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By the end of the first two pages of Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America’s National Parks, by Mark Woods, I was hooked. This is not just a memoir of Woods’s year traveling through national parks, […]
In need of a little respite from the real world, I booked a stay at the San Diego Spiritual Retreat Center an hour northeast from San Diego near Julian, California. The retreat promised stillness and yoga, two things I could definitely use more of.
As I drove through the countryside just a few dozen miles from my city, I marveled at how quickly the terrain and culture changed. In Ramona, rodeos and horses were at the center of society. Even further up in the mountains, people might not ever go to San Diego. Unfathomable. How did they ever shop at Target so removed from society, my city brain wondered. […]