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Cabo Rebuilds Luxuriously

Flying into Los Cabos International airport, tourists don’t recognize too much damage from Hurricane Odile, which hit Baja California Sur on September 13, 2014. Driving towards the lavish hotels and beautiful resorts towards the Cabo San Lucas Marina, guests will notice how the strongest hurricane ever to make landfall in the Baja Peninsula of Mexico, destroyed almost every building in its path with its 125-mile-per-hour winds. An estimated 92% of the population were left without power or water. It was the biggest electrical disaster in the history of Mexico, according to the Mexican Electric Company (CFE). One of the...

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Spectacular Silver Anniversary on Bora Bora

  Celebrating our silver anniversary, we flew to Tahiti and took a smaller plane to one of French Polynesia’s most desirable Leeward Islands, Bora Bora. We enjoyed exploring the bucolic French Polynesia Leeward Island 25 years ago for our honeymoon. We made a vow that if our marriage lasted 25 years, we would come back. The only way still to arrive at any of the resorts on the island is by boat. Our first stop was at the private Motu Tehotu, a reef islet formed by broken coral and sand surrounding an atoll. The sand is powdery white and the water...

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Glam Biking Through Santa Ynez Valley

Walking from my recently renovated room # 33 at Alisal Guest Ranch to the main pasture in front of the resort,  I was meeting a group of friends for a morning ride around Santa Ynez’s wine country. Then, I excitedly saw ten Titanium Motobecane road bikes resting against the white wooden fence. Motobecane bikes offer a plush ride with sweet handling, so for a novice like me, used to riding a cruiser, I was excited to ride on a thoroughbred of a bike. Long time Santa Ynez resident and Alisal employee, Eric Larsen, greeted us, adjusted our seats, helped us...

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