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The joy of jumping. After pulling the raft over on a hot afternoon, my mates splashed into the cool waters of the Colorado River. One of those trips of a lifetime - 3 days rafting through the truly great Grand Canyon.
Lots more to come...

With thanks to the mighty crew and team of @westernriverexpeditions who make navigating rapids seem easy. Their sixty years of experience runs deep.

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A perfect fall night market at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Foodieland swept into town for the weekend with literally hundreds of vendors from across the southland. Best international street eats I`ve had without a passport.

The family-friendly event was crowded, but timed entry made getting around easy. Along with sugar cane, juices, and soda drinks, there were canned adult beverages as well as hard cider or Komucha samples.

Wear your walking shoes and bring wipes, you`ll eat standing - the tables were far from the stalls.

Music: Sunny. Musician:Ikson

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Oslo Sardine Bar keeps morphing. This month, the night unfolded from the street to the interior of @mabelsgonefishing with specialty cocktails and local brews (indoors.) The curated @oslosardinebar menu, taped in panels on the wall, offered cans of sardines, pickled mussels, smoked trout, and more... along with fresh baguettes and half loaves. Of course, Captain Daily tended all with a quick pour or comment while Brady and Chum serenaded everyone.

The passion project has morphed from a shipboard `closet,` to a bread factory, Seaport Village, and on to this beautiful setting with room to breathe.

I have to selfishly admit preferring the smaller, more permanent spaces that Max and friends embellished as only they can. Still, his ubiquitous, turntable meekly spun out ship sounds next to the bar, and calm seas prevailed.

Ahoy, San Diego, give these boys a permanent berth!

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A garden of odd delights - Desert View Tower and Boulder Park, an hour east of San Diego.

They`re one of the last Historic Folk Art Landmarks that remain intact in California. I`ve been past the stone tower dozens of times while driving east along Highway 8 between the desert and San Diego. This was the first time I found it open.

California State Landmark #939 sits in the boulder field just before the land slopes steeply into the desert. As a `station` it`s hosted travelers for hundreds of years. The First People established a stop on routes through the massive stones, then it served stage coach passengers, and in the 1920s, a plank road led across the desert floor to Yuma. The Highway bypassed it in the 1960s.

You need a ticket to climb the Tower stairs or wander Boulder Park. It can be tortuously hot, but luckily, we had cloud cover. Next time I`ll bring a picnic lunch, pause longer to enjoy the eccentric collections inside the Tower, and commune with the numerous carved creatures.

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Sphere has arrived. The Las Vegas phenomenon opens for events within soon, but the exterior show now flows on day through the night.

Bravo, Team Sphere - Creators of the largest globular building in the world.

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Sailing between Egypt`s Temples is glorious, and the smaller ships share the route graciously. Here`s a taste of their dance as we floated towards Aswan.

After years of scuba diving, the sweet fragrance of fresh water mesmerized me.

What a magnificent river.

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Elaine J. Masters

Elaine J. Masters, travel writer / tripwellgal on the road

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