Tag Archives: California

White Mountain Peak: love atop hell

When I think of the most beautiful place I’ve ever been, I think of White Mountain Peak. White Mountain Peak is an arid and lifeless mountain emerging from the desolate desert floor in Eastern California.  There are no trees.  There … Continue reading

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The Crusade against Sameness

For the past two years, I have driven between California and Texas six times.  I drive because I enjoy the shifting landscape, the lonely desert towns, the peace of solitude, and the reconnaissance with displaced friends along the way.  Also, … Continue reading

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Quack vs. the Beach

I was born to a paradox whose name is California. My father, a son of the Gold Rush, was raised in the City by the Bay, looking inland towards the granite cliffs of Yosemite, past the old foothill mines to … Continue reading

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Californisms

Sometimes when I go to sleep, I’m afraid that when I wake up, I’ll be staring at the ceiling of my childhood bedroom circa 2001, and for the next three hours, I’ll be telling my friends and family about what … Continue reading

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Land (a Californian and Texan perspective)

Forgive me for the West Coast arrogance, but California is pretty damn awesome.  We’ve got it all: mountains, coasts, valleys, deserts, the largest tree in the world, the tallest tree in the world, the oldest tree in the world… yeah, … Continue reading

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Quack’s Guide to Hippies and Rednecks of California

As a Californian living in Texas, I often have to fight the perception that my homeland is full of hippies and surfers.  I had hoped this stereotype of my people would be cast aside by my presence itself – I’m … Continue reading

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The Dumbest Route I Ever Drove

For most Californians, there exist Southern California, Northern California, and a stretch of boring-ass freeway that connects them.  As a NorCal expat living in SoCal, I drove this stretch of I-5 on a regular basis, so much so that I … Continue reading

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