St. Michaels Maryland

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St, Michaels is on the tranquil side of side of Maryland—the Eastern Shore. CNN named it as one of the 10 best small coastal towns. As we were in the area, we decided to check it out. But first we crossed the very long, but scenic, Chesapeake Bay Bridge and made a quick drive-through of [Read more …]

Annapolis Maryland

Maryland state house

A Short Annapolis History A group of Puritan families founded Annapolis Maryland in 1649 and named it Anne Arundel Town. Shortly after, it became the capital of Maryland. The town’s initial street pattern was laid out across 100 acres in 1674. The town assumed its current name in 1695 and was chartered as one of [Read more …]

Pacific Coast—Rolling Down Route 1 From Mendocino to Bodega Bay California

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State Route 1 runs along the Pacific Coast in California. We recently drove it for approximately 100 miles from Mendocino to Bodega Bay. The vertigo-inducing twisty coastal route traces steep cliffs, secluded beaches and occasional fishing/tourist towns along the Pacific coast. The road is slow going but very rewarding. While gas is available, we still [Read more …]

Brown Bears Hunting Salmon at Brooks Falls Alaska

Bears catching salmon at top of Brooks Falls

It’s Fat Bear Week at Katmai National Park. The brown bears are matched against each other in a “march madness” style competition and online visitors can vote who is ultimately crowned the Fat Bear Week 2021 Champion. In honor of Fat Bear Week, we are reposting our July 2011 blog of when we spent hours [Read more …]

Mendocino Walking Tour

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Mendocino on the northern California Pacific coast is a beautiful small historic town that attracts nature lovers of all kind. Actually, Mendocino isn’t a town at all—but an unincorporated slice of Mendocino County. But for convenience, we will continue to refer to it as a “town”. While we have visited Mendocino many times, we wanted [Read more …]

Mendocino California Hikes and Parks


Mendocino is a small unincorporated area on the northern California Pacific coast. It has breathtaking views. While it is neither a town nor a city, we will refer to it as a town for simplicity. The lovely town and its headlands have been designated a National Historic Area and are well worth spending some time [Read more …]

Exploring Santa Cruz California

Santa Cruz boardwalk merry go round

Santa Cruz Santa Cruz is a town located at the northern edge of Monterey Bay, about an hour south of San Jose. It is known primarily for its beach, its surfing, and its university. It has plenty of places to stroll, relax and people watch. The Beach Boardwalk is home to an amusement area with [Read more …]

A Retrospective of the Paintings of Joan Mitchell

Joan Mitchell - 1948 untitled

The SFMOMA retrospective, Joan Mitchell San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) currently has an exhibit on Joan Mitchell (September 2021 – January 2022) called Joan Mitchell: A Life Lived through Color. It traces the evolution of her art over 50 years from 1940 through her death in the 1990s. Abstract Expressionism Joan Mitchell was [Read more …]

Mendocino California Restaurants–Updated 2021

We love good food with fresh local ingredients. If you are looking for a place to eat in the Mendocino California area, you might want to check out some of our favorite places. And you can tell, we return to our favorites time and time again. Wild Fish Wild Fish is a short car ride [Read more …]

Seattle Washington Hotels


This post is a compilation of the hotels we have stayed at in Seattle Washington over the years. W Seattle 2021: We used our points to stay at the W Hotel in downtown Seattle for our 5-night stay (when you use points, you get the 5th night free). The hotel is very conveniently located 1 [Read more …]