Sunny California

Made it to another travel post and this time I am featuring my last trip to Southern California. California is PACKED with things to do and see but I challenge you to get out and explore places that aren’t amusement parks or tinsel town. You might find something that draws you back again. Here are the top 5 from my last trip.

  1. Nick’s Deli II
  2. Huntington Beach
  3. Mercado Santa Monica
  4. Long Beach
  5. Chronic Tacos
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Up North

A couple of weeks ago I headed up to Northern Idaho to visit a friend. Most of you know that I have gotten to know the state of Idaho very well during my lifetime but I had never explored Northern Idaho until now and it has created a need to go back and do more exploring.

Here are 5 things to do when you are up that direction.

  1. Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
  2. Snake RiverĀ 
  3. Pullman, WA
  4. Moscow, ID
  5. Lewiston, ID

The Bright Spot in the Desert

Vegas . . .when you say that it conjures up images of casinos, clubs and gambling. For a good reason . . .those things are aplenty in this desert town but there is a normal life that goes on off the Strip.

I was in Vegas recently for work and while I did stay on the Strip and enjoyed the entertainment of it; I was also lucky enough to have friends that took me away and offered me the enjoyment of the area in general.

Here are 5 things that I enjoy in Las Vegas. Have you spent time there? What do you enjoy?

  1. Armagosa Trail
  2. Springs Preserve
  3. Valley of Fire
  4. Hoover Dam
  5. Green Valley Ranch

Somewhere on the Map

So I have a world map in my room in between my bed and my closet. I see it every night before I go to bed and I see it every time I open my closet. It is a reminder to myself that is a lot of ground I want to cover before I die . . .the reminder to travel often.

When I was young girl we used to get National Geographic Magazines in the mail and 25% of the books on the shelves were NatlGeo Books. I grew up pouring over the maps similar to the one that hangs on my wall. It always gave me two things–beautiful pictures and places to dream about.

Just a few days ago I was staring at my map again–wondering what some places must be like and if fate made the choice–where would I go next. Just like that I decided to close my eyes and see where my finger pointed me toward next.

Below are 5 places that I have been pointed toward and a National Geographic article to get the ideas flowing about the country I seem destined to visit.

Where would you like to go?

  1. Tanzania

  2. Ecuador

  3. Myanmar (Burma)

  4. Bosnia and Herzegovina

  5. Brazil