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”

Hello Spring and the April Ultimate Blog Challenge

April Hope you are enjoying spring so far. I like Fall the best, but spring is a close second 🙂   Earlier this year I took part in the January Blog Challenge and had a good time. For those of you who are not familiar with the Ultimate Blog Challenge (UBC), it is a virtual event for bloggers held every quarter with a goal for bloggers to write a new blog post every day during the challenge month.  I posted 28 days out of 31 as I was still on vacation until the 3rd. However I made it the rest of the month, and felt very good. Thus I have decided to do the April Ultimate Blog Challenge. Thus I will be sharing a post every day for the next 30 days! It seems like a lot, but I know I can do it if I stay focused and set goals. Continue reading “Hello Spring and the April Ultimate Blog Challenge”

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”

Welcome to 2017 and My Ultimate Blog Challenge!

Ultimate Blog ChallengeHello everyone and welcome to 2017! Hope you all had a fun and exciting New Year’s. I am starting out the year doing the Ultimate Blog Challenge, but more on that in a minute. As far as our end of 2016, we did something we had never done, and spent Christmas on the beautiful island of Oahu.  New Year’s Eve we spent on the beach in Waikiki, talking to a couple from New Zealand and watching fireworks on the water at midnight. It was phenomenal. An incredible way to ring in a new year! Continue reading “Welcome to 2017 and My Ultimate Blog Challenge!”

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”

“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”

Orlando and the Magic Kingdom, Florida

Orlando is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, and one of the biggest attractions of course is Disney World. This is only one reason why thousands of people flock to Orlando yearly. The streets are lined aesthetically with palm, pine, and oak trees. There are also many lakes and parks that add to the beauty of the city. Continue reading “Orlando and the Magic Kingdom, Florida”

Enjoyed Seeing the Ocean at Huntington Beach in CA

As stated in many previous posts, I am thrilled to be living in Colorado now but there are a few things I miss about the Golden State of California. I miss our family and friends of course which is why we keep coming back to visit so often. However while we are there, I also love eating at a few restaurants that aren’t in CO (come on In n Out, get with the program, lol) as well as the ocean. There is just nothing like it. We usually try to get to one of our two favorites Seal Beach and Huntington Beach. This last trip we made it to Huntington Beach. Even though it was cold, and the water was probably beyond freezing, we enjoyed being in the area. Continue reading “Enjoyed Seeing the Ocean at Huntington Beach in CA”