Attending the Lone Pine Film Festival

If there’s one thing I’ve learned after attending three consecutive TCM Film Fests is the fact that I do enjoy a good film festival! To spend the weekend with like-minded folks and indulge in film appreciation is my idea of fun. Since the TCM one only happens once a year I did a little research […]

Weekend Fun in Phoenix

full disclosure: I was invited to visit Phoenix and received complimentary lodging, meals and entertainment. All opinion is my own. As one who has a bad case of wanderlust there’s always a list of destinations I’m dying to visit and I must admit Phoenix wasn’t on it. This Arizona metropolis just a few hours to […]

Visiting Leo Carrillo Ranch and Northern San Diego County

On Independence Day weekend I had two wonderful day trips. One day my family and I headed to the mountains and visited Idyllwild and the other day we stayed coastal in San Diego County. After a stop in San Clemente we spent the rest of the day exploring the north county towns of Oceanside, Carlsbad […]

A Visit to Idyllwild

Before the holiday weekend my family and I were debating what to do. We thought about heading out of town…maybe taking a trip up the coast to Santa Ynez or San Luis Obispo. Then we checked out hotel rooms. Most were sold out but there was always Motel 6 for a mere $176 per night. […]

Spending the Day in Redlands, CA

Some of my favorite adventures are the ones that happen by accident. Take this past Saturday. My mom, Shannon and I were headed into the Inland Empire with a final destination of Cherry Valley and possibly, Idyllwild. Heading down the 10 freeway we came upon Redlands, CA and agreed we’d been meaning to visit for […]

Exploring Santa Fe History

When I travel I long to explore the museums and historic sites of the area. In Santa Fe, I hit the mother load. The city is filled with history and I had ample opportunity for exploration. In fact, there was so much that I couldn’t see it all in one visit. I guess I’ll just […]

Searching for Poppies with Net Effects Traders

Every year when Spring comes around I think “I should go see the poppies.” The official state flower blooms for a brief period and there are certain locations where they thrive. Unfortunately, none are within 2 hours of where I live so I usually end up missing the bloom. This year, I was determined to […]

Dining in Santa Fe

Santa Fe is a town with a strong cultural heritage. It’s home to several historic sites both sacred and secular, a thriving artistic community and a rich food and drink scene. Before visiting I was well aware of the historic and artistic elements of Santa Fe but had no knowledge of it’s culinary scene. After […]

Seeking out the Sacred in Santa Fe

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, one of the most important holidays in the Christian faith. Having been raised Catholic the holiday and the preceding Lenten season has always had a significance for my family. A period of reflection followed by a day of celebration was one of the cornerstones of my upbringing. How fitting that this […]

A Lovely Stay in Santa Fe at the Inn on the Alameda

After returning from my weekend in Yuma I settled down to rest…for two days and then I headed back east to the Land of Enchantment – New Mexico. My destination was Santa Fe to enjoy a a short visit with my aunt. This was to be a personal vacation but I was able to work […]