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Trip Planner: A city gal braves the great outdoors

By Courtenay Edelhart
Friday, Jul 25 2014 12:18 AM

I am from Chicago. When Chicagoans want to see grand vistas, we look down at trees from skyscrapers and go, "Hmmm, they look like broccoli from up here."

This is how God intended humans to behold nature. It is my spectacularly bad luck that after coming to work for The Bakersfield Californian, I befriended fellow reporter John Cox, who does not share my take on nature.

I cringe every time he cheerfully saunters over to say, "Hey, we're going camping/fishing/hiking this weekend. Wanna come? The kids'll love it."

And that's where he gets me. When I adopted a daughter and son sans husband, I promised myself I'd find a way for my boy to do, well, boy stuff. So I gotta go, but ahead of each trip, I tell John several times a day that I hate...

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