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Want to get lost? Let this couple's blog be your guide

Uncover the day-to-day life (and the actual cost) as a couple backpack on less traveled roads through Afghanistan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Georgia and Iran.

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If it's lavender fields forever you're seeking, you can find that deep purple haze much closer to home

You don't have to go to Washington for a celebration of all things lavender as the Sequim, Wash., story suggested [“They Just Love Their Lavender,” by Sara Lessley, May 21].

Highland Springs Ranch & Inn in Cherry Valley, north of Beaumont, has an annual Lavender Festival ( This year its June 9-11 and 16-18, and you can stay on the property.

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Peruvian treks, learn to tie knots



An REI expert will teach you basic camping knots and how to tie them.

When, where: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the REI store in Woodland Hills, 6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Admission, info: $29. (818) 703-5300



Learn about hiking the Inca Trail as well as other off-the-beaten track Peruvian treks.

When, where: 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Adventure 16 store, 11161 W.

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From LAX, a $795 round-trip fare to the South Pacific's Cook Islands on Air New Zealand

You can get to the exotic Cook Islands for $795 round trip from LAX on Air New Zealand.

The fare, which includes all taxes and fees and is subject to availability, is for departures on Saturdays on these dates: Aug. 26-Sept. 24, Oct. 21-Dec. 15 and Jan. 20-March 31.

Returns are on Fridays. You must stay at least six days but not more than 20 days. You must buy your ticket by June 10.

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How Disney fit a Guardians of the Galaxy space age power plant into a theme park

The new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout ride set to open Saturday at Disney California Adventure looks like it was dropped from outer space into the middle of the Anaheim theme park. And that’s by design.

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Something else the Romans conquered in Vegas: shoppers. Forum Shops, first on the Strip, mark 25 years