Category: Travel

San Diego County Fair 2016

Today we accompanied Ms S and two school friends to the San Diego County Fair. Previously named the Del Mar Fair, this is in my opinion the best fair in California. The LA County Fair is almost too huge, and the Orange County Fair is too small. The San Diego Fair has a spectacular setting right on the ocean, nice and...

Shangri-La Day Foot Spa (San Gabriel)

This weekend the ladies wanted to repeat their very successful foot massage experience of last year. But this time we thought we would try something new. There are many foot massage places in San Gabriel but we spied one in the Black Ball mall that had some nice upholstered cushions and look like it might offer more than just foot...

Obama in Vietnam

President Barack Obama dined in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Monday with CNN personality Anthony Bourdain, whose “Parts Unknown” food travelogue is one of the network’s most popular nonfiction series. http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/obama-dining-with-cnns-anthony-bourdain-for-series/

Kauai, Hawaii – the Mega List

Note – we just returned from Kauai and will be making a major update to this page. Stay tuned. Kauai is one of our favorite destinations. Not only is Kauai a rural paradise chock full of outdoor adventure, it is Ms T’s Mom’s hometown (her Mom is 3rd generation Japanese).  The house she grew up in is still standing, and...

Oahu, Hawaii – the Mega List

Oahu is truly a tropical metropolis.  If you came to Hawaii to get away from the big city, then Oahu is not for you. But if you want to experience the up-and-coming trends in Hawaii, and have the high-end Hawaiian food experience, and see the big surf on the North Shore, (or if you are a Brand Name B*tch and...

Maui, Hawaii – the Mega List

You can’t go wrong on Maui.  The beaches are safe, the restaurants are terrific, and there’s lots of outdoor stuff to do.  Best for families, Maui wins for diversity and safety of ocean activities.  The Big Island involves too much driving, and Kauai beaches are not what I would call safe.  I would also pick Maui or Oahu for: first-timers...

Fortunately

…It was a beautiful morning on Sunday. What I didn’t mention was that we were hosted by some dear friends who really went out of their way to take care of us.  They provided the stove to cook the hot dogs, a table on which to play DD’s favorite card game, a space heater that was gloriously warm, and a...

Cold, verging on miserable, Saturday night

(I wrote this Saturday night when I was feeling particularly sorry for myself that we weren’t at the Hyatt Regency) It’s freezing. We’re in a tent. It might rain. I’m wearing a knit hat and I don’t wear hats because I look like a potato. I hope no one I know sees me. We had hot dogs for dinner that...

Yosemite Falls, full and glorious

Two years ago, in August, the falls were completely dry. But after this year’s big winter, the falls were really full as they used to be before the drought. The sound of falling water was deafening and the mist made you put on your rain jacket. It must have been 10 degrees colder on the bridge due to the humidity....

Yosemite Falls

Who knew a weekend in April would be so busy? At 4pm on a Saturday, we entered the park and were waiting in a line of cars that started just past Bridalveil Falls. The Ranger on his bike said he thought parking spots might be opening up soon in the public lots. DH kept asking why we couldn’t just park...