San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco

I love San Francisco! Nature and human ingenuity came together to make this a wonderful place for visitors and residents alike. 

Did you know? San Francisco is home to the largest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest in North America, established in 1848.

San Francisco sits on a beautiful bay, surrounded by water almost in every direction. Tall modern buildings fill the skyline at the center, while Victorian buildings of every size and shape adorn the surrounding neighborhoods. 

Travel Tip: For a unique view of the city, visit Coit Tower at sunset. The panoramic views of the downtown skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz Island are breathtaking.

Family Getaway to Las Vegas

Family Getaway

Entertainment Capital of the WorldLas Vegas, often known as the "Entertainment Capital of the World" might not be the first destination that comes to mind when planning a family getaway with kids. However, beyond its dazzling lights and vibrant nightlife, Las Vegas offers a surprising array of family-friendly activities that can turn your visit into an unforgettable adventure for both young and old.

When my kids were younger, we took the plunge and spent a few days exploring the wonders of Las Vegas, and we weren’t disappointed.

Walker Canyon - Poppy Flowers

Walker Canyon Poppy Flower Super Bloom - FlowersEvery year in springtime, people driving along highways are greeted with hills and canyons painted in orange, green and violet.

We recently visited the super bloom at Walker Canyon, which lies in between the Cities of Corona and Lake Elsinore.
If you stick to the main trail, you will notice that the first quarter mile is a little steep but it will even out later. The crowds will also thin out the further you go. If you want a longer hike, take a fork to the right, which loops back into Walker Canyon Rd for a total of 5 miles.

Universal Islands of Adventure

Universal Islands of adventure - EntranceEmbark on a journey of discovery and excitement through the uniquely themed islands at Universal Islands of Adventure.

Explore areas such as “Marvel Super Hero Islands”, “Jurassic Park”, and “Skull Island” for an array of rides and shows, and immerse yourself in the magic at the other half of the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter”.

The two halves of the Wizarding World are seamlessly connected via the Hogwarts Express, making it an attraction in its own right.

Mule ride through the Grand Canyon

Mule ride to the bottom

Grand Canyon PanoramaMore than two years ago, I signed up for the Phantom Ranch lottery, and finally, in October 2021, I won a spot. 

WoW! What is this place that is so popular you have to win the lottery to get in? 

Phantom Ranch is a campground at the bottom of the Grand Canyon on the banks of Bright Angel Creek, which flows into the Colorado River. The place is so popular with hikers that you must plan your trip years in advance.
When you accept your lottery and book your cabin, you must decide whether to hike down and up the canyon or ride the mules. 

We decided to ride the mules, thinking it would be easier than a full-day hike in each direction. 

In some ways, it is easier, but for the uninitiated, sitting on the mule for five hours has its challenges. I got to exercise some muscles I didn't even know I had.