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Watch snowboarding and freeskiing U.S. Olympic finals at Mammoth Mountain this weekend — for free

Mammoth Mountain ski area will host snowboarding and freeskiing competitions this weekend to determine who will represent the U.S. at the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Visitors can see qualifying and final events for free from the main lodge or along the course at the Mammoth Lakes, Calif., resort.

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Come out and count bald eagles in Southern California, no experience required

Wanted: Volunteers, a.k.a. citizen scientists, to help count the number of bald eagles wintering over in Southern California — no experience necessary. It’s the 39th year that the U.S. Forest Service and California State Parks have organized the seasonal count to monitor how many eagles come to visit.

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Rudi Sodamin plays with his food. Holland America celebrates its master chef's 'Food Faces' in a novel way
Escape to California's quaint Moss Landing for a family weekend filled with kayaking and fresh seafood

The quaint fishing village of Moss Landing caught my attention a few years ago as I was driving along California’s Central Coast between Santa Cruz and Monterey. My wife, our two kids and I finally got to explore the area in the fall.

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Highway 33 north of Ojai is closed until early February

Highway 33 north of Ojai won’t reopen at least until early February, ruling out using the mountain route as a detour around the big 101 Freeway closure from Carpinteria to Santa Barbara. Highway 33 from the 101 Freeway remains open to travelers heading to Ojai.

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Aliens on the Vegas Strip? New York-New York adds virtual reality to the Big Apple coaster

The New York-New York Hotel & Casino will add a virtual reality experience to the Big Apple roller coaster, taking riders on an aerial adventure through the Nevada desert and over the Las Vegas Strip.

The new up-charge virtual reality experience, set to open Feb. 7, combines make-believe computer-animated visuals with the real-world twists, drops and G-forces of a 67-mph coaster.

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