Have you been to the beach yet this summer? Last week we went to the beach for first time this year. It’s funny that it took us until the end of August. But it is 2020 after all.Continue reading “Our 2020 beach trip”
Boise, ID: City Guide
Lately I have been feeling the urge to travel, or at least plan some trips for later in the year. I plan on going to Sacramento area in September for a friend’s wedding, but I’m not sure where else the family and I will be able to go this year.
One of my favorite places to go is Boise, Idaho. I have been to Boise three times and every time I leave I can’t wait to go back again some day. What really made it special for me every time was the people.
Claremont, CA: Restaurant guide
I love Claremont and have been coming here for years. I used to spend time with my family here when I was a kid. I went on dates here in college. Paul and I got married in Claremont, even though we lived in Santa Monica at the time, and now we live here.
Consider this list like Chrissy Teigen’s list of L.A. restaurants, which she was criticized for by L.A Times writer Jenn Harris. (I still care for them both any way, by the way.) I’m no restaurant critic. I may have missed your favorites as I still haven’t been every where but these are my personal favorites.
Santa Cruz, CA: Travel guide
Hi there! I’m so excited to share with you my travel guide to Santa Cruz, California. As you may know, back in November Paul and I went to Santa Cruz on a road trip. We only spent about three days there (two nights), but we got a good feel for the city. This trip will always hold a special place in my heart because it’s when we got engaged.
We had both been to Santa Cruz before but not together. I visited once on a road trip up the coast with my sister Katie and our aunt Grace.
I hope to go back again sometime, so I included a short list of places I want to go next time.
How to pack for a California road trip
Packing for a road trip in California can be a bit tricky. I suppose that goes for any destination or road trip but I know this to be true from much experience on California road trips. The weather can be quite varied, especially if you’re going from inland to a beach city or the mountains, and so on.
I did so many trips up and down California when I was in my formative years that I’ve lost track of how many exactly.
I remember my middle sister and I going on our trip with or parents to see the Sequoia National Forest when I was a surly pre-teen. I went up to Sacramento twice to visit family around the same time period. My family went on several trips to visit my brother in Washington when I was in junior high and high school. Most were by plane, but I once road-tripped it up with my parents in a car.
Santa Monica: Restaurant guide
Since moving to Santa Monica, I’ve had a few visitors and people ask me what’s good to eat. There are lots of great places and I haven’t come close to trying all of them, but I do have some favorites that I want to share with you. I though it would be helpful to break it down into neighborhoods or types of meals.
Quick Trip to Encinitas
Last weekend my family and I went to Encinitas (way south of Los Angeles, north of San Diego) for a good 24 hours. I really wish I had taken more pictures. No point in dwelling on the past though.
Here are some fun things we did that I wouldn’t mind doing again.
- Lunch at Burger Lounge in Del Mar (Saturday)
- Walked around the Del Mar shopping center
- Lounging in the hotel pool and spa
- Dinner at Encinitas Fish Shop
- Walked around the San Diego Botanical Gardens
- Lunch at Milton’s (Sunday)
- Beach time in Oceanside on the way home
Exploring Beverly Hills
Right before I wrote out the title for this, I put Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” music video on, but immediately got their song “Beverly Hills” in my head.
🎸 Where I come from isn’t all that great 🎸
🎶 My automobile is a piece of crap 🎶
🎸 My fashion sense is a little whack 🎸
🎶 And my friends are just as screwy as me 🎶
I’d say that’s about accurate for myself. Except, I don’t actually have a car. But the gist of it is totally relatable!
So guys, the thing is, I went to Beverly Hills today for a job interview. I know for sure that it was in Beverly Hills. After it was over, I walked about a mile to a bus stop, taking photos on my new iPad along the way.