Texas Hill Country

This past September I took a trip to Texas where I visited the Hill Country, which is located in central Texas in between Austin and San Antonio heading west.  The Texas Hill Country consists of 25 counties, which is rich in history and natural wonders.  The topography is gentle rolling hills with … [Read more...]

The Salt Lick BBQ Texas

This month I visited family and friends in Texas!  What a great trip I had!  My visit consisted of lots of quality time with family and friends, a college football game, a Hill Country road trip, Texas wine tasting, The Alamo, lots of shopping, and fabulous BBQ!  Along our road trip, I had asked my … [Read more...]

Saint Remy de Provence

I have written before about a fabulous trip I made to Provence France in 2010 with my two oldest friends from childhood, Vicki and Janan.  On one of our two amazing days with our tour guide Laurence brought us to Saint Remy de Provence, to visit a well know farmers' market in the heart of the town. … [Read more...]

Food and Wine Pairing at the Mauna Kea

Each March my husband and I attend his company's reward trip to Hawaii.  This year we went to the Big Island of Hawaii and stayed at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.  The Mauna Kea is the oldest hotel on the big island - build in the 50s by the Rockefellers.  Although the hotel has been completely … [Read more...]

Feast of the Guardians

Every year the months of April and May make me fondly reminisce of my time in France in 2010 with my dear friends Vicki and Janan.  Last month’s blog, I wrote of our visit to the hospital that Vincent Van Gogh lived for a year in the country outside of St. Remy.  But in May I always think of Arles.  … [Read more...]

Vincent’s Irises

Lately I have been noticing the large bearded irises blooming in my neighborhood as I take my morning walks with my dog Callie.  Bearded irises are such a bold display of floral splendor!  They are so large and the colors are vivid and rich.  The flower form is quite distinct.  My father-in-law John … [Read more...]

Maui Memories

Earlier this month, my husband and I visited Maui on his annual company trip.  We have been visiting Maui for many years and enjoy all the wonderful sites this amazing Garden Isle has to offer.  As always, we had a wonderful time and saw many humpback whales! … [Read more...]

Washington’s Olympic National Park, Part 2

It was good to wake up on day-two of our three-day visit to the Olympic National Park rested and knowing that we didn’t have to drive too far to get to our next location, Lake Quinault.  We planned to wonder the beach here at Kalaloch and also go explore another nearby location, Ruby Beach. … [Read more...]

Washington’s Olympic National Park, Part 1

Sol Duc Falls, Sol Duc Hot Springs, Olympic National Park My family and I really enjoy visiting National Parks.  To date, we have visited twelve national parks, and love each one of them for their unique and awesome splendor.  We are avid hikers and enjoy hiking in these beautiful landscapes.  I am … [Read more...]

Washington’s Olympic Peninsula

I went somewhere new this year for 4th of July!  Usually we go to Lake Tahoe with our son and enjoy all the festivities that wonderful location has to offer for that very special day of year.  This year my son went on an immersion trip out of the country, which left my husband and I asking ourselves … [Read more...]