April 10, 2017

Death Valley Delights and Amazes

The vast openness of Death Valley put me at total peace driving into the heat. I loved every moment of our visit there, from the rolling hills and endless roads to the subtle landscape of sand dunes, salt flats, and colored canyons. The contrast to urban living is striking, which is part of its magic. It's beautifully nothing and something at the same time. I can't wait to go again (in the winter!). 

April 9, 2017

Fields Full of Poppies at Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve

Walking along a field full of poppies is an amazing way to start off spring break. We stopped at the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve in southern California on the way to Death Valley. This super bloom year was astounding. There were poppies everywhere in glorious bright orange, swaying in the breeze. I could have stayed for the entire afternoon - but the wild west was calling!

January 2, 2017

A Walk Along the Cliffs of Moher

Thanks to Paddywagon Tours, we were able to drive across Ireland from Dublin to the west coast and back in a single day to fit in the Cliffs of Moher before we ended our UK trip. We were lucky to have a bright sunny day with brilliant views along the coast and countryside. I couldn't imagine trekking all the way out here to greet fog atop 700 foot cliffs, and was thankful our visibility was crystal clear. Or, should I say "emerald" clear?

December 29, 2016

Exploring Castles in South Wales

A sunny day in south Wales (which is rare) delighted us with castle views near the Gower Peninsula.  We found horses, dragons, bridges and moats. Maps of the area have plenty of castles to explore, but check times on the web before heading out. Opening times during the seasons may vary. Pictured here are Ogmore castle, Caerphilly Castle, and Castell Coch. And let's not forget Dave the Falcon from Perriswood Farms. 

December 28, 2016

London Lights Up At Night

From Oxford Street to Bond Street to Big Ben and Covent Garden, London shines during Christmas time. During our last trip to the U.K. we stayed in London over the Christmas holiday. We were lucky to see London in all of her decorated glory. I'm not sure when I will be back in winter, but these memories London at night will most certainly last.