Picture of the day ~ Flash back to Cabo San Lucas in 1998

“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.” ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Cabo San Lucas, circa 1998

Cabo San Lucas, circa 1998

Cabo San Lucas, aka “Cabo” is one of the top five tourist destinations in Mexico.  Located on the tip of the 800 mile long Baja peninsula, it is known for the beautiful beaches and water activities including sport fishing, scuba diving and marine life.

Back in 1998 it was more of a sleepy village, just starting to come alive with a sudden burst of condominiums and an influx of tourism. Today it is heavily populated with time share units and a favorite cruise line stop.

Here are a few things you might or might not know about this destination: Continue reading

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Picture of the Day ~ Alaska meadow

A meadow in Alaska

A meadow in Alaska

In the fall of 1998 we took our then nine-year-old son, Dane, on his first cruise. Tim and I had been booked for several months, along with our parents, and another uncle.  It was a last-minute decision to take him, and an Inland Passage to Alaska might not have been a first choice for most people to take a grade school student. Continue reading

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Taking a pig to a wedding in Guatemala

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Iglesia El Calvario (Calvary Church)

Now that the BIG TRIP is behind us, what is next on the horizon?

We have several plans in the works, starting with a trip to Guatemala at the end of November to attend a wedding. We first met Curtis and Augusta in early 2007 when they so graciously opened their home in Panajachel for those of us volunteering with Miracles in Action. I remember commenting that I would love to be able to have a fraction of the skills that Augusta has in being the supreme hostess.  Continue reading

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Liebster Award ~ Its not an Oscar, but it feels like it to me

Liebster Award

Have you ever heard of a Liebster Award? Well I had not until I entered into the blogging world. It is seen as a right-of-passage where you are recognized by your fellow bloggers for producing a body of work that someone else has noticed.

It’s a bit of an “atta-boy” (or girl), a “let’s get acquainted” and a “help each other get the word out about our blog” award.  Continue reading

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Recap – A trip around the world in pictures

Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Triglav National Park, Slovenia

On March 13th, we flew out of Los Angeles, with a change of planes in Beijing, which brought us to New Delhi, India. This was the starting point for our seven month around-the-world dream trip.

Picking out a favorite or meaningful picture for each of the 29 countries* we stopped in is a labor of love, a fun walk down memory lane, as well as a daunting project sorting through thousands of pictures.

I hope you enjoy seeing what I chose: Continue reading

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A not so random act of kindness

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It is autumn in the mountains

A  pot of home-made split pea soup is simmering on the stove, a second load of laundry is in the dryer, the bed is made, dishes washed, and I am now caught up on my favorite soap, “The Young and the Restless”. Life is returning to my “old normal”.  Continue reading

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Arriving back in Southern California

Tuesday, October 14th ~ We are back home, (almost)

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Last Friday we were up and on the road early, determined to make it back to Southern California before the end of the day. We traveled through southern Utah, cut the corner off of Arizona, counted the cactus across Nevada, waved at Las Vegas, and fought the traffic as we got closer and closer to Los Angeles.  Continue reading

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