Epic Road Trip Kuwait to Spain

Road Trip - mapAt the age of sixteen, my family embarked on an epic road trip from Kuwait to Spain and back. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery and historical sites, met friendly people, and encountered a few challenges along the way.

The road trip, as intended, was a lot of fun – but it was also educational. I learned about different places and people, and most importantly, I realized that there is a vast world outside my neighborhood.

This trip also ignited my wanderlust for everything new and adventurous.

So, why am I writing about a trip that happened several decades ago? Two reasons: One, I came across a box of old trip photos that brought back memories. Two, I came to realize that this trip had a significant impact on my life and personality. I thought it was essential to commit it to memory.

Downtown LA Walk

Los Angeles walking tourLos Angeles is a sprawling metropolitan area with an amazing array of attractions and activities.

The best way to experience LA is by taking a walking tour through downtown, and surrounding areas, and then hopping on one of the Metro lines to places further away.

The best starting place for this walking tour is at Union Station, which is a transportation hub connecting LA with several major cities through Metrolink and with the whole nation via Amtrak.  
Start your walk by visiting El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and Olvera Street (Calle Olvera). It is a short walk from Union Station's Alameda street exit.

This historic district was first established in 1781 and used to be the center of Los Angeles during Spanish and Mexican rule. It is home to many historic buildings and statues.

Buck Gully Hike

Buck Gully Hike in Newport BeachIf you're in the mood for an easy hike nearby, Buck Gully in Newport Beach is an excellent option. Located just a few steps from the beach in Orange County and amidst million-dollar homes, this hidden oasis offers lush wilderness and flowing water.

Finding it can be tricky for some, but with today's GPS technology, simply search for the intersection of 5th and Poppy, and you'll be at the trailhead.

Another trailhead is near the Newport Coast Community Center on Joaquin Hills Road.

Chino Hills State Park

Chino Hills State Park Discovery Center

Many people are flocking to Chino Hills to admire the wildflower bloom after the wet California winter, but in May 2023, it is a little disappointing. 

Although wildflowers are everywhere, I couldn’t find the multicolored poppies in abundance. I could only see a lot of yellow mustard flowers on the hills and especially along the trails. 

Watching poppy super blooms is a matter of timing. I think people who visited in March had better luck.  

The park is still beautiful and always worth a visit for hiking, biking, jogging, or picnicking. 

That Park extends over 14,173 acres on the borders of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. 

Buena Park, CA

Knotts Berry Farm Pony ExpressThe beautiful park (its Spanish translation) is a small city on the edge of Orange County and bordering LA county.

It is primarily a residential area with single-family homes, but its claim to fame is the entertainment zone that includes Knott’s Berry Farm amusement parks, Pirates Dinner Adventure, Medieval Times, and a few upscale restaurants.