Huntington Library and Gardens

Huntington Library And Botanical Gardens 2Visiting The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in April is a transformative experience. It epitomizes the essence of spring with its vibrant colors, refreshing scents, and serene ambiance, which encapsulates the entire estate. 

Nestled in San Marino, California, this destination is a haven for plant lovers and art aficionados and a delightful adventure for families seeking an enriching experience amidst nature and culture.

The Huntington was founded by Henry E. Huntington in 1919. A successful businessman and avid collector, Huntington transformed his San Marino ranch into a large estate, housing extensive gardens, a comprehensive research library, and art collections. 

Upon his death in 1927, he bequeathed his estate to the public, creating a center for education, research, and culture. Today, The Huntington spans approximately 120 acres and is renowned for its botanical gardens, rare books, manuscripts, and art collections, continuing to attract scholars, artists, and visitors worldwide.

The State of Texas

El Paso Evening - by Greg Bulla - WikimediaTexas is the largest state in the contiguous U.S. and was an independent republic for a short while before joining the union.

They say everything is bigger in Texas. We experienced it firsthand as we crossed this huge state. It took us 2-days to cross, and along the way, we saw megacities like El Paso, San Antonio, and Houston.

Interesting facts: Texas had 6 flags over the years — those of Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States, and the Confederacy—which inspired the name of the Six Flags amusement park chain.

So, what things are actually bigger in Texas – other than the Texan egos?

Knott’s Berry Farm

It all started as a berries stand next to a family farm in Orange County CA. Soon the Knott’s family added preserves and pies then the very popular Mrs. Knott’s chicken restaurant. To keep customers waiting to be seated entertained, the Knott’s added some shops and attractions then built a ghost town.

Now the property is owned by a major entertainment company and has grown into a major theme park with several themed towns and many rides to satisfy every taste.

Emerald Coast Jet Ski

Dolphin Watch Jet-Ski TourI went on many dolphin watch cruises in the past, but never so thrilling an experience. I have never been on a Jet Ski and was a little apprehensive about trying it, but the folks at Destiny Water Adventures made my first experience easy and pleasant.

We started with instructions on operating the jet ski and some safety rules. We donned our mandatory life jackets, and off we went. 

We started from Destiny's location in Fort Walton Beach on the Santa Rosa Sound – which separates Ft Walton from Okaloosa Island. We then headed into Choctawhatchee Bay towards Distin Harbor, then exited into the Gulf of Mexico.

In the clear waters of the gulf, we idled for a while, enjoying Dolphins swimming around us. The dolphins seemed curious about us, playfully jumping, and darting around, but eventually, they got bored and swam away. 

A tour of Disneyland anaheimer

Disneyland - ready for HalloweenI live practically around the corner from the Disney Resort and spend a lot of time at the parks. I would like to share my experiences with you. Hopefully, this will make your visit more enjoyable. 

Disneyland opened its doors to the public on July 18, 1955. Since then over 500 million people visited the park from all over the world. It is considered the most visited park in the world, second only to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. If you really want to know the history, go to Wikipedia