Hiking to the Hollywood Sign: LA’s Iconic Hillside Landmark

February 24, 2022California

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt Bucket lists are a curious thing. There are the splashy, someday places we dream about that often take a lifetime to reach. And then there are the little aspirations, … Read More

La Jolla’s Coast Walk: Keeping Traditions on New Year’s Day

January 3, 2022California

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.” ~T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding I’m not exactly certain how it all began, but one New Year’s Day in the early 2000s, our family decided to head out on a walk along the La Jolla coast. As we welcomed a … Read More

A California Road Trip: Travel in the Time of Covid

July 27, 2020California

“Afoot and lighthearted, I take to the open road. Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.” ~Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road The original plan was to fly. In the perfect world scenario that had played in my mind, our bags would be packed, and … Read More

The Laguna Beach Pirate Tower: Curiosity on the California Coast

August 20, 2019California

The pirate tower makes its appearance at low tide. Hidden around a rocky corner at Laguna’s Victoria Beach, the sepia-toned stone structure stands tall and narrow against the surrounding cliff, as if pretending to be a natural part of the landscape. It’s a moody sort of place, a bit foreboding, forlorn and solitary, clinging to … Read More

A Guide to Napa Valley: California’s Quintessential Wine Country

July 15, 2019California

“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” ~John Muir There are places in this world that hold special meaning to us. Places where moments are forever etched in our memories, written in indelible ink and frozen … Read More