Joshua Tree National Park

Written by Dave.  On our way through California, we took the long way back through Joshua Tree National Park.  We were interested in seeing these unique trees.  We didn’t have a lot of time in the park, but we made the most of it. It was quite a surreal landscape, with the unique rock formations and Dr. Seuss like trees.  … Continue reading

Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs used to be a popular destination for movie stars.  Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas,  Bob Hope, and Elvis to name a few.  It is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the desert.  The city is full of palm trees, shops, and restaurants.  It is a popular tourist destination.  We were hoping to ride the Aerial Tramway up Mt. … Continue reading

Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach

As we drove to Santa Monica, Dave and I both kept singing the line to that old Sheryl Crow song “All I wanna do is have some fun, until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Blvd.”  Anyway, we must have sung it more than we realized, because several days later, we heard Luie singing it to himself in the … Continue reading

Hollywood

  Swimming pools, movie stars!  Wait, I think that is part of a theme song.  Anyway, how fun to go to Hollywood!  My cousin said that it was worth going just to see the “interesting” people down there.  If we would have had more time, I totally would have wanted to take one of the tours.  There were lots of … Continue reading

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is right next to the San Diego Zoo.  We had no expectations about what to expect, but a friend recommended it.  And we are always up for another adventure. The first place we found was the Spanish Village Art Center.  We loved it immediately.  Surrounded on either side by little art shops full of paintings, glass work, jewelry, … Continue reading

San Diego Zoo SAFARI Park

The Safari Park is affiliated with the zoo.  It is essentially a zoo onto itself.  But they do offer different adventures that you can take also.  They also have shows and animal demonstrations.  Entrance to the Safari park was included in the tickets Dave bought, so we decided to check it out.  We were surprised with how big it was … Continue reading