Switzer Falls

Switzer Falls California - at the poolWalking through this gully in the San Gabriel mountains, it is hard to believe I am still in drought-stricken Southern California.  

Right from the start of this hike to Switzer Falls, I can hear the sounds of running water and birds declaring their contentment with this hidden nature enclave.

The trail starts from the Switzer picnic area in the Angeles National Forest and is about half an hour drive from downtown Los Angeles.

California Adventures

Wherever I go, I am always on the lookout for new adventures. From the tame to the wild: skiing; 4wheeling (Off-road/ATV); surfing; Air Combat; Glider Rides; Canyoneering; just to name a few. This section will provide information about all of those activities and more.

Read about places like Oceano Dunes, Zipline Catalina, and Canyoneering San Antonio Falls.

Seattle by Segway

nullSegways are a great way to discover a new town. You can rent a Segway and go on your own, but it is always better to learn from an expert.

I recently went on a tour with “Seattle by Segway” through the waterfront, Seattle Center, Pike Place and other downtown landmarks.

We started with a quick lesson on how to operate the Segway and be safe. Once you learn the basics, the Segway is very easy to operate and much faster than walking.

Dining around the Disneyland Resort

Disney main gate - Mimi's Cafe - Harbor BlvdYou can find great dining options inside the Disney Resort, but they are always crowded and overpriced. You can check out the Disney dining choices Disneyland Dining or California Adventure Dining, but consider going outside for more choices and better prices.

Casual chain restaurant serving French & American favorites in a rustic setting. We usually have breakfast here.

Some of my favorites are Pain Perdu With Mixed Berries, Eggs Benedicts, and Crepes. Meals come with a choice of carbs, including muffins. We usually order muffins to go for later. They also have good choices for lunch and dinner.

1400 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802

Vegas! The show

nullA little bit of Las Vegas history, a lot of song and dance and some acrobatics sprinkled in-between - the show had something for everyone. 

The show starts in a graveyard for show props. The narrator takes you on a trip down memory lane to the good old days of Las Vegas' glitzy shows. Your trip starts from the 1940s and goes through the ’50s, ’60s, and 70’s Las Vegas. It ends with a bang with the 80’s era. And yes! No trip down memory lane is complete without an appearance by Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, Frank Sinatra or Vegas showgirls. 

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

nullPalm Springs and the surrounding area offer a lot of leisure and adventure opportunities and require many articles to cover the whole spectrum of activities.

After enjoying expansive desert views on the valley floor, get ready to be transported to a totally different world at the San Jacinto alpine forest. The state-of-the-art rotating tram cars pick you up from the Valley Station - suspended from a 2 mile stretch of steel cables - and deposit you at the Mountain Station. The trip will take you from an elevation of about 2,600 feet (806 m) to about 8,500 feet (2,596 m. You will experience a temperature drop of about 40 degrees. This is similar to traveling from the Sonora desert to the Canadian tundra in 11 minutes.

Santa Ynez Wine Tour

Grassini Family Vineyards During a recent visit to Santa Barbara, we decide to check out wine country in the Santa Ynez valley. We booked a full-day tour with Sustainable Wine Tours.

During this tour, we visited 3 wineries that only cater to private tours and wine club members. All three were very gracious and generous with their samples.

Fantasyland

Disneyland - Walt Disney and Sleeping Beauty CastleThe 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.

A visit to Disneyland is not complete without a visit to the sleeping beauty castle, a ride on the flying elephant Dumbo or a trip around "it's a small world".

Tip: Do you have small children but you don't want to miss out on the thrilling rides? Use the child swap service. Read more here.