Sports, Sunsets and Other Miscellany

Today I’m wrapping up my time in L.A. I have some random photos of both the Kings and Galaxy games I went to, and of course sunset photos from Malibu. And this one picture I took of the Women in Travel summit I attended, of closing speaker Nadine Sykora of Hey Nadine. She makes great videos…

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Beach Hopping in SoCal – El Matador

At Jenny’s coworkers BBQ the night before, we talked about our upcoming drive through Malibu the next day (now today). I asked them if they had any recommendations for restaurants and/or beaches and two places were unanimously suggested: Neptune’s Net and El Matador Beach. Done and done. Neptune’s Net is actually located just on the other side…

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Beach Hopping in SoCal – Point Dume

The next stop on our beach hopping tour of SoCal is Point Dume State Beach and Preserve. I did a quick Google search of “things to do in Malibu” before I left home, and it listed this beach as a great place for some easy hiking trails and beautiful view points, so I threw it on to the…

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Beach Hopping in SoCal – Santa Monica

I confess, I put very little thought into what we were going to do today before getting here. I figured we would start in Redondo Beach where Jenny lives, then make our way up the coast to Malibu and see what we could see. Our next stop of the day takes us to the Santa Monica…

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Beach Hopping In SoCal – Redondo and Hermosa

After two days of sightseeing around SoCal, I spent two more days at Hotel Irvine attending the Women in Travel summit. I don’t have many photos to share, but it was a really neat experience. I loved learning about all the different ways to work in the travel industry, different ethical conundrums, and hearing how…

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Newport Beach and Balboa Island

Friday is the start of the pre-conference meetings for the Women in Travel summit and I booked two for myself one at 9:30, one at 3:30. The first is about how to monetize your blog, and the second is about round the world trip planning. I’ve never made money from this blog and I’m curious…

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San Juan Capistrano

After my morning in Laguna Beach, I head inland to the historic town of San Juan Capistrano to check out the mission and Los Rios Street. It’s a nice little town with a Spanish colonial feel to it. And just in case you weren’t sure, the mission itself proclaims that it’s “Worth a Visit”. Admission…

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Welcome to the O.C. – Laguna Beach

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to L.A. for an extended weekend to attend the Women in Travel summit and visit my friend Jenny who recently moved there. It was a very last minute trip, but fortunately I had Alaska air miles and was able to purchase a relatively cheap ticket….

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Lovely Little La Conner

After our colorful morning admiring all the pretty tulips, Lori and I head over to the small town of La Conner. As a kid, Lori would often spend summers up here with her friends and family, playing on the beach. She has great memories and enjoys showing me around. There are two major streets in…

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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Get ready for a blast of color right in your face! A few weeks ago, Lori and I took a day off from our Mt Rainier training to check out the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Located about an hour and a half north of Seattle, the tulip festival is easily accessible and incredibly popular with…

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Iceland Breakdown and Travel Tips

I spent 5 days in Iceland, and as I may have said a time or two, it most definitely wasn’t enough. I’d love to go back in the summertime and drive the Ring Road, and there are some ice caves and glaciers I didn’t get to explore. Plus, I haven’t eaten at every restaurant nor…

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Charming Reykjavik Part 2

It’s true what they say – all good things must come to an end. Such is the nature of our trip to Iceland. After five very brief days, it is time for us to head home. Our flight doesn’t leave until 5pm, so we have the morning free to explore Reykjavik one more time. I…

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