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


  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

Sea World San Diego

Three action filled days at Sea World!  Shows, rides, exhibits, and animal interactions.  Boy are we tired!  But it was totally worth it!  We had a feeling that this would be a favorite stop for Summer and we were right.  She loved everything.  Her favorite ride was the new Manta roller coaster.  Her favorite show was Blue Horizons, the dolphin … Continue reading

San Diego Zoo

  The San Diego Zoo is world famous.  We were fortunate enough to spend several days exploring the lush tropical forests, see amazing animals, take trails that included escalator like people movers, and watch several shows.  If you are in the San Diego area, I highly recommend at least one day.  The zoo is quite big and it would be … Continue reading