Santorini–Heaven on Earth

Santorini–Heaven on Earth

If you found the most beautiful, peaceful place on earth, wouldn’t you want others to enjoy it too?  That’s the purpose of this post–sharing with you my favorite place ever!  (At least so far…)

Going to Greece in September of 2008 was actually our first trip overseas.  Two of my adult children were living in Europe–one in southern France and one in Madrid, Spain.  They were serving as missionaries, and I was a little jealous that they were experiencing the cultures, languages, and sights of European countries.  My husband and I decided it was about time we made it to Europe as well.  We chose Greece first because of its ancient history and its role in the birthplace of democracy.  You will learn that I am obsessed with old things!

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Getaway to Vegas! #CES2015

Getaway to Vegas! #CES2015

Getaway to Las Vegas? Ok I’ll be honest with you; it’s not my favorite destination.  But I do know how to make the best of any travel opportunity, and I’m not going to let you down this time.  I’ve been to Las Vegas many times and it’s usually about visiting or meeting family.  Mostly because it’s halfway between San Diego, which I call home—and Utah, which is where my kids have been for several years.  But this trip was to visit the Consumer Electronics Show where I accompanied my husband and did some research of my own. 

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San Diego Whale-Watching

IMG_1983Did you know that gray whales make the longest migration of any mammal on the earth? Every year, they make the 10,000 mile round trip from food-rich waters of the arctic to the warm-water bays of Baja California for mating and birthing.  San Diego’s prime location offers front-row seats for viewing this spectacular migration in both directions. Since January is the peak of the migration period, my husband and I decided to join aIMG_1976 whale-watching tour just this past weekend.  It was truly an amazing experience, and I highly recommend it!  I wanted to enjoy the whales without worrying about getting the best angle, but I have a few photos to share that could convince you to take the tour youself. Read more

Best Free Things to Do in San Diego

Best Free Things to Do in San Diego

I love San Diego, and I’ve been taking my family and out-of-town visitors to “see the sights” for 26 years now.  Not just the touristy things that suck up all your money, but the things that San Diego residents do over and over again–because they’re proven to be enjoyable and don’t cost anything.  So here’s my list of the best free things to do in San Diego.  I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy them whether you’re just visiting for a few days or living in “America’s Finest City.”  This is part one of a continuing series of free things to do in San Diego. Read more

Travel and Family Go Hand in Hand

On the road from San Diego to Salt Lake City

On the road from San Diego to Salt Lake City

I’m actually writing this on my laptop on a road trip from San Diego to Salt Lake City.  It’s not how I usually spend my traveling time, but I’ve made this trip so many times before, it begged for some variety.  Maybe you’re wondering why I would subject myself to an 11-hour (nearly non-stop) drive more than once.  I’ve got two reasons.  I like to travel and I have family there.  Not just any family.  Three of my children and their spouses, three grandchildren, nine nephews and nieces (and parents), and my in-laws.  When I first met my husband at BYU over 30 years ago, little did I know how much of my life would be spent traveling to and from Utah! Read more