Category Archives: Travel Logs & Excursions

Scenic Drive on Hwy 1. Big Sur, Coastal Farms & Santa Cruz Wine Tasting with Aunty Uma

Hello and Happy Monday! Hope your July 4th holiday weekend (for those in the U.S.) is relaxing and fun with family, friends and good food. ⁠. For me I had my Aunty Uma visiting from New Jersey. She is here for a reikii consultation with a client and is staying with me for the week. She took a day off from work to go on a scenic drive on coastal Hwy 1 yesterday. It was your picture perfect Northern California day on this July 4th weekend. Misty, cool foggy morning, clear blue skies in the afternoon, and temperatures in the mild 60s-70s and 80s, just perfect.

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Friday Flowers. The Mustard Flowers of Napa Valley

Early spring in Napa Valley is a magical time. I can gush on and on about how gorgeous Napa Valley is in early spring in February and March. It’s a brief moment in time when the valley is covered in vibrant yellow mustard flowers, and we got to witness this spectacular nature scene last March when we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary there. Right before the pandemic lockdown! Talk about perfect timing!

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Hiking Almaden Quicksilver County Park in San Jose, California

With our gorgeous fall weather upon us this is a great time to walk on the trails and be part of nature. I am so excited to be sharing these photos of a hike I went on earlier in the year with my friend Padmini to the beautiful Almaden Quicksilver Mines Park.

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4th of July Weekend in Sunny Sausalito

Hello and a good Wednesday to you all.  How is your week going?  Good? Ready for the upcoming weekend? Just two more days to go!  How was your July 4th holiday? I hope you were able to relax with family (for those of you here in the U.S.)   We ended up spending our long holiday weekend in sunny Sausalito. Continue reading 4th of July Weekend in Sunny Sausalito

Moss Beach Landing & Harbor Seals at Half Moon Bay, California

Good Friday to you all!  I trust you had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend.  Around here our week started off great on a happy note in the great outdoors.  After months of being stuck at home only venturing out for groceries and errands, our family played hooky earlier in the week and took the day off from work on Monday.  We snuck out for a gorgeous hike in the seaside village of Half Moon Bay. Continue reading Moss Beach Landing & Harbor Seals at Half Moon Bay, California

California Dreaming. Gamble Garden Spring Tour

Happy Earth Day!

In the spirit of Earth Day and all things nature and gardening I would like to share this fun look at a spring garden tour a group of my friends and I went on in Palo Alto, California.  The garden tour was called California Dreaming – the philosophy of enjoying the beautiful outdoors all year round and in our own backyards. Continue reading California Dreaming. Gamble Garden Spring Tour

Valentine’s Weekend in San Francisco

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? I hope it was relaxing.  For us since the girls were home on break from school last week we headed to San Francisco for the weekend.  The city was spectacular on this February weekend. With warm temps in the 60s and sunny blue skies, San Francisco couldn’t have been any more gorgeous!!!  Here is a look at some pics of our lovely weekend in beautiful San Francisco. Continue reading Valentine’s Weekend in San Francisco

Weekend in Monterey & Carmel Valley Wine Trail

Happy Tuesday! How was your Thanksgiving weekend? I hope you got to relax a bit and also had a chance to do some holiday shopping. We had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend.  After a festive and relaxing Thanksgiving day dinner we headed out an hour and half away to the seaside towns of Monterey and Carmel. Continue reading Weekend in Monterey & Carmel Valley Wine Trail