H is for Homer (and Alaska)

A few years ago, we traveled to Alaska for a surprise 40th birthday party for one of our friends. I had never been to Alaska before, it had been on my list of places to visit for a long time. We had limited time, but we intended to make the most of it. We flew […]

G is for Graeagle

“It’s up in the mountains, a dot on a map, our adventures up here are always a little madcap.” – Mountain Girl, Rae Rankin I was introduced to Graeagle by my husband nearly 20 years ago when we started dating. His family had been vacationing in the area for years, our daughter makes four generations […]

F is for Florence

I bet you thought I was going to talk about Florence, Italy. But…I’m not. There is a beautiful spot on the Oregon coast that shares a name with the famous town in Italy. It’s a quaint small ocean town right next to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Most people know the area from the […]

E is for Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

About an hour west of Portland, Oregon is probably in the ranks of the best aviation museums in the country. The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum was founded in memory of Captain Michael Smith King to celebrate the innovation, history, and the pilots of aviation. Among the most famous planes on display is the Spruce […]

D is for Disneyland

I admit it, Disneyland and California Adventure, are some of my favorite places to visit. I call it my happy place. I was sad to hear they closed amid the current pandemic, but I have faith the doors will reopen and we will hear again the music that has defined several generations. I have been […]

C is for Carmel

The ocean is my happy place. I go a little stir crazy if I can’t get my toes in the ocean every so often. Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of the spots on the California coast I enjoy. My husband and I had reservations to go last week while our daughter was supposed to be on choir […]

B is for Bainbridge Island

When we moved to the Seattle area there was one place that topped my list of places I wanted to visit – Bainbridge Island. Over the years I had come across the island in the fiction I loved and it seemed like a magical place. The ferry ride alone is worth the adventure. It seems […]

A is for Apple Hill

I really enjoy visiting places that are in my own backyard. One of those spots is Apple Hill located about an hour east of Sacramento on Highway 50. For over 50 years, 50 local families have invited the public into the hills to their farms to enjoy days full of fun, from apple picking, touring […]