Taste of Universal

April 11, 2021 We went to Universal Studios Hollywood for their Taste of Universal event on April 11, 2021.  The State of California had just announced a lifting of restrictions for theme parks, but we attended before this went into effect.  We attended with my “adopted” family, and it was the first time I had

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Downtown San Jose, California

August 2021 We came to San Jose, California to attend our first convention in over a year.  I do love attending conventions at the San Jose Convention Center as it’s so close to some great restaurants, hotels, and entertainment venues.  I hope to have time someday to visit the museums in the area, too.  It

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Hidden Gems: Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve

I recently visited the Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve on Saturday, April 24, 2021.  I had only discovered this hidden gem via the Wizards Unite (Harry Potter) game while I was waiting in the Jack-in-the-Box drive thru on the other side of the wall.  The Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve is only open to the public every

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Roadtripping: The Extraterrestrial Highway

Extraterrestrial Highway Highway 375, Nevada April 2, 2021 We spent a few days in Las Vegas to get out of Los Angeles for a bit.  Our purpose was to do some exploring outside of the Las Vegas environs.  We also did a hike on the Historic Railroad Trail near the Lake Mead Recreation Area in

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Historic Railroad Trail and Hoover Dam

 Historic Railroad Trail and the Hoover Dam Boulder City, Nevada March 31, 2021    The plan was to head to the Lake Mead Recreation Area in Boulder City, Nevada on Wednesday and drive the Extraterrestrial Highway on Thursday.  I wanted to get to Lake Mead around 9am which is when the visitor center opens.  We

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