (via The Christian Science Monitor)

The Telling Room, by Michael Paterniti, Random House, 368 pp. In rural Spain there exist caves dug in the hillsides called bodegas. Each bodega has an entry room, a threshold known as a contador, or telling room. The caves are places for people to…

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A Close Shave on the Road

A Close Shave on the Road

Life on the road is much easier for men than women.

Instead of putting on their face every morning, they just have to take the hair off it.

But which of these choices offers the best way to get a close shave when you’re traveling?

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imageForget that giant 11 oz. can of shaving cream. It won’t fit in a toiletry kit like many guys carry.

The 2 oz. Gillette “Foamy Regular” is the only “travel size” aerosol can of shaving cream that I can find in drug stores where I live. Even though it’s bigger than Godzilla, it’s easy to pack, and probably doesn’t violate TSA’s rules on carry-aboard aerosol cans.

But like its bigger “cousin,” it’s easy to squirt out way more foam than you need. So you can waste a lot of the product and, on an extended trip, run out of it.

It turns out that a bottle of “shaving oil” packs smallest, lasts longest, and gives guys a clean-as-a-whistle shave.

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Sneaking a Peek at Lassen Peak

Sneaking a Peek at Lassen Peak

Although at 10,457’ Lassen Peak is both the highest and most prominent feature in Lassen Volcanic National Park, getting a glimpse of it isn’t always that easy.

After viewing it from the shore of Manzanita Lake on the northwest corner of the park, there are only a few opportunities to see it while driving along the park’s through-road. And in the Warner Valley and other parts of the park’s southwest section—about two to three thousand feet below the trailhead to Lassen Peak—intervening ridges mostly block views of the mountain.

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But here a few photos of the now-dormant volcano that I was able to take during my trip at the end of July.

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