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In an effort to spend some quality family time with our Brady Bunch like blended family we wanted to get out of the city and go somewhere where everyone would have a blast. We figured what better place than somewhere with awesome swimming pools. Initially that was our only criteria.[...]

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If you are anywhere near Las Vegas the best $7 you could spend would be the entrance fee to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.  Located only 20 minutes from the bright lights and slot pulling of Las Vegas is hiking, biking, horseback riding and picnic areas.  Who would[...]

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When we decided to go to Vegas for a quick weekend getaway we knew we wanted to stay downtown instead of on the strip.  The Strip is nice but I’ve stayed at various resorts a million times and it’s all the same.  All the hotels are huge and you need[...]

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Los Angeles’s Griffith Park is our answer to New York’s Central Park.  With over 4300 acres of hiking trails, zoos, and observatories, there is something for everyone right in the heart of the city.  So when my daughter comes to me with those big brown eyes and the pouty face[...]

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When you go on a romantic relaxing weekend getaway what is on your checklist?  Like most people I’m assuming you have the following:  Relatively close to home, Beautiful grounds, Pools and hot tubs, Spa, Yummie restaurant, Bar, Big cozy beds, Impeccable service, and an Overall luxurious feel. Recently we decided[...]

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This winter when the rest of the country was experiencing painfully cold weather, Southern California was 70 and sunny.  Now, having grown up in the Midwest, it didn’t quite feel like Christmas without snow on the ground, soggy mittens and some very attractive snow pants.  Thankfully living in Los Angeles[...]

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I had never been to San Francisco before so when a chance to visit friends that lived near by came up I was of course thrilled. Livermore, California is about an hour outside of SF and is a smallish vineyard town. It’s picturesque and only a wine bar away from[...]

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One of the awesome things about living in a tourist destination like Belize is that you get to go on fun tours just like you were a tourist.  One of my favorite is the cave tubing and zip lining tour.  They are both located at Caves Branch Jungle Lodge in[...]

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So the tail end of an impromptu weekend trip to the Grand Canyon had Dad and I driving home on a Sunday afternoon through Vegas. We had just crossed over into Nevada over the famed Hoover Dam. Of course we were typical tourists and stopped at the roadside pull out[...]

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Even if you are not a car fanatic the LA auto show can be fantastic fun.  Of course it will be much more appreciated if you are auto savvy, but even if you think your 2001 Ford Focus is the cat’s meow the auto show is great for families or[...]

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Spanish for blanket, the Manta Ray, is Holy Grail of fish sightings in the tropics. This gentle giant can have a 20-foot wingspan, which is pretty impressive considering it is a filter feeder. This means that primarily feed on plankton, bacteria and small animals. They take in large scoops of[...]

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No, you are not driving through an episode of Star Trek.  The Valley of Fire is a State Park is just northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Many tour companies will offer half-day trips that pick you up at your hotel.  If you are in Vegas with a car, skip the[...]

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The Antelope Valley Poppy Field reminds me of the scene in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy and her tribe are frolicking through the field of poppies before the Wicked Witch of the West puts them to sleep.  Each spring the rolling hills near Lancaster, CA bloom with fluorescent orange[...]

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Usually when you think of a flea market it is little old ladies perusing for a find of hobnail glass or hand made quilts.  But, once a month, Pasadena fills with yuppies from the South Bay, beautiful 30 somethings from Santa Monica and Hollywood hipsters, all for the Rose Bowl[...]

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I have never felt more like a tourist than on a recent drive up the California coast on highway 1.  Can you still be a tourist if you live in the state?  When a friend decided to come out to California for a few days she said to me “I[...]

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Diving the great Blue Hole is one of those once in a lifetime experiences that is exciting, beautiful and even a little bit terrifying.  Located off the coast of Belize, The Great Blue Hole is a bucket list location for many experienced divers.   Nearly a perfect circle, it is ringed[...]

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Other than the weather, the best part of living in Los Angeles in undoubtedly is its proximity to awesomeness. Within a few hours dive you could be at the beach, in the mountains or even at the edge of the Grand Canyon… One Thursday evening I was talking with my[...]

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Temecula is Southern California’s version of Napa Valley.  It is one of those picturesque areas that you see on postcards or as the background image for a wine advertisement.  With its rolling hills, vineyard dotted landscape and brightly colored hot air balloons floating by, it can only be described as[...]

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Many people have been to well known Maya ruins in Mexico, like Tulum or Chitzen Itza. They are usually a staple day trip from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. They are lovely, historical, and accessible. Unfortunately, they are also crowded, exploited and a bit trampled. Altun Ha is a lesser-known[...]

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