Mission Escape Games

Mission Escape - Bank HeistI heard a lot about escape rooms but never participated until recently when I visited the Mission Escape Games location at the Garden Walk, Anaheim.

Did you know? The concept of escape rooms was inspired by "escape-the-room"–style video games. It's a live-action game that brings virtual puzzles to the real world.

I fell in love with the games right away. It is a great way to spend an hour and a half having fun with friends and family and using your brain to solve puzzles.

If you haven’t tried an escape room yet, here is an explanation: It is a game in which a team of players discovers clues, solves puzzles, and accomplishes tasks in one or more rooms to accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time.

Venice, Italy

Rialto Gondoliers - by Saffron Blaze - WikipediaVenice, the city of canals, is a dream destination for many travelers. With its rich history, stunning architecture, and maze of canals, it's a city that promises romance, adventure, and a touch of mystery.

Whether you're wandering through its narrow alleys, crossing its ancient bridges, or gliding through its canals, Venice never ceases to enchant. In this guide, we'll take you on a journey through Venice, highlighting both its iconic attractions and some lesser-known treasures.

Later in this guide, I will share three proposed itineraries to help you discover the best of Venice, but first let us explore the main attractions. 

Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn

Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn - San DiegoI stayed at Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn on several occasions and loved every stay. 

The location is a little isolated from the main attractions, but it is a beautiful resort with many activities and entertainment options. 

If you stay here, you should plan on spending most of your time at the hotel and the surrounding area. 

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.