The Aloha State. The Sandwich Islands. Hawaii is one of those places that seems to entrance everyone who steps foot on one of her islands. I know of dozens of people who return back again and again and I’ve never understood why someone would go to the same place for every vacation until I went… Continue reading Kauai: A Week on the Garden Isle
Labor Day - the traditional end of summer (although fall doesn’t technically start until three weeks later) and that three day weekend right after the first week of school has become a popular holiday for spending time outdoors. Gotta soak up all that sun before it’s gone right? Or at least I assume that’s what… Continue reading Summer Camping Series: Mount Laguna
Summer’s almost over and the fall season is just around the corner. That means cool weather, cozy sweaters, changing leaves, and pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING. If you think this seasonal obsession with pumpkin is just an American thing, think again. In Germany, pumpkins (or kürbis) are eaten like any other squash, but in the Fall get… Continue reading Celebrating Fall at the Ludwigsburg Kürbisfest
One of my favorite things to do when I’m on vacation is visiting historic sites, whether it be churches and castles in Europe, temples in Asia or ancient structures in Mexico, I love envisioning what life was like in that exact spot hundreds or sometimes thousands of years ago. It’s important to note when you… Continue reading A Glimpse into the Past at Rancho Los Cerritos
There’s no doubt that San Diego is a beautiful city. I might be biased since I grew up there, but I’m pretty sure a ton of people agree with me. There is so much to see and do; sandy beaches line just about all of the coast, new breweries and restaurants are popping up what… Continue reading Discovering Point Loma: Ocean Views and State History on the San Diego Bay
Just outside Regensburg, about 20 minutes by bus, is a most interesting sight. Something you wouldn't expect to see in a tiny little town in Bavaria. A German hall of fame inside a Roman neo-classical building named after the mytical land of the Norse Gods. According to Wikipedia, it was built by King Ludwig I… Continue reading Welcome to Walhalla. Now Where’s Thor?
Only about an hour outside of Guadalajara is the town of Tequila. It’s not a very large town and if you haven’t heard of it, you’ve definitely heard of its major product. Yes, the sleepy town of Tequila produces the stuff of Spring Break legend - and has been for decades. Not super close, but… Continue reading Pyramids, Tequila & Tortas: A Cultural & Culinary Tour
Raise your hand if you love National Parks! *raises hand* But I have a confession to make. Until earlier this year, when I visited Joshua Tree the only National Park in California I’d visited was Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. Terrible, I know. I’ve been to several in other states like Utah, Arizona, and Oregon,… Continue reading Summer Camping Series: Sequoia!
Summer vacations might not be a thing anymore after leaving school, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the longer hours and warmer weather with a weekend get away. If you’re looking for a thrifty way to step away from the office, commune with nature, and explore your city or state, camping just might be… Continue reading Summer Camping Series: Lake Cachuma
When I was growing up my parents and I used to camp a lot. We would go on week-long excursions to Northern California, or camp along the Baja peninsula on the way to our timeshare in Cabo San Lucas. My dad even rigged out the bed of his pickup truck with drawers that ran the… Continue reading Three Reasons You Should Try Camping