Amateurs at the Wineries

(More catching up from October 2017) It’s good we planned to splurge a little on our first California winery trip. Thrifty, savvy and sophisticated were not attributes we possessed, but we certainly had fun! We planned to visit just a few wineries and consulted with the leader of our wine tasting group about where to… Continue reading Amateurs at the Wineries

A Salvaged West Coast Adventure

October 2017 – our tickets were bought a month beforehand to visit Napa and Sonoma, California, but the devastating wild fires, still uncontrolled at the time, caused us to rethink our destination. Friends and family gave us great advice on visiting the Monterey and Carmel area. We could not have asked for a more beautiful… Continue reading A Salvaged West Coast Adventure

Not Your Ordinary Cookie-Cutter Diner

You never know what surprises you’ll find while traveling. On our meandering trip to Colorado, we stopped for the night in McCook, Nebraska, approximate population of 7,600. Rather than eat the hotel breakfast, we asked for directions to a local diner that the locals were most likely to frequent. The answer was Fuller’s Family Restaurant… Continue reading Not Your Ordinary Cookie-Cutter Diner

Side Trip to Oz

On many trips via I-70 between north eastern Kansas and Colorado, we’ve passed billboards advertising the Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas. Since our upcoming trip to Colorado had plenty of extra time built into the schedule for meandering, we decided to take a side trip to Oz. Wamego sits at the intersection of US Hwy… Continue reading Side Trip to Oz

Red Rock in Sedona, AZ

Two nights in Sedona, Arizona, was perfect for relaxing and soaking in the scenery. The main drag in downtown Sedona definitely caters to tourists, with a fairly wide gap between very high-end jewelry, art and clothing boutiques and the typical tourist-kitsch stores. Our primary focus was enjoyment of the fresh air, sunshine and breathtaking scenery,… Continue reading Red Rock in Sedona, AZ

Musical Instrument Museum – Phoenix, AZ

A few hours was not enough time to truly appreciate and absorb all that the Musical Instrument Museum had to offer, but we made a valiant effort to see and soak in as much as we possibly could. Since we had very little information about the museum before we arrived, we were overwhelmed by the… Continue reading Musical Instrument Museum – Phoenix, AZ

Royal Treatment in Surprise, AZ

Surprise, AZ, on the far western edge of the Phoenix metro area, is the Royals’ Spring Training home. Intimate – pretty – welcoming – and focused on baseball. You get to see the new prospects try out their stuff and watch the seasoned veterans fine-tune their moves. What you don’t get is the loud, constant… Continue reading Royal Treatment in Surprise, AZ

Desert Botanical Garden – Phoenix, AZ

The Desert Towers glass sculpture by artist Dale Chahuly greets you at the entrance to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. We arrived in the early afternoon, but not early enough to avoid the heat – even in March. With plenty of water to keep us hydrated, we strolled from one shady spot to another… Continue reading Desert Botanical Garden – Phoenix, AZ