The Wonderful Warner Grand

Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s the only movie theatre I knew was the multiplex. Either in a mall or surrounded by a giant parking lot it was a nondescript structure filled with identical black box theaters that often had sticky floors and dirty seats. Not until I became an adult and started to […]

A Day in Tehachapi

Recently my sister, Shannon, asked if I wanted to accompany her to a Western Swing music festival in Tehachapi. I happily agreed not because I’m a huge fan of western swing (though I do enjoy it) but because I had never visited the town before and was eager for a day of exploration. I expected […]

An Evening at Golden Gate Park

Last weekend I found myself back in the City by the Bay to to attend the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. It was a fantastic event (which I’ll tell you all about soon) but I couldn’t spend my entire trip in a darkened theatre! So, one evening my family and I headed out to explore […]

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 […]