IMAG0053It’s been hot, baby. One town on our road trip from LA clocked 113 degrees. What was the temp when friend, Sue and I rolled into Carmel by the Sea and the Hofsas House Hotel on a recent July afternoon? A remarkable 68 degrees.

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P7071644This is a POSITIVE review of whale watching with Discovery, in Monterey, CA… but you might not get that at first glance because I’m going to warn you… You NEED Dramamine.

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Guest Room

Here’s an eye-opener – sleep in your own guest room. About a year ago Larry caught that terrible cough – he needed sleep AND to cough without waking me, so I slept three nights in the guest room. He felt better, and I felt… bummed. It was not great. The room was not a haven. New Project! And now it’s ahhhhsome. Here are my TWO lists of guest room ideas and essentials.

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Kids or no kids, couples or solos, siblings or pals… every Angelino could use fresh ideas for short trips. Don’t overlook staycations! Pile on a bunch of these experiences in the coming warm weather months.

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P1140422Don’t worry, American fast food pizza has not yet arrived in Cuba. But “Dominos” is well known throughout the island. Dominos, the tile game, is a ritual, probably nightly for many passionate players.

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Cuba, I love the people. Busy with things that matter. Music, haircut, pottery, breadbaking, fishing, dance, painting, sewing, a rancher with a chicken on his head, ration butchers, cemetery manager, music teacher, taxi.

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Authentic Pisco Sour ~ Nat Geo Amazon River Cruise Cocktail of Choice

It’s the beloved foam-topped tart/sweet cocktail of South America. Pisco Sour – the featured drink on our Upper Amazon Rainforest Cruise on National Geographic Adventures.

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Skyspace Slide in LA ~ Anticipation is MUCH Scarier Than The Experience

If something comes with a ticket, Larry wants to do it. So, he booked the Skyspace Slide in downtown LA, PRONTO. Nothing like being a “first.” I’m not afraid of heights, nor of flying through the sky, having bungee jumped, hot air ballooned, helicoptered, parasailed, slid down a glacier on my butt, flown tiny planes […]

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Ch-ch-ch-Cherry Cobbler ~ Our Now-Frozen Cherries Put to Work

Once our luscious fresh-picked Bing cherries were pitted, frozen and bagged, the pressure was OFF to make something quickly. FROZEN cherries are called for in this recipe for Cherry Cobbler.

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Fresh Cherry Hand Pies ~ We Even Picked The Cherries

Of course, once you pick 12 pounds of fresh cherries, you bake with them. No more story telling (all that is here on another post), time to make Fresh Cherry Hand Pies.

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Road Trip! Fresh Cherry Picking in Leona Valley, California is Closer To LA Than You Think

Here is a city-slicker adventure in Southern California: drive to a mouthwatering cherry farm in Leona Valley, called Villa del Sol, and pick cherries! This has been on my bucket list (cuz you use a bucket!).Time to set the alarm clock, slather on sunscreen and pick us some fresh cherries.

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How to Paint a Permanent Outdoor Rug for Under $150 ~ On Concrete or Rooftop or Deck or Patio or Wherever

We have a rooftop patio, awesome for watching the sun set, seeing planes take off from LAX over that hill in the distance, snooping on goings-on (a few years back, Modern Family filmed an episode directly below, FUN watching). Unfortunately, the sun up there is brutal. In a single year, our outdoor rug disintegrated. Lightbulb […]

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I’m No Cowgirl, But THIS Ranch Suits Me Fine ~ Road Trip to Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley

Picking up our hotel keys at a wine tasting room was an intriguing first glimpse into the Holman style. Recently invited to visit the Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, California, to give it a blogger’s review, I had zero expectations beyond the fact that I like wine and I like to travel. And while I’m […]

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