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Safari at Madikwe Lodge: Will The 7-Ton Elephant Bull In Musth Charge?

I never understood why anyone would fly 24-hours from California to the African bush only to potentially be eaten.  After three days at the Madikwe Safari Lodge I get it. The person who comes between you and a she-lion eating

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South African Safari Now! Days 4 & 5

I write this missive from the veranda of the Lelapa Lodge in Madikwe overlooking the South African safari bush. The air is redolent of  desert rains, my soundtrack the twittering, screeching and singing of over a thousand avian choristers, and

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Safari Bound: Days Two and Three

Hello, South Africa! After a six-hour flight from Los Angles to New York and a fourteen-hour flight from New York to Johannesburg the eagles have landed! Three mom bloggers, five kids, two mothers-in-law, one father-in-law and three husbands. Over the

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South Africa Bound: Day One

We awoke at the crack of a gnat’s ass this morning and stumbled about preparing to depart on the first leg of our South African safari, which is a flight to New York and a sleepover there. Yesterday it seemed

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We Leave For An African Safari on Wednesday!

On Wednesday, should all the stars align, my family and I will be boarding a plane DESTINATION AFRICA! I don’t really believe it. It seems impossible that after 24 hours of travel we’ll be standing in the Southern hemisphere on

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I’m Dreaming of Africa: My Personal Photos

My family and I are going to Africa in February, which I won’t believe until I land. In August of 2000 I had the incredible good fortune to work on a D movie (sorry Alyssa Milano – you were great,

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Things I Hadn’t Tried In San Francisco

My mom lived in the bay area from the time I was 9 until I was 29. Here’s what I’ve done there: Poured a concrete slab with my stepdad Guido on Old Tunnel Road before the fire burned down his

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Do You Always Think You Should Be Somewhere Else?

We’re on our family summer trip where we must MAKE MEMORIES, dammit! We’re “doing” the California coast. We’ve hit Santa Barbara, in El Capitan and are currently in Monterey on our way to San Francisco! Today we drove the 17-mile

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Grand Canyon Snaps

Hope you enjoyed my Grand Canyon snaps.

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Over The Edge Death In Grand Canyon!

Over The Edge Death In Grand Canyon is the title of the book I’m reading since Henry, the kids and I set off for the Grand Canyon via train this morning. Maybe if we take the mule ride tour we’ll

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Wordless Monday in Sedona, Arizona

We’re on spring break.  There are no beer funnels.  No calling parents from a Oaxacan jail.  No tequila-induced tattoos of dancing Geishas on our bottoms.  There’s no girls gone wild.  Just girls (and Henry) gone child. We’re traveling the southwest

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Show Me The Way To Go Home aka Hawaii Big Island

“Show me the way to go home, I’m tired and I wanna go to bed. Had me a drink about an hour ago and it went right to my head. Wherever I may roam, Oe’r land or sea or foam,

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We Saw Saturn!

We did. We saw Saturn with the rings and everything. It was little and white and … well, it could have been just a stencil laminated onto the state-of-the-art telescope at the top of Mauna Kea, the largest mountain from the bottom

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The Bull and The Beehives aka Hawaii Big Island

“If we’re lucky we might get to see The Bull!”  Uncle Robbie says. When he says this Clare and I are standing in a field of six-foot high elephant grass a stone’s throw from my brother’s backyard on The Big

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Don’t Make Me Fly To Hawaii!!

Our plane landed in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii at 8:02 p.m. last night. Once again we had cheated death. Mid-Pacific I thought I saw a gnome cutting wires outside on the airplane wing, but it turned out to be my reflection in

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In Utah I’m an Alcoholic

Utah is beautiful. It has a gorgeous snow-peaked mountain range, a moonscape salt lake basin, Mormons who raise big families with well-mannered kids and a plethora of temples with the Angel Moroni blowing his golden trumpet on top. Hello Handsome!

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Do You Fall Down?

Does anyone besides me fall down? Because I seem to fall down a lot. I’ve fallen down, epically, at least three times in the last year and a half. Fall #1. I was showing off riding Clare’s razor scooter in

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Leaving Las Vegas (minus the booze)

We’re on our sixth hour of driving from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City to visit family for spring break. Collectively Clare (8), Bridget (7), Henry (old bastard) and me (none of your business) have eaten: 1/2 bag Trader Joes

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