Southern California United States

Return to Laguna Beach

September 8, 2017
Laguna Beach

I can’t remember the last time I’ve been to Laguna Beach. Definitely more than 20 years. So a few weeks ago when I had the opportunity to revisit, it was like hooking up with an old friend. Well, I actually did hook up with my old friend Jacqui who took me and my daughter to Laguna. She now lives in Dana Point which is about a 10 minute drive to Laguna Beach. Parking can be challenging in Laguna as it’s…

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New Orleans United States

New Orleans 48-Hour Whirlwind Tour

August 10, 2017
New Orleans French Quarter

New Orleans here we come! It’s hard to believe all the places I visited, I’ve never been to New Orleans. And as much as I like a good party, one would think it would have been first choice. Scoring a great two-night package deal, my gal pal Danielle Lescure and I had 48 hours to do some damage… and that’s exactly what we did! The airline tied to the package was Spirit Airlines. Definitely not my airline preference, but watcha…

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Guest Blogger Hawaii

Hawai’i: The Big Island, Part VI – A Final Hawaiian Hurrah

August 3, 2017
Hawaii black sand

We’ve reached the final day with guest blogger Danielle Lescure on her Hawai’i Adventure of The Big Island in the last installment of the 6 part series. With my flight back to Los Angeles not scheduled until 8:00 in the evening, I knew I had time for one last excursion. I hopped in my rental one last time and headed for Punalu’u Black Sand Beach.  Yes, the black sand is the real deal created when lava meets the ocean tide and is smashed…

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Hawai’i: The Big Island, Part V – The View from Mauna Kea

August 1, 2017
Mauna Kea

Welcome to Part 5 of 6 series with Guest Blogger Danielle Lescure on her Hawai’i Adventure of The Big Island. Next stop is Mauna Kea. As I’ve mentioned previously, I really, really, really, really, really wanted to reach the summit of Mauna Kea to see the observatories. I’d made one attempt on my own and had also signed up for a Summit & Stars tour to take place a few days into my trip. Both were thwarted by a brush…

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Hawai’i: The Big Island, Part IV – Volcanoes National Park

July 27, 2017
Volcanoes National Park

The Hawai’i Adventure continues with Part 4 of 6 series as we explore Volcanoes National Park with Guest Blogger Danielle Lescure. Madame Pele, Hawaiian volcano goddess, does not like me. Or perhaps she just picked me to mess with. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me back up.  When I first told one of my co-workers I was going to the Big Island, he shared how he’d spent his honeymoon here and how it feels like you’re on the moon. It’s…

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Hawai’i: The Big Island, Part III – Hilo

July 25, 2017
Hilo - Umauma Falls

Guest Blogger Danielle Lescure takes us to Hilo – a tropical paradise of her Hawai’i Adventure in Part 3 of 6 series. One of the fascinating aspects of the Big Island is that half of it, the Kona side, resembles the surface of Mars thanks to all the roads and hillsides covered in volcanic trails and rock leftover from past eruptions. This is the youngest of the Hawaiian isles and still has active volcanoes. The other half of the island,…

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Hawai’i: The Big Island, Part II – Kohala

July 20, 2017
Pololu-Valley 2

Guest Blogger Danielle Lescure continues her Hawai’i Adventure in Part 2 of 6 series as she ventures over the Kohala Mountain Pass. The best laid plans, as they say. But in Hawai’i, if Plan A goes awry, there’s always a Plan B to pursue!  As I mentioned in my first post, one of the reasons I’d chosen the Big Island was because I’m a nerd and the summit of Mauna Kea is nirvana for people like me being the site…

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Hawai’i: The Big Island, Part I – Southern Kailua-Kona

July 18, 2017
Kealakekua Bay

Guest Blogger Danielle Lescure shares her Hawai’i Adventure in a 6-Part series as she ventures throughout The Big Island. You know how you get really excited about a trip and then worry it might not live up to your expectations? Yeah, that never happens in Hawai’i! Though I’ve only traveled to Hawai’i once, exploring the Big Island exceeded every possible expectation I had.   Friends had recommended Maui or Kauai as options for my first Hawaiian vacation, but the Big…

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New York State Wine

The Keuka Lake Surprise

July 8, 2017
Keuka Lake

It’s hard to believe we actually pulled it off! A year in planning the big Keuka Lake surprise for my mom’s 70th birthday. My father wanted to plan a week getaway for my mom’s special day. For years, she wanted the entire family to do a trip to the lake. The original plan was to try to find something around Cape Cod, but ultimately we settled on The Finger Lake Region: Keuka Lake. First, let me mention it is not…

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Central America

Costa Rica New Year

April 28, 2017

YES, YES, I KNOW! Sorry I’ve been gone so long , but truth be told when you’re trying to manage the daily grind it can be a little overwhelming at times. To bring you up to speed with what’s going on in my world;  I had an amazing time in Costa Rica, which we’ll get to that in a moment. Right now, I am getting in gear for my work events and big fundraiser at RaiseAChild.org, and in addition, I’m working towards…

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