Cruising around the Salton Sea

The Salton Sea story is a long one.  It ebbs and flows with many victories and defeats. There is a very detailed explanation about its natural history on Wikipedia, I won't repeat it here.  There is a briefer and more interesting version of its cultural history with great vintage photos on the Salton Sea Museum site. The truth is, this place is fascinating. There have been railroad towns, a … [Read more...]

Seven Things to Do in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

It was a total fluke that we found the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. We were Googling "RV parks in San Diego" and The Springs at Borrego RV Resort, where we ended up staying, came up. Which led us to Anza-Borrego.  Given that it is the largest park in the continuous 48 states (there must be something bigger in Alaska...) I find it odd that so many people (I checked) have never heard of … [Read more...]

Traveler Tuesday – Alex of A Wandering Woman’s Travels

Today we have a travel blogger from the other side of the world, at least my world! Alex of A Wandering Woman's Travels is based in New Zealand. Let’s meet Alex! When and how did you become a traveler? I have always travelled, my family went on many holidays in England, Scotland and Wales. My first holiday abroad was to America where we visited friends and did a road trip from Salt … [Read more...]

Traveler Tuesday – Nicole of Suitcase Stories

I am always fascinated by full-time travelers, and not to criticize at all, I usually find that the backpacking, hostel, budget travel aspect of most full-time traveling just doesn't appeal to me. I don't need five star dining all the time (I love street food) I do like a nice (private) roof over my head. Turns out there is a whole group of bloggers out there who are full-time traveling … [Read more...]

Discovering Art and Culture in Gainesville

Yes, you read that right! It’s not just Gators country. The arts and culture scene in Gainesville, Florida is off the wall…literally! The urban arts scene in particular permeates the college town, including an incredible murals project that can be seen and enjoyed throughout the city. I know. When most of you think Florida, your mind drifts to beaches and turquoise, tropical waters. And … [Read more...]

Seven Things to do in Phoenix

My parents moved to the Phoenix area five years ago.  On each of my visits to see them, I have slowly started to gain a better appreciation for the some of the cool things that you can do in Phoenix and the greater Phoenix area, so I thought I would share some of my favorites, seven to be precise, so far. For your reference, the spots I am sharing are located all over the greater Phoenix area … [Read more...]

Taliesin West – Visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s Winter Home

A few years ago while reading an issue of my beloved AFAR magazine, I ran across a tiny blurp about a Frank Lloyd Wright home in Scottsdale, Arizona (you can see the highlight on I tore out that page and kept it on my desk as something to do on a future trip to visit my parents. Given our inclination for sustainability built homes, and the fact that Frank Lloyd Wright was the creator … [Read more...]

Visiting Tucson – Pima Air & Space Museum

From the moment we arrived at our RV prep spot in Arizona we had the constant distraction of jet fighters from Luke Air Force base, home of the F-16 Fighting Falcon training facility. All day and into the evening the jets could be seen and heard doing their maneuvers. It was kind of cool. A few years back when visiting Tombstone, we passed an airplane boneyard off the I-10 freeway and Mr. … [Read more...]

Traveler Tuesday – Alison of Green with Renvy

Last week we met Christina a fellow AFAR Ambassador. This week I am thrilled to introduce you to Alison of Green with Renvy, an AFAR Local Expert for the Boston Area. And as her blog suggests, this blogger-writer extraordinaire focuses on green travel, a subject close to my heart. Let’s meet Alison! When and how did you become a traveler? Perhaps in the womb!? I was conceived in Japan … [Read more...]

Traveler Tuesday – Christina of My View from the Middle Seat

A DINK couple who travels the world while working, sounds like my twin sister! (At least until recently!)  I have been so lucky in the brand ambassador work I have done to come across and meet extraordinary bloggers. The AFAR Ambassador group is only one example and that's where I met Christina of My View From the Middle Seat (which of course I can totally relate to because when I travel with my … [Read more...]