Visiting Fort Tejon State Park

Whenever I’m out exploring with family and friends I’m the go to driver. I like to drive (or rather be in control) and I’ve no fear of the road…except when it comes to mountain roads. They’re my Achilles heel. I’ll still drive but I WON’T enjoy it. So when it happened to rain on a […]

Catching the LEGO Americana Roadshow at Glendale Galleria

full disclosure: I received a gift bag when I attended this preview. All opinions are my own. As a kid I never could get into building things with LEGO bricks. I was too impatient to follow the directions and most of my creations tended to be…abstract. Despite this I’m endlessly fascinated with LEGO creations. Be […]

Visiting the Warner-Carrillo Ranch House

On the way to Anza Borrego last month my family and I found ourselves traversing the back roads of North San Diego County for the first time. It’s really quite picturesque with rolling hills dotted with ranches and farms. We even came upon a pack of wild turkeys! When in the Warner Springs area we […]

Visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House

When I received this month’s issue of Preservation (published by the National Trust) I was excited to see one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Homes on the cover. The Usonian Home is a Wright design made for the middle class family. The first one, the Jacobs House, was built in 1936 and several followed in […]

Visiting Stanley Ranch Museum in Garden Grove

Having grown up in Orange County I’m always amazed when I discover places that have been around my whole life. How did I completely miss their existence? One such place is Stanley Ranch in Garden Grove. Now, I must admit I had passed by it in the past and thought “that’s an interesting historic home” […]

A Wet and Windy Day in San Francisco

When I travel I try to make the most of my time in a new place and cram my days with activities. My reasoning is that there are so many places in the world to see that I don’t have time to make a return visit. So, I try to see as much as I […]

Exploring Lake Tahoe and the Eastern Sierras

Last week I wrote all about my family’s adventures through California Gold Country, the region of the state lying just west of the Sierra Nevada’s. We discovered a beautiful area rich in history but were also eager to discover the Eastern side of the mountain range. Luckily, we did just that as we made our […]

Everything’s Coming Up Roses at Exposition Park Rose Garden

Awhile back I had the perfect post about Fall flowers in Exposition Park. I was excited to share the beauty I had seen at the rose garden but then life got in the way. Before I knew it it was winter and my perfect post was out of date. But as I sit here on […]

Exploring California’s Gold Country

As much as I love Southern California I’m eager to explore as much of the state as I possibly can. This past Fall my family and I decided to tackle its Eastern portion and explored both sides of the Sierras. One of the areas we were most eager to visit was Gold Country and, let […]

Visiting The Oakridge Estate – Barbara Stanwyck’s Former Home

As a classic film lover I’m very lucky to live in Southern California where Hollywood history seemingly lurks on every corner. From movie palaces to filming locations to star hangouts to their former residences the area has it all. In fact, I love visiting the former homes of Golden Ages stars and luckily there are […]