Alex SavakisConcord, CA, US
As a graphic designer, he designed presentation decks, logos, infographics, digital graphics, and printed collateral. He loves graphic novels, comic books, and cooking. He finds comfort among his flower garden and fruit trees. His husband and he live in Concord, California, near San Francisco.
Maps By Alex Savakis
Between Concord and Walnut Creek, CA, sits Lime Ridge Open Space for walkers, hikers, and mountain bikers to enjoy. It's wild land so we see coyote and snakes. A herd of cattle work 24/7 to keep the grass short to mitigate fires. We hike a 3 mile loop (our legs never looked so good). At the summit of this section we get views of Suisun Bay, three cities, a long range of high hills, and Mt. Diablo, one of the highest peaks in the region. Spectacular!
Who knew Tulsa has the third highest concentration of Art Deco architecture in the U.S. behind NYC and Miami? I didn't until I asked a friend to tell me about Tulsa. She moved there to attend college and stayed. The 3-mile walk from the Center Of The Universe passed the "Artificial Cloud" sculpture to Boston Ave United Methodist Church will take about an hour to complete. South of the city center you'll find "God Mod" architecture on Oral Roberts University campus, an architectural style unique Tulsa. Seriously, Tulsa is an unsung architectural mecca. Road trip!
What would you do if you discovered a map about an interstellar chase? What if the scribbles along the top of the map describe the chase between two alien species? With eyes cast toward the heavens, you ask yourself, are we alone? How primitive are we? Where's the "Rosetta Stone" of this alien language? And did these species drink Tang and eat freeze dried ice cream?
We were wearing down the treads of our shoes and psyches from walking in our neighborhood. A recent social media post about a labyrinth from a friend forced us to change - or escape - our scenery. We took our shoes and our psyches on a trek to find the mythical labyrinth. We found it on our third trip to the park. Three is a charm.
Our vacation spot where we suspend reality to relax, indulge, and let go. Our favorite spots are Bread and Roses for breakfast, lunch, and a late afternoon coffee jolt (laying on the beach is hard work). After dinner we head to the Front Porch to hear the piano man and theater lovers belt out showtunes. We'll catch musical theater at the Ogunquit Playhouse. We'll take leisurely walks along Marginal Way (it's better than a treadmill and the view of the seemingly endless ocean is calming). When rains comes we hangout in our rental cottage to read, watch mindless TV, and nap.