U.S. National Parks

Zion National Park | Exploring Utah

Since the first time we had stepped inside Zion National Park back in 2010, this magnificent valley in Utah has been a favorite. I have come back several times with friends to hike the Emerald Pools trail, the Narrows and find a sense of grounding. My now adult daughter hikes, camps here with friends and… Continue reading Zion National Park | Exploring Utah

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Calistoga’s Geyser and Petrified Forest | Exploring Napa Valley, California

There are a lot of interesting sights in the Napa Valley beyond the grapevines and fine restaurants. Although those are a few of my favorite Napa sights! If you find yourself in Napa Valley with younger family members or looking for interesting natural sights, I suggest driving a few minutes to Calistoga. There you will… Continue reading Calistoga’s Geyser and Petrified Forest | Exploring Napa Valley, California

Food Journals

Noshing in New York – Part 2 – A Food Journal

Manhattan, New York - You would assume that navigating New York City for food would be easy because there are restaurants everywhere. In actuality finding a place to eat in Manhattan can be overwhelming. New York is not short of historic, ethnic, trendy and fanciful restaurants. You would have to either live in New York… Continue reading Noshing in New York – Part 2 – A Food Journal

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Wigwam Village Motel #6 | A kitschy stay along Route 66 in Holbrook, Arizona

Listed on the National Historic Registry Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to stay a night at this hotel. I am not sure if I saw it on TV or a magazine, I genuinely do not remember. I just knew it was out there for me to stay in for a night during… Continue reading Wigwam Village Motel #6 | A kitschy stay along Route 66 in Holbrook, Arizona

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Cayo Costa State Park | Exploring Florida

Welcome to Cayo Costa! This unspoiled Gulf Coast island in Florida is a nature lovers paradise. It is peaceful, secluded and can feel like you are on a private island. There are wind shaped trees, miles of white sand beaches, wildlife, and crystal blue waters. The best part of all is the freedom to explore… Continue reading Cayo Costa State Park | Exploring Florida

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Mesa Verde National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Colorado

There are moments in people's lives when they remember the first time a fire was lit for their life's passion. I absolutely can recall the first time I learned about gourmet cheeses, and that fire of fine foods was lit. The humorous thing was that the gourmet food fire lit about the same time my… Continue reading Mesa Verde National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Colorado

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Jenny Lake at Grand Teton National Park | Exploring Wyoming

Jenny Lake After I left the state of Wyoming, I had considered finding property close to Jackson Hole, the area was that impressive. Grand Teton National Park which is located close to that upscale town of Jackson Hole, to which I fell in love with, was one of the reasons for my thoughts of relocation.… Continue reading Jenny Lake at Grand Teton National Park | Exploring Wyoming

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Exploring Exit Glacier | Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

Exit Glacier is a massive and active glacier that is located in the Kenai Mountains of Alaska. It is one of the Kenai Fjords National Park's major attractions and served as the "exit" for the first recorded crossing of the Harding Icefield in 1968. Exit glacier is one of the easiest accessible valley glaciers in… Continue reading Exploring Exit Glacier | Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

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Death Valley National Park | Exploring California

Living in Las Vegas has given me great opportunities to visit many national parks. We are a few hours from the magnificent parks in Utah and less than two hours away from Death Valley National Park in California. Over the past decade, I have taken various road trips visiting many of the wonderous natural sites… Continue reading Death Valley National Park | Exploring California

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Garden of the Gods | Exploring Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado- Garden of the Gods is a majestic red rock public park, just 70 miles south of Denver and is free to the public. There are magnificent geological formations in various shades of red, pink and white that you can casually stroll through, cycle or take a trolley tour to view this wonderous… Continue reading Garden of the Gods | Exploring Colorado

Global Dining

The Bubble Room Restaurant | Captiva Island, Florida

It's Christmas all year round in Captiva, Florida! This little coastal island located off the Gulf of Mexico is my favorite place in all of Florida to visit. There are only a few places in the United States that I can say I feel at home and relaxed in. Both Sanibel and Captiva, Florida have… Continue reading The Bubble Room Restaurant | Captiva Island, Florida

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Yosemite National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring California

Yosemite National Park is one of the most majestic and breathtaking valleys on Earth. It is more than a place to take photos for the gram (Instagram); Yosemite is a place to recharge and to be grateful that you are alive, and living on this planet. There are no words to truly describe this magical… Continue reading Yosemite National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring California

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Canyonlands National Park | Exploring Utah

Canyonlands is an extraordinary national park in Utah that is located close to the town of Moab, and over two hours south of Arches National Park. There are numerous canyons, mesas and buttes that contribute to this park's magnificent landscapes. Canyonlands is a terrific place for hikers, nature lovers, campers and road trippers. It is… Continue reading Canyonlands National Park | Exploring Utah

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Yellowstone National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Wyoming, Montana & Idaho

Yellowstone National Park is so extraordinary that it exists in three states, with the majority of the park in Wyoming. Even if this national park was only in one of those states, it would still be considered extraordinary in my book. Yellowstone is known for its geothermal features, such as Old Faithful and the thermal… Continue reading Yellowstone National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Wyoming, Montana & Idaho

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Grand Canyon National Park – The South Rim vs The West Rim | Exploring Arizona

The Grand Canyon is one of America's national treasures and is on many people's Bucket List from around the world. Arizona is the home of this magnificent canyon that was carved out by the Colorado River six million years ago, or sixteen million years ago, whichever study that you agree with. However long it took,… Continue reading Grand Canyon National Park – The South Rim vs The West Rim | Exploring Arizona

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Cruising Up the Nile – From Aswan to Luxor, Egypt

If you are looking to cruise the Nile River in Egypt from Aswan to Luxor, I highly recommend the experience. Deciding on a boat cruise aboard a mid-size luxury liner is an extraordinary way to see the riverways of Egypt, as well as many of the important temples in Upper Egypt. After doing a little… Continue reading Cruising Up the Nile – From Aswan to Luxor, Egypt