Winicunca – La Montaña de Siete Colores

Tucked deep in the Ausangate (Sacred Mountain) region of the Peruvian Andes lies the majestic and picturesque mountain Winicunca (also spelled Vinicunca), also known as el Cerro Colorado, La Montaña de Siete Colores, or more commonly, Rainbow Mountain. Other than knowing it was a beautiful and breathtaking (literally!) trek to one of the highest peaks in the […]

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Berrinchuda in Big Bear

One thing I’ve learned after spending a week in Big Bear with three kids all under the age of 6 is that I don’t know shit about what it takes to be a mother. I thought that because I was raised by a single working mother of four, I understood and knew the struggles of […]

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Negrita Cucurumbé

My abuelito was a world traveler. Before diabetes. Before the doctors amputated his leg. Before his heart attack. Mi abuelito was a photographer, a journalist, a businessman, un viajero. Every few years my abue would take his nietos to Mexico. My turn finally came the fall of ’96, the year before he passed away. I was […]

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This isn’t TacoBell, Bitch.

Like most kids growing up, Saturday mornings were my favorite day of the week. Sleeping in, watching cartoons, home-made breakfasts, I lived for Saturday mornings – except for those Saturday morning cleaning days, with the mami soundtracks, yeah, we’re not talking about those. I’m talking about spending quality time in the kitchen whipping up desayuno, […]

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The Big Sur Inn

“Get your shifts covered this weekend.” He said. “I booked us a cabin at the Big Sur Inn. We can take my car.” He’d been trying to book us a cabin there for months, with no luck. That was just like him though, always planning stuff on a whim. I loved his spontaneity. There was […]

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