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[Sonoma, CA, Apr 21, 2019] On Sunday, we had a few hours to kill before our flight back to LA that afternoon. First, we went to breakfast at the riverfront. Napa...

[Napa, CA, Apr 20, 2019] My first and only trip to Napa was in 2013 when I visited the region with my parents. They had come to LA so see me...

[Big Sur, CA, Apr 19, 2019] I came back from my conference on April 18th and turned right back around to head to the famous wine-growing region of Napa for B’s...

[Death Valley National Park, Mar 31, 2019] This time, we intentionally set our alarm for 6 am. We both enjoyed the cooler temps and fewer crowds the early hours afforded us,...

[Death Valley National Park, CA, Mar 30, 2019] We tried to sleep in on our first morning in Death Valley, but the alarm clock in our hotel room had somehow gotten...

[Lone Pine, CA / Furnace Creek, CA, Mar 29, 2019] Death valley is one of those parks I’d heard about even as a kid in Bulgaria. The mere mention of its...

[Channels Islands National Park – Anacapa Island, March 29, 2018]  The five islands that make up Channel Islands national park sit just off the coast of Ventura, CA. They had been...

[San Francisco, CA] It is hard to believe it is our last day in SF! How quickly it all went by, yet how long ago some of our experiences seem! It...

San Francisco, CA We didn’t get too many attractions in today, but the ones we did see were quintessential San Francisco – Alcatraz and Coit Tower. We started our day with...

[San Francisco, CA] The castle winery that captured our imagination the day before did not disappoint. It was a bona-fide 13th century Tuscan castle complete with drawbridges, towers and a moat!...