Adventure, Travel & Tours

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

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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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Under the Paso Robles Sun… is Tuscany! Road Trip to Allegretto Vineyard Resort

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We rolled into the experience from LA on a four-day road trip. The Allegretto Vineyard Resort quite literally makes you forget you’re in Paso Robles, California —  this Italian villa style resort is more than a nice surprise, it’s remarkable.

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Larry, Where’s Our Car? ~ Pretty Cool Little Gizmo Review

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Larry: What model car did we rent? Me: Black? Larry: You don’t know the make and model? Me: That’s your job. (Now it doesn’t have to be because we have a ZUS car finder and smart phone charger.)

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Tiny Travel Tip: “Red Dot” System–Plus More Tiny Tips From Travel Bloggers

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The Red Dot System wasn’t my idea; friend Caroline clued me in for our first African Safari trip. Using a red Sharpie pen, tag old clothes and shoes, then leave behind at the end of a trip. We’re not talking about clothes for a posh Riviera Cruise… more like schlepping around Morocco.

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First Solo Adventure Trip? Choose Morocco. I’m Serious!

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In the Overseas Adventure Travel catalog, their Morocco Sahara Odyssey has a special flag: “A Solo Traveler’s Favorite.” Our recent group had 15 travelers – 3 couples and the rest solo women (YEA women!). Youngest was 43, oldest was 78. Two teams of solos knew each other, the rest just came. Brave!

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Our Glam Sahara Tent Camp ~ Overseas Adventure Travel to Morocco

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This is our private tent, above. In the Sahara Desert. Middle of absolutely NOWHERE. Up ‘til only two or three years ago, this two-night experience on the Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) tour of Morocco was an adventure in reeeelly roughing it. As in, basic canvas tents, shared outhouse, sink stand propped up in the sand. […]

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Product Review ~ Camp Chef Deluxe Outdoor Oven

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An oven for the campsite. It blew me away when I saw this Camp Chef Deluxe Outdoor Oven – so I thought a Product Review was in order.

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Road Trip! Finally Visited the Bacara Resort and Spa ~ Ba-CAR-ah, not BOCK-a-Raw

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The gal in the hot tub said that going to Bacara Resort and Spa was a local treat for Santa Barbarans. It was her birthday, a spa day with her girlfriend. If it were in my ‘hood, that would make sense to me! Goleta from Playa Vista is just about 100 miles.

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Bacara Resort’s Drought Gesture ~ Clever Idea for California Gardens

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California 2015, the drought carries on. We’re supposed to reduce water usage; I don’t believe many people do much to make a dent. Look at this option, thanks Bacara Resort in Goleta, CA. Fountains are shut off and planted with succulents and trinkets.

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Travel Hack: Use Pet Tags to ID Your Stuff

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Cameras & cases, binoculars & cases, ipad cases, anything with a loop or zipper works for using a custom-imprinted Pet ID Tag for your own identification. They’re cheap, lightweight, indestructible, lots of shapes and sizes. I bought four for $12.50 at PetTags4Less.com. You’re welcome.

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The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano Proves that Bees Hang Out in the OC

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We devoured these beauties… farm fresh cucumbers, sliced ribbon-thin and tossed as a crispy salad, savored while dining under peach and apple trees, serenaded by giddy bees. This was a Chef’s Lunch in the garden at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano.

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Product Review: Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods — Foodies Take Note!

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Not by choice, but I head up the Emergency Preparedness Committee here in Playa Vista (a gung-ho neighbor started the idea, then moved and I stepped in). Made a website, then lined up CERT training. Class #1, our firefighter instructor talked about his shelf-stable food for disaster preparedness. With a little research, I found Mountain […]

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Road Warrior Tip: My 12 Tiny Travel Tools

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Someone recently asked if I “always kept my makeup case packed” for trips. On the contrary, I continually fill and tidy it. It’s substantial, has everything. I can solve needs of practically any fellow traveler. If you want to be an intrepid traveler, add these to your kit:

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