Ok, California is cool…

Sometimes when I’m not traveling I get a little antsy. I “forget” how fortunate I am to live in an area where it is sunny and warm in one area and within 2 hours I can be in the great Sierra mountains and it’s snowing.  Sometimes a wise soul reminds me that there are many adventures still to be found here and there is a lot of traveling that can be done in my own “backyard.”    Thanks for that. 😘

  

Why, Kauai of course…

I’m on a roll.  Off I went again, this time a long weekend on Hawaiian island of Kauai.  For years I’ve had no problem flying from San Francisco to NYC for a quick weekend with the girls.  I don’t know why it never occurred to me to go the other direction. It turned out that this was a three day weekend with Presidents day so I decided to crash my mates holiday for three days.  Normally this would have been slightly costly to buy a ticket in under seven days, however I’ve been banking frequent flyer miles forever so it was time to cash some in.

it was a quick hour flight from Oakland to LA and then another 6 hours to Kauai. I arrived very late on Friday evening and outside of hotel lounges, it did not appear that Kauai had much of a nightlife.  So it was a quick welcome beer on a very dark beach and then off to bed.

For the next three days my mornings were filled with rooster wake-up calls followed by daily hikes (or two),waterfalls, botanical gardens and naps on the beach.  The mountains and gardens were lush and green, hikes at times were like Indiana Jones adventures as we trekked through mud and through intertwined branches and I was even lucky enough to see a few whales and sea turtles.  Thankfully my mate is quite the hiker/navigator and I had the luxury of just going along for the ride.  It gave me time to enjoy the views, meditate with my thoughts and enjoy just being there in the now.

After the third day, it was the red-eye back to Oakland and straight to work.  *sigh*  Gotta fund that travel habit.

 

IMG_3987 Kauai’s Hindu Monastery

 

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Limahuli Botanical Garden

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Kauai Blog gives a bit more information about those Kauai Roosters.

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Aqua Kauai Beach Resort

 Although the main building is dated and in need of finding a useful direction for its vacant spaces, the newly renovated guest rooms are very nice.  The pool deck is not large but it has a sweeping view across the lawn to the beach.  While I was there it was a peaceful and quite spot to read in the sun or watch the yoga class being conducted on the lawn.

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A couple of the many waterfalls of Kauai

 

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Mahalo, Kauai!

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Winter in South Lake Tahoe…..Sure wish we had snow.

Spent a wonderful long weekend in South Lake Tahoe with my camping group.  Of course, it’s winter so instead of tents we had 3 days at the beautiful Fjeldheim.  Even though we were a party of about 40 there was more than enough space for communal meals, hiking,  games, napping, and just enjoying each others company.

We ventured out to Lake Tahoe for a walk and it was invigorating to be there in winter when the campgrounds were empty and the lake alive with waves.

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We even took a jaunt to the other side of the Sierra into Nevada where we witnessed a huge sandstorm that took down trees and power lines.  It made for an amazing view of the desert.

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That incident caused us to detour and into  Genoa, Nevada, population 939,  which happened to be the first settlement in Nevada (you just know I love the educational aspects of my adventures). Also, where one finds the first settlement of Nevada means one finds the first BAR in Nevada.  It was pretty sweet, especially after my Christmas excursion through the state, I highly recommend Nevada for a road trip.

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Sadly, although my ski gear was in the car for this winter getaway, we were plagued with warm weather (oh no, not warm weather!) and occasional rain.  We did get a short spot of snow and that made for a lovely winter hike.  IMG_3813

 

See you soon, Shanghai!

I’ve been talking about the idea of Shaghai with Ben since last fall.  No particular reason other than it seemed to be a reoccurring theme in shows or things I’ve seen.  My gut felt like it needed to happen so I pulled the trigger, we’re doing it for our Spring Break adventure this Apirl.  Cannot wait!!!

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Aloha from Oahu?

I guess we all lost the bet on where I’d end up for the holiday, including myself.  It’s been a very odd turn of events the last 5 weeks and very derailing of the cafe life I strive for.  The details are not important but once in a while reality is a reminder to enjoy every opportunity everyday.  I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason and in the future, one can look back and be reminded that you would not be where you are without the previous life experiences…the good, the bad and the ugly.

So here I am…in Oahu, by myself.  It was not the plan nor was it in my intention to blog about this particular trip.  However, since I am here, I guess it’s a way to give a solo traveler point of view.  It is a very pretty little B&B Resort I am at and I get to drive the awesome Jeep I’ve always wanted yet impractical in my suburban mom life.

So, let me decompress at morning yoga, gather my thoughts and blog away…

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Holiday travel is such a pain…

Yes, I know it’s Christmas and all and millions of people are traveling….  However, when you have kids with limited vacation, sometimes it’s ones only option to escape.  Tossing around Florida where the positive is a visit with Mom and the negative is being subjected to the horror known as DisneyWorld.  I’d love to head to Switzerland but flight costs are making it quite extravagant for schlepping 2 kids along (will need to monitor for a few weeks).  All I know is I need to go…. Place your bets, anyone?

Vamos a la Barcelona!

Three more days and the sisters head back to Europe for two weeks!  I’ve prepped my Barcelona Blog so follow me along and see what I can get myself into!

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Maybe I’ll finally take the time and update this blog with my recent roadtrips…maybe :-P