Category Archives: California

Leisurely La Jolla

October 10, 2019 On this, the final day of our surprise trip, we had time to explore on our own. We took an Uber to La Jolla, about 12 miles from our hotel. It would have been possible to get … Continue reading

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Water and Windmills

October 9, 2019 Day two of our surprise trip started with a quick breakfast at Starbucks across from the hotel, so very convenient for someone who loves her Starbucks, even if I have to settle for decaf these days. While … Continue reading

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US Grant Hotel and Grill

October 8, 2019 We arrived in San Diego around 1:00 this afternoon, and headed to our hotel to check in. Located near the Gaslamp Quarter, the US Grant Hotel, built in the early 1900’s by Ulysses S Grant, Jr, and … Continue reading

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Surprise! Vacation Trip

October 7, 2019 My best friend and I will be embarking on another decade of our lives soon. To celebrate, we opted for a surprise trip with our spouses, using The Vacation Hunt, a company started by a young couple in … Continue reading

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Falling Waters Nine: The Cascades, Illilouette and Ribbon, Yosemite National Park

Spring, 2013 We’ve made two trips to Yosemite National Park, but didn’t manage to see all of the waterfalls in the park. This post addresses three that we didn’t spend as much time at during either visit. Our first trip … Continue reading

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Falling Waters Eight – Nevada Fall, Yosemite National Park

Fall, 2009 and Spring, 2013 Nevada Fall has been in the news recently, as a young man fell while taking a selfie near the top of this waterfall. It’s a tragic reminder of the need to be very careful when hiking … Continue reading

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Falling Waters Seven – Vernal Fall, Yosemite National Park

Spring, 2013 Vernal Fall cannot be seen from the road, and we missed it on our first visit in 2009. The local name was Yanopah, meaning “little water cloud.” It received its current name from Lafayette Bunnell in the 1850’s. As … Continue reading

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Falling Waters Six – Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite National Park

Fall, 2009 and Spring, 2013 When I started researching Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite, California, I discovered that at least 13 other states also have a Bridal Veil Falls, although those are all spelled with two words, while this one is … Continue reading

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Falling Waters Five – Yosemite Falls, California

Fall, 2009 and Spring, 2013 Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in Yosemite National Park, third tallest in the United States (Hawaii has two that are taller), the 20th tallest in the world, not counting underwater falls. I had not … Continue reading

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San Diego History Lessons

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Dave and Kathy took us to Old Town San Diego this morning, on yet another sun filled day. Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese explorer, landed here in 1542 and named the site San Miguel. However, Gaspar de Portolà i … Continue reading

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