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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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Into the Valley

"It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter." - John Muir There are few things in life that have had the power to bring me to tears on first sight; those special and sacred moments have generally been reserved for the births of my… Continue reading Into the Valley

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Follow Me to Tuolumne

One of my favorite areas of Yosemite National Park is Tuolumne Meadows. It is less visited than the Valley but is a jewel along Highway 120. This alpine meadow at 8600 feet above sea level in the High Sierra is a place wide open and green, with views of the mighty Sierras, and calming to… Continue reading Follow Me to Tuolumne

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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