Heart Rock Trail - Crestline

Heart Rock Hike - the heart-shaped rock at the waterfallI thought I already discovered all the important waterfall hikes in my area, but I was pleasantly surprised by Heart Rock Trail. This is one of the benefits of joining a hiking group like “Hiking-With-Friends”. More about the group later.

The hike took us through the National Forest close to Cresline along a Seely Creek – with a lot of shade and beautiful rock formations.

Rock of Ages Las Vegas

nullThis is probably the best Las Vegas show I have been to in a very long time. It is also one of the longest. I enjoyed every minute of the 130 minutes and I left wanting more.

The show is a celebration and tribute the music and culture of the 80’s. It is performed on a very well designed stage with great lighting and sound effects.  The backdrop morphs to match the scene or song. Big screens on the sides of the stage play appropriate clips or effects.

Critter Country

Disneyland - Critter Country - by Ken Lund - WikipediaThe Disney resort is practically in my backyard. My family and I love to spend a whole day or just a few hours at the Disney parks. Throughout the years we learned a lot about the parks and attractions that we like to share with you.

If you continue your stroll along the rivers of America, you will end up at  Critter Country, the home of Splash Mountain and Winnie the Pooh.

Canyoneering San Antonio Falls

nullCan you imagine yourself hiking up a steep hill, reaching the top of a waterfall, then repelling down the face of a cliff and through the waterfall? Then you should go on a canyoneering trip.

Canyoneering (Canyoning) is a sport in which you explore canyons by hiking, scrambling, repelling, rafting, swimming and waterfall jumping. See Wikipedia for more.

To accomplish the repelling part, you need to know about ropes, carabiners and ASAPs. But if you are not a rock climber, you can still enjoy a canyoneering adventure by going with an experienced outfitter and letting them do the technical parts.

SoCal Adventure Company to San Antonio Falls for an amazing Canyoneering trip. 

Sedona Stargazing

This year we decided to go with professionals on a Stargazing tour. Sedona Stargazing runs an excellent tour using their huge telescopes to allow us to gaze into distant planets and stars.

Our guide was very knowledgable and seems to love talking about astronomy. He started by pointing out some constellations and then showed us a few heavenly objects with the telescope.

Eaton Canyon Waterfall

nullEaton Canyon is a nice shady canyon with a well-marked trail that leads to a 40-foot waterfall.Eaton Canyon WaterfallThe fall is active year round, but you will enjoy a better view in the spring months. You can find this hidden gem in the San Gabriel Mountains close to Pasadena and Arcadia, California.

Baja Cruise with Carnival

Carnival Paradise Cruise - Wikipedia by Beau HudspethMy first cruise experience was an eye-opener. I never expected to have so many new experiences on a 4-day trip, but by the end of the 4th day, I was regretting not booking a longer voyage.

Our cruise took us from Long Beach to Santa Catalina Island in California to Ensenada in Mexico and back.

Carnival offers 3- and 4-day trips to Ensenada, but we picked the 4 days because of the stop at Catalina.