California · United States

Trinidad, California – A small, seaside hamlet

This beautiful seaside village is located on the far northern California coast. It is not only the smallest incorporated city but is also one of California's oldest places!  If you are in Portland, Oregon or in San Francisco, you are within an easy day's drive to Trinidad. The beaches are beautiful and haunting. This is… Continue reading Trinidad, California – A small, seaside hamlet

Europe · Switzerland

An overview of the “Swiss Riviera” – Montreux, Switzerland

There is just so much to learn about Montreux, Switzerland that I don't want to tackle the city in just one post. It just wouldn't be fair!  So be prepared for a gaggle of future posts while I learn about how much fun you can have here! Freddie Mercury and Charlie Chaplin both lived here… Continue reading An overview of the “Swiss Riviera” – Montreux, Switzerland

California · Uncategorized · United States

Learning more about The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (a.k.a. the Ahwahnee Hotel) in Yosemite National Park, California

Years ago I watched a riveting PBS special called Great Lodges of the National Parks.  It was so interesting that I couldn't drag myself away from the show. Many of the lodges were built out of log, stone, and timber which echoed their natural surroundings.  Using these sturdy materials made the early 20th century seem… Continue reading Learning more about The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (a.k.a. the Ahwahnee Hotel) in Yosemite National Park, California

California · United States

The world’s tallest living things can be seen at Redwood National and State Parks in northern California

These parks are actually a string of protected forests, beaches, and grasslands along the Northern California coast. The small town of Orick is located nearby. Bring your neck pillow!  You will be craning your neck to see massive trees that grow over 350 feet high!   Highway 101 runs right through this park. But this… Continue reading The world’s tallest living things can be seen at Redwood National and State Parks in northern California

Europe · Switzerland

Discovering small Swiss towns on the way to Chamonix – today’s town is: Thonex, Switzerland

  I love videos like this because you get a visual idea of what it looks like to drive along the streets while viewing the terrain .  You can see traffic patterns, traffic light configurations, typical highway signs, and housing styles that are common to the area. Thonex is located just outside of Geneva. It… Continue reading Discovering small Swiss towns on the way to Chamonix – today’s town is: Thonex, Switzerland

California · United States

Watch the surf crash against the shore at the small hamlet of Klamath, California

My cover photo shows a pine tree growing out of the limb of another huge tree.  I believe this is called the 'Wonder Tree' and it is located in Klamath, California.  The Klamath River flows right into the ocean, as the picture shows below: Klamath is located only 40 miles from the southern Oregon border. … Continue reading Watch the surf crash against the shore at the small hamlet of Klamath, California

Europe · Switzerland

Daydreaming about what to see in Switzerland before heading to Chamonix

I have been thinking about taking a trip back to France/Switzerland/Italy/Monaco.  It has been 20 years since I was last there and I'd love to go back and see the Alps and Mediterranean Sea again.  I remember how beautiful the views were and the picture below reminds me of what I saw on the way… Continue reading Daydreaming about what to see in Switzerland before heading to Chamonix