Checking In: Beyond Waikiki

Checking In: Beyond Waikiki

There is no word in the American lexicon that evokes more of a sense of tropical never-land and dreamy paradise than Waikiki. Warm water, endless beaches, guys that look like Elvis and curvy women in coconut bras. Hawaii has long been painted as paradise with all the comforts and amenities of home.

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Checking In: Lake Austin Spa, Austin, Texas

Checking In: Lake Austin Spa, Austin, Texas

The dog days of summer were definitely upon me.  Long, hot days with no end in sight; I was looking at the start of school and waking up to breakfast duty for the next I-don’t-know-how-many months. I needed a breather before I got into the ring for another year of high school drama around our house.     

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