Seattle Space Needle Reflection at Night

A Day at Moclips and Aberdeen

Moclips Washington

What better way to spend a Federal Holiday than a day at the beach?

On Thursday, Veterans Day, I loaded up my Maserati GX-450XYZ with bikini-clad Pam Anderson look-alikes and pointed the car toward the shore, intent on a day of beach volleyball, sand castle building, frisbee, and other assorted fun in the sun.

Imagine my disappointment when I arrived at Moclips to find the following:

Moclips Washington

WTF?

Since when does it rain in Western Washington in November?

Goddamn Murphy’s Law.

Okay, in all seriousness, these beaches are probably more to my liking than those found in Santa

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Saturday on the Puget Sound

View of Seattle Skyline from the Ferry

View of Downtown Seattle Skyline from the Ferry

When I lived in New York City, I took the Staten Island Ferry roughly 2-3 times a year, and overall, I used to enjoy it.

The view of lower Manhattan was great, but my enthusiasm was always dampened by the fact that I was either headed to, or had just come from Staten Island … the redheaded stepchild of New York City. I swear, if not for the Wu-Tang Clan, Staten Island would probably have had its borough status revoked by now, as well it should have.

Seriously, what were they

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Astoria, Oregon

Astoria Pier - Sea Lions

Welcome to Astoria, Oregon

One of the things that I hated most about living in Las Vegas was the lack of a viable ‘day trip’.

It wasn’t that there were no day trips available, it was that they all more or less looked and felt the same. When you live in Las Vegas, you can make it to the following towns and back in one day (assuming you spend 4-8 hours at your destination):

Pahrump Mesquite Blue Diamond Red Rock Canyon The Valley of Fire Lake Mead Laughlin Primm Boulder City Baker Barstow Mt. Charleston

While some of these

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