Saturday, June 5, 2010

Capital Hill People's Fair

Capital Hill People's Fair (Washington)
we found ourselves stuck in
the food corner

If you live in the Denver, Colorado, area (or are just a sucker for good fairs) head to the Capitol Hill People's Fair in Civic Center Park. This annual event starts tomorrow, June 5, in celebration of Denver's diverse urban community. Stroll stalls of arts and crafts, jewelry, and paintings—as well as some of the more classic street eats like grilled corn-on-the-cob, funnel cakes, and big brisket BBQ, all while taking in a line-up of live music, acts for the children, and street theatre. The event is free to the public and a great way to experience the personality of the Mile High City.
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Te Araroa (New Zealand)
we tell each other not to be kiwi
if we want to go on the trail

More than ten years in the making and billed as one of life's great adventures, Te Araroa ("The Long Pathway" in the Maori language) is due for completion at the end of this year when the final 150 miles of linking tracks open to provide a 1,895-mile tramping trail that runs the gamut of New Zealand landscape experiences. The trek starts at Cape Reinga in the north of the North Island and ends (for those who want to tackle it in one go) three or four months later at Bluff on the far tip of the South Island.

Santa Barbara Backcountry (California)
up and down we go drunken with
the vine scenery

Start your cultural exploration of this rich city with a backcountry wine-tasting trip. Roam around mountain roads in jeeps driven by experienced Santa Barbara guides, stopping at local vineyards along the way. Then head downtown for dinner, where food connoisseurs can choose from the fresh fish and produce brought in from the local fisherman and farmers. That night, bed down in one of the hotels near State Street—a downtown hotspot near cafes, the beach, and shopping on Stearns Wharf. Then wake up, and do it all over again.

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