Our 17-Mile Drive in Scenic Pebble Beach, California

While on one of our trips in Northern California we were lucky enough to drive the breathtaking 17-mile drive through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey   Peninsula. It is absolutely beautiful and follows the Pacific coastline and passes famous golf courses, mansions and scenic attractions, including Spanish Bay Cove, the Lone Cypress, Bird Rock and the 5,300-acre Del Monte Forest of Monterey Cypress trees. Before we went I knew it was 17 miles. duh, but I didn’t know it had four primary entrances, the main highway entrance at California State Route 1, and entrances in Carmel and Pacific Grove.      Continue reading “Our 17-Mile Drive in Scenic Pebble Beach, California”

Dodgers Stadium and the Los Angeles Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball is back! The first games are being played today, and my Angels and the Rockies open on Friday night. The Rockies opponent this season is the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Thus I decided to share a post about the actual team located in Los Angeles. Living in Southern California for many years, we have been to many games at Dodgers Stadium.  I think one of the highlights was when I was at Dodgers Stadium when Ramón Martínez pitched a no-hitter on July 14, 1995.  It is still the only no-hitter I’ve seen in person. It was quite exciting. Now for some history about the Dodgers organization. Continue reading “Dodgers Stadium and the Los Angeles Dodgers”

Useful List of the 21 Missions in California

One of the 21 missionsLiving in California for the first part of my life, I was able to visit a few of the missions located in the southern part of the state.  All together there are 21, but many have been reconstructed after the ravages of time, weather, earthquakes and neglect. However, most of the missions still operate as active Catholic parishes, with regularly scheduled services. Booklets for self-guided tours are usually available. They are pretty cool to see.  Continue reading “Useful List of the 21 Missions in California”

Remarkable Views from Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California

hearst-castleWe have been up through central California many times while we lived there doing wine tasting etc. However one of the more interesting things we did was visiting and touring Hearst Castle.  It is right on the central coast along Highway 1.  The views are absolutely amazing.  Continue reading “Remarkable Views from Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California”

Our Summers Spent Fishing at Mono Hot Springs, CA

Mono Hot Springs Sign When I saw the Word Press word today was Fish, I was taken back to my days as a child. Every summer we’d pack up the truck with food, clothes, and camping gear to go spend three weeks to a month swimming, fishing, and hiking up at Mono Hot Springs in the High Sierras. It was always an adventure filled with lots of fun and surprises, but always the same too.  Continue reading “Our Summers Spent Fishing at Mono Hot Springs, CA”

Phenomenal Views from the Palm Springs Tramway

Palm Springs TramwayLiving in California, spending a long weekend in Palm Springs happened very often. It was a great place to get away and relax. One of the more exciting things to do while visiting the area was taking a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.  Apparently it is the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world. Before its construction, the only way to the top of the mountain was to hike a number of hours from Idyllwild.  Continue reading “Phenomenal Views from the Palm Springs Tramway”

Animals Love Road Trips. At Least Our Dogs do.

 I was very happy to see the subject for our post this week – Animals.  We have traveled through a few countries,  but try to do a lot of road trips here in the US, so we can take our two little fur babies with us. Sometimes it is hard trying to find a place to stay where we can have the dogs or places where we can eat with the dogs, but it is all so worth it. We love having them with us and they love going with us.  Continue reading “Animals Love Road Trips. At Least Our Dogs do.”

“Escape from Alcatraz” – Alcatraz Island in San Francisco

alcatrazWhen I think about San Francisco, some of the first things I think of is the Golden Gate Bridge and AT&T Park where the Giants play. However, for many people, when they think of San Francisco, they may think of Alcatraz Island across the San Francisco Bay. Granted it is impressive, and there is a lot of history on this former high-security prison which existed from 1934 to 1963. Continue reading ““Escape from Alcatraz” – Alcatraz Island in San Francisco”

Touch a Shark at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

Aquarium of the Pacific, Long BeachI love aquariums and have enjoyed visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach many times when we lived in California. One of my more enjoyable, and memorable times was we went with a friend and her daughter and granddaughter. I love watching all the amazing and unique fish, but the Sea Otters are by far my favorite.   Continue reading “Touch a Shark at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach”

Illustrious Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco, CA

Golden Gate 1I have said this on a few posts, but I love bridges! My latest bridge post was  Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Florida. Today I take you to the Bay area of California to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.  This iconic bridge, according to Frommers travel guide, is described as possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed bridge in the world. I have to agree, that it is quite amazing.  Continue reading “Illustrious Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco, CA”