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Fun Southern California Beaches: The Best Beaches of LA & Orange County

Another winter storm here in the Boston area has me dreaming of the beaches I was once able to visit on a daily basis in Southern California! Southern California is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. I love the fact that the beaches are so versatile – relaxation, exercise, […]

My Favorite Hiking Spots

I have come up with a few of my favorite hiking spots for  those of you looking to do some hiking this spring. I love hiking because in addition to being great exercise, it allows you to actually surround yourself with nature as opposed to just driving past it. Hiking is a great way to […]

Where to Travel for Spring Break: A Few of My Favorite Destinations

Are you planning a spring getaway? You could travel to a popular warm weather hotspots or you could visit a quieter natural destination for more peace and relaxation. I have come up with a few ideas for great spring trips, based on my own experiences in each of the areas. If you are looking to […]

National Parks Worth Visiting…3 of My Favorites!

I love visiting National Parks…the nature, the quietness, the limitless opportunities for exercise and adventure. Taking a vacation to a national park area often leads to the best photographs and memories. I have visited plenty of parks over the years. Check out a few of my favorites so far… 1. Redwood National Parks (California) – […]

Jackson Hole Wyoming: The National Elk Refuge, Grand Tetons, & a Moose Sighting!

Jackson, Wyoming is a beautiful small Western town most famous for its’ world class ski resorts. However, it is also a popular destination with outdoor enthusiasts due to its’ close proximity to beautiful national parks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Another popular tourist attraction in the area is the National Elk Refuge. We decided to take […]

Reno, Nevada & the Grand Sierra Resort: A Perfect Thanksgiving Getaway!

For Thanksgiving this year, Mike and I decided to make the 9 hour trip from Idaho Falls, Idaho to Reno, Nevada. Several years ago, when we lived in Nevada, our favorite weekend destination was the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno. This resort has a classy, laidback ambiance which sets it apart from the […]

An afternoon in Salt Lake City

This Saturday, we took a day trip to Salt Lake City from Idaho Falls. The drive to get there was a long and boring 3 hours of barren desert scenery, although when we finally arrived, we agreed that Salt Lake City is a gorgeous city. The mountain surrounding the city are spectacular. As we normally […]

Idaho Falls: The Gateway to Yellowstone

Idaho Falls, the largest city in Southeastern Idaho, is nicknamed “the gateway to Yellowstone,” due to its’ close proximity to America’s First National Park. Asides from being super close to Yellowstone, as well as the Grand Tetons and several other natural wonders, the town also offers a number of its’ own amenities, making it the […]