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From Pasadena, California: The 131st Tournament of Roses

It doesn’t get much more Pasadena, California than enjoying the Tournament of Roses parade on a brisk, sunny New Year’s Day. To kick off the new year and new decade, we headed up the road to Colorado Boulevard dark and early for the parade. This year’s theme was “The Power of Hope,” and we saw […]

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Bryce Canyon National Park

This post will be another hike up memory lane, inspired by an article I saw on Facebook about the most beautiful national parks to visit in winter.  Bryce Canyon National Park was of course on the list, with photos of snow-covered hoodoos and bright blue skies. We visited in summer a few years ago, and… Continue reading Bryce Canyon National Park

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Descanso Gardens

Los Angeles County is home to many lovely parks and green spaces. One such place that I would recommend to anyone, whether local or visitor is Descanso Gardens, located in La Canada-Flintridge off Interstate 210, west of Pasadena. Described as "an urban retreat 20 minutes from downtown Los Angeles," the gardens boast 150 acres of… Continue reading Descanso Gardens

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Yosemite National Park

Just two weeks ago, the girls and I took a trip up to Yosemite while the boys were on their Sierra backpacking trip. It was the first visit for Sami and a second for Emily and myself. We spent two days at the park, and while a beautiful time, it wasn't nearly enough time to… Continue reading Yosemite National Park

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Chicago Art, Culture, and Fun

Welcome to my final post in my Chicago! series 2019. There is no shortage of amusements when staying in the Windy City, and I'll share just a few of the ones we were able to do in our five-day adventure. Chicago River Architecture tours- multiple vendors, $31 and up- A great way to hear about… Continue reading Chicago Art, Culture, and Fun