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The REAL ID – what you need to know before traveling by air domestically in the United States on January 22nd, 2018

The REAL ID Act was actually passed by Congress in 2005 in response to the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the Federal Government "set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses."  All states must meet the Act's minimum standards for the issuance of driver's licenses or identification cards or federal agencies… Continue reading The REAL ID – what you need to know before traveling by air domestically in the United States on January 22nd, 2018

California · United States

Outdoor Ice Skating in Southern California

I'm from Northwestern Pennsylvania and can easily imagine ice skating outside during winter.  Our small town used to have its own seasonal outdoor ice skating rink and I can remember skating around to 70's disco music while big snow flakes fell. I would never have thought of ice skating on a beach in California until… Continue reading Outdoor Ice Skating in Southern California

Pennsylvania · United States

Dine Aboard a Tall Ship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Imagine having dinner on the world's oldest and largest square rigged sailing vessel still afloat! Even better yet, your meal will be prepared in a AAA 4- diamond-rated restaurant onboard! Moshulu is the one and only restaurant venue on a Tall Ship in the world and has appeared in the movies Rocky and The Godfather… Continue reading Dine Aboard a Tall Ship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

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

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