Day Trip to Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Explore California – Backyard Tourist

Looking for a day trip or road trip destination with breathtaking views and stunning scenery? Then look no further than an excursion on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway where you ascend two-and-one-half miles – aboard the world’s largest rotating tramcar – to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. During the approximately […]

California Candy Canes

Logan’s Candies – Ontario, California

Did you know there is a place in Ontario, California where you can find handmade candy canes and assorted candies year-round? I first learned about this place from a post on social media by Charles Phoenix a few years ago. The larger-than-life candy cane was what initially caught my eye. Then I saw the name […]

Celebrating the Holidays – San Diego Style!

Santa, Skating & More

When it’s record-breaking heat in San Diego and Southern California for Thanksgiving, getting into the winter holiday spirit can be a challenge for even the merriest of elves. Whether you are looking for festive ways to meet Santa or places to go ice skating by the sea, here are some ideas for Celebrating the Holidays […]

Celebrating Day of the Dead in Old Town San Diego

Dia de los Muertos is an Annual Tradition

Are you familiar with Day of the Dead? Also known as Dia de los Muertos, this long-standing Mexican tradition is two-day celebration held on November 1st and 2nd each year. It is a time to remember and joyously celebrate the dearly departed in a lively, festive way. Families create special altars to honor and remember […]

Turn Patent Art into Gifts, Décor, and More!

Inspired by U.S. Patent Art

Are you looking for a unique gift idea or an interesting focal point for your home or office décor? Patent art – especially older patents – looks great as framed art, on a t-shirt, or on a tote bag! Inspired by art from United States issued patents, there are several sites on the internet that […]

Closer Look at the Pumpkins of Main Street

Disneyland Details for Halloween Time

Halloween Time is here at the Disneyland Resort! For the past several years, Disneyland has been the main feature of the Halloween décor. New this year (2017), Disney California Adventure is also decorated for Halloween Time. Seeing the Happiest Place on Earth all decked out for Halloween is a highlight for many visitors. One of […]

How to Make Caramel Apple Spiced Cider

& Experiencing Autumn in San Diego, CA

Hello Fall! Are you ready for shorter days, cooler temperatures, and autumn colors? Living in southern California the change in seasons is often subtler than in other parts of the country. However, there are still ways to welcome autumn and celebrate the traditions of fall even in sunny San Diego. One of my favorite traditions […]

6 Tips & Top 6 Picks for an Adventure on Route 66

Route 66 Road Trip – Part 6

Route 66 has a way of enchanting its travelers. The historic route is also known as the Main Street of America. After you have traveled on it, you will most likely agree and understand this term of endearment. The charming atmosphere and welcoming vibe of the towns along its path. The character and appeal of […]

How Does Cars Land Compare to the Real Route 66?

Route 66 Road Trip – Part 5

“Won’t you get hip to this timely tip: When you make that California trip Get your kicks on Route Sixty-six.” (Route 66 song by Bobby Troup) Radiator Springs is a fictional town that was created by the team at Disney/Pixar for the 2006 Cars movie. After the success of the original Cars movie, the Disney […]

Sightseeing Texas’ Route 66 Stars

Route 66 Road Trip – Part 4

Fun Fact: Amarillo is the only town in Texas mentioned in the Route 66 song written by Bobby Troup in 1946. On our road trip from California to Kentucky, the next state we traveled through heading east was Texas. As you may recall from Part 1 of this Route 66 series, we followed Route 66 […]