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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Oregon Coast: Pacific City and Cape Kiwanda

When most people think of Oregon, the beach probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. The Pacific Northwest isn’t known as a tropical paradise, but our beaches definitely have their own appeal, and those who venture out here, even during the winter, are rewarded with some incredible views. One of my favorite beaches…

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Oregon Coast: Lincoln City to Depoe Bay

Do you ever just want to get away from it all? Throw your stuff in your car and drive to the beach for a few days? I did that very thing last weekend. My friend Adrienne has family friends with a condo on Cascade Head near Lincoln City on the Oregon coast, and they have graciously…

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Spice Girls in Las Vegas

Once again, I’d like to apologize for the quality of photos in this post. These were taken waaaaay back in 2007, before I upgraded to a digital camera. How did we ever manage before we had unlimited space and we could see the shots we got, right after we took them? Confession – I didn’t want…

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Tree Lighting in Leavenworth

I’m going to take a break from Dubai to tell you about my trip this past weekend to a little town about 2.5 hours east of Seattle called Leavenworth. Washington has a weird thing for theme towns. Growing up, we would go camping near the town of Winthrop, an old west styled town with false…

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