5 of America’s Most Unique Lavender Farms

Summer is just heating up and that means one thing to me. Lavender. There is nothing quite like walking through a heady field of lavender. As your senses take in the deep piney-floral aroma of the beautiful purple flowers, it's easy for your mind to wander to the south of France. However, you don't have to hop on a plane to Aix-en-Provence to visit a lavender farm, there are hundreds of … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #21 – Lisbon/Phoenix

Oh wow! Did a whole week go by without a new blog post? Guess I was having too much fun in Portugal! The [sponsored] Viking River Cruise on the Douro could not have been a better choice. This region is stunningly beautiful and mass tourism hasn't reached the sleepy villages spoiling the simple, hard-working wine culture that was established here centuries ago. Blog posts on my trip and the … [Read more...]

Blazing the Apache Trail

While we were staying in Gold Canyon in March we were only fifteen minutes from the Apache Trail. This designated scenic route is a great day trip and offers a variety of things to do. You can the entire route in one day, but it would be aggressive if you wanted to see/do everything. We did one full day and several half days. I recommend the following route, for reasons that I'll explain in a … [Read more...]

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Weekly Wanderings #10 – Bryce Canyon

Where to start? Last weekend I was in Irvine (California) for the WITs Summit, a conference from Wanderful made up primarily of travel bloggers. I got to see my pal Katie as well as meet Christina, Cynthia and Kelly in person. My ExperienceBuick cohort, Lois came as well. It is good to be surrounded by friends who support your efforts, everyone gets each other and what we are trying to … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #8 – Gold Canyon

What a week! We're into our second week at Gold Canyon with one week left and time is flying. My old team from work, once colleagues, now friends (even though I was boss) because besides being passionate about what we do, we have a lot in common, like food....anyway....they came in from San Francisco to check in on life in the RV and to go to a Spring Training game together. A photo … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #7 – Gold Canyon

Well the first leg of our trip, 6 weeks on the road is over!  And we made it without any issue, unless you count the lack of fresh vegetables as an issue (and I do). We spent three wonderful weeks in Borrego Springs and a little over three weeks in three places in New Mexico: Las Cruces, Santa Fe and Kirtland. On Saturday, we drove from Kirtland to Flagstaff and stayed at a really nice KOA for … [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...]

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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 AFAR.com). 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...]

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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...]

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Winter at the Wave

A couple of Fridays ago while I was working at the GRAMMYs rehearsals my cell phone suddenly began buzzing away with multiple text messages coming in.  When I got a moment to take a look, it was Mr. Misadventures excitedly letting me know that we had gotten permits for the Wave. In fact, our favorite guide and all around good guy, William of Dreamland Safari Tours had won the lottery...that is … [Read more...]