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[Richmond, VA] I had originally planned to drive to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello today, then visit Shenandoah National Park and maybe even take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. But the weather turned today – the temperature plunged to the 40s from the high 70s yesterday, and it’s supposed to rain – and Ramon will be done with his sessions after lunch, so I don’t really have time or the desire to… Read More

[Danville, VA] Around 9 am Wednesday morning, I was all set to head to Danville, VA – the little town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge where I spent my college years. I have driven the Richmond – Danville route many times and despite the fact that haven’t been to this area in at least 5 years, I knew it probably had not changed much. After a short drive on a… Read More

[Washington, DC] All along we’ve been checking the forecast for our trip and Wednesday, Oct 26th was supposed to be a partly sunny day with temperatures in the low 70s. During my morning run in Alexandria, the weather was beautiful and it was shaping up to be a relatively warm Fall day in the metro DC area. So we embarked on our walking tour of DC lightly dressed and without an umbrella…. Read More

[Alexandria, VA] We landed in Washington DC around 10 pm Tuesday night. We picked up our rental car – a little sporty Nissan Versa that I really like – and hopped on I-495, also known as the Capital Beltway. The Beltway is notorious for congestion but we were surprised to find bumper to bumper traffic this late in the evening – we were down to one lane because of construction. It didn’t… Read More

[Los Angeles, CA] With my final post from CMS 2011, I thought I’d share some of the lessons I’ve learned from traveling for 3 weeks with 60 people. 1. Traveling in a large group is like herding cats. Literally. 2. It is possible to drink a can of Red Bull and promptly fall asleep. 3. When eating in a foreign country, you can ask “What’s in it?” but so many times. Like… Read More