The Panoramic View from Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout

We have been traveling a lot for the last few years and it can be quite expensive depending on where you are visiting. However, no matter where we go, we have learned to do a lot of online searching and find free or cheaper activities in the area.  We also will use things like Yelp, TripAdvisor, etc. There are a lot of these types of online services out there today, not to mention all the blog posts!  This is how I found one of the first places we visited in Hawaii, Nu‘uanu Pali and Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout. Continue reading “The Panoramic View from Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout”

Road Trip – Loveland Pass and the Continental Divide

Loveland PassThe weather in Colorado had been unseasonably warm during November, thus my Gene and I decided to take advantage of the calm weather and took a little road trip. We ended up visiting the Dillon Reservoir and Loveland Pass on the Continental Divide. For those of you who don’t know, I wanted to share that Loveland Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 11,990 feet in the Rocky Mountains of north-central Colorado. The pass is named for William A.H. Loveland, the president of the Colorado Central Railroad and a resident of Golden during the late 19th century.  Continue reading “Road Trip – Loveland Pass and the Continental Divide”

Beautiful Views at Dillon Reservoir – Dillon, Colorado

On a short day trip to Loveland Pass earlier this year, we decided to stop by Dillon Reservoir and spend a few minutes to check it out. Sometimes referred to as Lake Dillon, it is a large fresh water reservoir located in Summit County, Colorado, south of 1-70 and bordered by the towns of Frisco, Silverthorne, and Dillon Continue reading “Beautiful Views at Dillon Reservoir – Dillon, Colorado”

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”

Giant Multnomah Falls on the Columbia River – Oregon

multnomah falls 1While spending some time in Portland we took a short 30 miles drive outside of Portland to see Multnomah Falls.  On the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, these giant falls are located east of Troutdale, between Corbett and Dodson, along the Historic Columbia River Highway. This 611 foot tall roaring awe-inspiring cascade of icy water lets you experience the power and beauty of nature up close and with ease. Continue reading “Giant Multnomah Falls on the Columbia River – Oregon”

Buffalo Bill’s Grave and Museum – Lookout Mountain, CO

Buffalo Bill Museum and GraveEarlier this year my niece was out here visiting us from California and I got to play tour guide. We had fun going to such places as the Garden of the Gods, Hammonds Candies, and Celestial Seasonings. However, we also took her to another local attraction that actually was quite close to home for her. We visited the grave of Buffalo Bill who was her great or great –great uncle on her mother’s side. Since I am into genealogy, I thought this was so cool.  She seemed to enjoy visiting too. Continue reading “Buffalo Bill’s Grave and Museum – Lookout Mountain, CO”

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.”

Up, Up, & Away at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

A few years ago we finally got to do something I had wanted to do for quite a long time, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The fiesta is a yearly nine-day event festival of hot air balloons which takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico each October. The event is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world and has over 500 balloons each year.   Continue reading “Up, Up, & Away at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta”