Same Time Every Year

What’s making us happy today

Cool nights by warm fires (with franks). There’s a certain contentment and nostalgia to roasting a hot dog over an open fire. Fort McDowell Adventures hosts its own version of First Friday every winter in Scottsdale, though art isn’t exactly the focus. Friday Night Franks is campy cuisine, like s’mores, burgers, ribs, and the namesake dog. Movies and hay rides are on tap, too.


Here come the ladies. While male elephant seals began coming ashore on California’s Central Coast in November to fight for dominance and breed, their better halves are scheduled for later this month (December). See them at the Piedras Blancas rookery on Highway 1, about 50 miles south of Big Sur.

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Seal Image: Nicole Uibel courtesy of NOAA/MBNMS

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