Sunny Jim Cave: La Jolla’s Hidden Staircase to the Pacific

August 6, 2018California

The doorway to Sunny Jim Cave feels like entering a hidden staircase from an old mystery novel. Inside a weathered shingled beach shop, a clerk at a small wooden desk collects a $5 fee and records each payment with a color-coded tally mark on a sheet of paper. Just beyond, a sign warns that although … Read More

Downtown LA: A Guide to Eight Great Things to Do

July 9, 2018California

On recent day trips to visit our LA-based son, we have found ourselves exploring the city’s Downtown District. Off the beaten path from major tourist attractions in Hollywood and the Coast, the area offers fabulous architecture, a rich history and even a couple of hidden treasures. I found this part of the city to be … Read More

Exploring Catalina Island: A Journey to Avalon

October 16, 2017California

“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 … Read More

Notes from Home: Life at the Edge of the Pacific

September 11, 2017California, Notes from Home

“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 … Read More

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

August 28, 2017California

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 … Read More

The Hollywood Bowl: Good Times Never Seemed So Good!

July 10, 2017California

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 … Read More

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

June 19, 2017California

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 … Read More