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Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

February 22, 2017 No Comments Hearst Castle was once a vacation home belonging to newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst. It sits high atop a hill in San Simeon, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  Its location is certainly beautiful, and was aptly named “La Cuesta Encantada,” The Enchanted Hill, for the views are simply enchanting. It was first opened to the ...

 

Telluride, Colorado

Telluride, Colorado

January 16, 2017 No Comments John Muir once said, “The mountains are calling and I must go.” He was right. Who can resist the call of the great outdoors? Nature pulls at the soul, floods the senses, and rejoices the heart. Telluride, Colorado is such a place. The steep forested mountains of the Rocky Mountain high country do something to ...

 

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Skamania Lodge – A Wooded Sanctuary in Washington State

Skamania Lodge – A Wooded Sanctuary in Washington State

December 19, 2016 No Comments Nestled in a glade near the Columbia River Gorge in the beautiful state of Washington, Skamania Lodge makes for a lovely escape to the Pacific Northwest. While the Lodge itself is charming and handsomely appointed with luxurious guestrooms, spa, indoor pool, delicious dining and more, the lush wooded grounds are what captivated me most.   ...

 

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

October 5, 2016 No Comments Legend has it that a beautiful Multnomah princess gave her life to save her people by jumping off the high cliff overlooking the water of the Big River, now known as the Columbia River Gorge.   It was done in order to appease the Great Spirit’s anger by offering an innocent maiden in sacrifice. The ...

 

Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

August 23, 2016 No Comments One of the best things about the Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa is its location. It sits atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The surf pounds the rocky shore below, while sea gulls wheel or hang upon the wind, seeming not to move at all. Their shrill cries carry on the ocean breeze which ...

 

Romancing Romania’s Sarmizegetusa Regia

Romancing Romania’s Sarmizegetusa Regia

May 19, 2016 No Comments   Sarmizegetusa was the capital of Dacia (present-day Romania) before its conquest by the Roman Empire in the early second century AD.  Built right into the mountains of the Carpathians, the main fortress was the citadel of King Decebalus of Dacia, and the site where the final siege took place before the Romans captured the ...

 

Ghost Town at Knott’s Berry Farm

Ghost Town at Knott’s Berry Farm

April 5, 2016 No Comments My favorite attraction at Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern California has always been Ghost Town. Perhaps it’s my fondness for history and all things historical that draws me there, but whatever the reason, it is definitely a fun place to visit.  With a little imagination, it’s easy to believe that you have stepped back in ...

 

West Texas Times

West Texas Times

February 1, 2016 No Comments Western Texas is a grand place. Big sky, big stone monuments, big mesas, even the cattle are big. And of course, Big Bend National Park. It’s also a place of big pleasure. From short hikes along the Rio Grande – that’s Mexico right across the muddy water – to longer hikes on well-marked trails with ...

 

Tucson with Tots

Tucson with Tots

January 1, 2016 No Comments Even in summer, there’s more than one reason to visit Tucson. Yes, it’s hot, but some like it hot, and my family does. We’ve stayed in Death Valley in July, and as long as there’s shade, a pool, and some air conditioning to escape to, we can still enjoy the scenery, early morning hikes and ...

 

Stargazing 101

Stargazing 101

December 15, 2015 No Comments   Showing your children the night sky is something of a miracle. There’s the wonder of the sky itself, the vastness of the universe that you yourself may sometimes take for granted. There’s the eye-opening, round-mouthed joy of children taking it all in. There’s the pleasure of being family together there in the darkness. Unless ...

 

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