California

Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara

A trip to Santa Barbara is not complete without a visit to Stearns Wharf. When completed In 1872, it became…

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A Chicago Gal Experiences the California Wildfires

Note from Zanne: The Thomas Wildfire began December 4, 2017, and burned 440 square miles across Ventura and Santa Barbara…

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San Jacinto Mountain Adventure

As our final trip of 2017, JD and I met up in Palm Springs with our families to say goodbye…

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Adventure to The Channel Islands National Park

The Channel Islands have always been this alluring beacon to me to come explore. They always seem just out of…

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Mount Pinos, Frazier Park, California (8000 feet elevation)

When I need to feel peace and calm, I go to the beach. The salty breezes, warm sand, and cold…

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La Jolla & Torrey Pines, San Diego

(Day One of Our trip can be found here) La Jolla, San Diego Waking up on Sunday wasn’t easy because…

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Romantic Getaway Weekend in San Diego

Celebrating on the beach To be married 20 years in no easy task. Marriage is a lot of work, compromise,…

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Cabin Life (For the Weekend) at Lake Arrowhead

It’s July and it’s hot.  It’s 107F degrees and although it still beats the 90 F degrees and 90 percent…

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Christmas in July at Big Bear!

If you want that cozy, holiday, cabin feel, even in the middle of summer, I present: Christmas in July at…

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Road Trip to Joshua Tree National Park

It’s about a three-hour drive out to Twenty-nine Palms, but with 24 hours notice that gave me enough time to put…

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My First Time Seeing the Pacific Ocean

My first time seeing the Pacific Ocean almost didn’t happen. I almost took a pass. I was a Chicago Gal,…

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Storrier Stearns Japanese Gardens

Storrier Stearns Japanese Gardens

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