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08/1/22
Catskill Mountains

A REAL Catskill Vacation

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Swan Lake, NY.   Swan Lake? What’s there?   A lot.   A whole lot.   Probably a lot more than you even thought to think about, actually.   But in its own, unassuming way, this pristine part of the Catskills retains much of the beauty of the old-world mountains, without the crowds and traffic you’d find in the more popularly known towns. And it is quiet. Much nicer and...

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07/29/22
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Of Miracles & Memories…

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…and Rusty Nails Reused   By S.A. Rowner   It was made of memories and miracles. And it was ingeniously expandable to any size it needed to be.   A feat of engineering, you might think. But certainly not according to the laws of physics.   Using those principles, the structure probably shouldn’t have stood at all. After all, it had no walls. Not in any definition of walls we...

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07/29/22
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Cold Feet, Brominated. (Part 2) A Winter (Mis?)Adventure

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On 2020, hot tubs, quarantine, and witches in a blizzard, Part 2 By: S.A. Rowner (continued from part 1)   Uh-oh. Apparently, they sent him to a completely different house than what he’d booked, and it looked nothing even remotely like the pictures. Upon reaching out to the owner, she assured them not to worry, she had made a mistake and she owns multiple houses, so don’t worry if it’s...

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07/29/22
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Cold Feet, Brominated. (Part 1) A Winter (Mis?)Adventure

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On 2020, hot tubs, quarantine, and witches in a blizzard, Part 1 By: S.A. Rowner   And so, as it inevitably happened to so many others these past two years, a friend of mine’s child tested positive for Covid.   As we all learned back in March, 2020 – and some of us are still learning through it – being stuck at home with everyone in quarantine is certainly no...

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07/29/22
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How Not to Vacation

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Wintertime CAN be fun… or really not…   By: S.A. Rowner   The treadmill of a busy life just doesn’t stop.   And it gets tiring, makes one feel irritable, and sometimes just gets overwhelming. Never mind when enough life situations bombard you at the same time, making it feel like someone threw the speed switch up to the max.   And that’s what happened to a good friend of...

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07/27/22
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Living off the Land – (Part 3) – Quite Literally! – A Florida (Vacation?) Experience

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(Continued from Part 2)   By: SA Rowner   The jet ski pricing at JSK was reasonable, the machines in great condition, and most importantly, the people nice.   Our guide pointed out a massive manatee hanging out by the docks to us. He explained that being creatures that live primarily in salt and brackish water, they love the treat of freshwater from the hose when he rinses the jetskis....

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07/27/22
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Living off the Land – (Part 2) – Quite Literally! – A Florida (Vacation?) Experience

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(Continued from Part 1)   By SA Rowner The world of social media sharing makes so many jealous because people choose to share picture-perfect moments that make your life look like a fantasy on unending positive experiences.   You don’t find people sharing things that don’t go right. But face it, nothing in life is completely perfect.   It’s a good thing that you can’t smell pictures, because, well, while...

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07/27/22
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Living off the Land – (Part 1) – Quite Literally! – A Florida (Vacation?) Experience

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(Warning… not for the faint of heart!)   By S.A. Rowner   There are two kinds of vacations. At least in my opinion.   There’s the vacation that you take, to just kick up your feet and relax, with a drink at your side, and do nothing but breathe.   Maybe I’ll enjoy those someday, but for now, I can’t imagine doing that for more than 45 minutes without dying...

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07/27/22
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Learn From My Mistakes

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…so you don’t have to make them yourself. By S.A. Rowner   Sometimes you have to learn things the hard way.   Like the time I went skiing for the first time, when I was about nineteen or twenty years old and came down an entire frozen mountain, painfully on my posterior. Most of that pain was probably shame.   You see, I grew up in the era where roller...

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07/27/22
Florida

Is that a lizard?

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Yes! And here’s why you want them to stay… South Florida is home to beautiful weather, amazing attractions, Florida Kosher Villas and yes, millions of little lizards running around everywhere. But hey, no need for panic. These guys are part of the scenery and the sunny weather nature life around here, and if you let them, will be a memorable and enjoyable part of your Florida experience.   Here are...

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