Notes from Home: Travel-Themed Holiday Gift Ideas

Notes from Home: Travel-Themed Holiday Gift Ideas

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Notes from Home | 2 Comments

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into the giving.” ~Mother Teresa It’s the holy grail of the holiday shopping scavenger hunt. Finding that special gift, that something we know our friends and loved ones will really enjoy. We tell ourselves that we’ll know it when we see it, but […]

Exploring Catalina Island: A Journey to Avalon

Exploring Catalina Island: A Journey to Avalon

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in California | No Comments

“I found my love in Avalon, beside the bay; I left my love in Avalon and sailed away. I dream of her and Avalon from dusk ’til dawn – and so I think I’ll travel on to Avalon.” ~Al Jolson, Avalon The early morning sun was already casting an apricot glow over the horizon as […]

San Diego’s Balboa Park: Soaking Up Spanish Architecture & Climbing California Tower

San Diego’s Balboa Park: Soaking Up Spanish Architecture & Climbing California Tower

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in California | No Comments

It was a tale of dueling expos: Two California cities – San Diego and San Francisco ­– vying to host a world’s fair, the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. San Francisco won the rights to host the event, but San Diego refused to give up the idea and created an exposition of its own called the […]

Notes from Home: Life at the Edge of the Pacific

Notes from Home: Life at the Edge of the Pacific

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in California, Notes from Home | 4 Comments

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” ~Jacques Cousteau “It will be like we’re on vacation!” my husband proclaims as we scroll through photos at the kitchen table, our dinner plates pushed aside, laptop front and center. An upcoming home remodeling project was forcing us to find […]

Cabrillo National Monument: On A Clear Day You Can (Almost) See Forever

Cabrillo National Monument: On A Clear Day You Can (Almost) See Forever

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in California | No Comments

The two-lane road to Cabrillo National Monument winds its way to the tip of Point Loma, leaving behind busy commercial intersections and residential neighborhoods as it leads to the park entrance. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, a California Historical Landmark that dates to 1882, stretches along both sides of the road. Glimpses of San Diego Bay […]

Hiking Torrey Pines Reserve: Tranquil Trails, Pacific Panoramas & That Rare Namesake Tree

Hiking Torrey Pines Reserve: Tranquil Trails, Pacific Panoramas & That Rare Namesake Tree

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in California | 6 Comments

“A fragile wilderness island in an urban sea.” ~Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Trail Guide The trails of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve can be a bit of a tease. One moment the landscape is dotted with lush green pines and forest-like ferns. The next it appears to be a desert, filled with chaparral, sage […]

Notes From Home: In Praise of Vintage Postcards

Notes From Home: In Praise of Vintage Postcards

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Notes from Home | 6 Comments

“The world before us is a postcard, and I imagine the story we are writing on it.”  ~ Mary E. Pearson My grandmother Ida Oldenburg was someone who labeled things. She wrote names and dates on the backs of photos in her albums. The front pages of her favorite books contained the names of the […]

The Hollywood Bowl: Good Times Never Seemed So Good!

The Hollywood Bowl: Good Times Never Seemed So Good!

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in California | No Comments

Two years ago in late May, I finally made it to the Hollywood Bowl. I had wanted to see a concert there for as long as I’ve lived in Southern California, but as with so many places close to home, it never quite found its way into the plans. Nearby experiences don’t seem to carry […]

Notes from Home: Ideas for Figuring Out Where to Travel Next

Notes from Home: Ideas for Figuring Out Where to Travel Next

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Notes from Home | 4 Comments

“Where are you going next?” It’s the question I’m asked most frequently, especially after returning home from a trip. Truth be told, it’s a question I often ask myself, sometimes even before my bags have been unpacked, with the dust on my shoes still fresh from the latest adventure. And with a world of unlimited […]

The Magic Castle: An Enchanting Evening in the Heart of Hollywood

The Magic Castle: An Enchanting Evening in the Heart of Hollywood

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in California | 2 Comments

From the moment I walked into the library-themed lobby of The Magic Castle, I was captivated, transported to another world that felt like time-traveling back to Old Hollywood. Red-and-pink Victorian-looking wallpaper, rich-toned wood moldings and old-fashioned floral carpets set a mood of quiet elegance in the dimly lit space. But it was the secret doorway […]