Roughing it in Sequoia

The title is ironic.  There is nothing about this trip that was roughing it.  Between Jenn's gourmet menu, Paul's delicious French Press coffe, Chris and Amy's hammock and overall outdoor experience, and our portable movie setup, there wasn't much left to want for.  It was like moving a living room outdoors! We had a great time with friends camping in Sequoia

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A Birthday Jump

For my birthday this year Cat, overcoming her own fears, took me skydiving.  This is one of my bucket list things, and it was exactly as amazing as I expected.  The views were fantastic over Camarillo from the windows in the tiny plane.  All around were farmlands with a strip of ocean view to the west.  And once we were

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Life in Death Valley

As Cat mentioned in her last post, her New Year's Resolution was traveling somewhere once a month.  So on the heels of our trip to Washington, D.C. we packed up the car (and Chris and Amy), and headed out to my Mom's house in Pahrump.  What's in Pahrump you ask?  Nothing.  But it's close to Death Valley, and this year

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Crushing the Capital/A Day in D.C.

With Cat's resolution of monthly travel, and cheap flights abound, we packed our day bags and took off for our nation's capital; Washington, D.C.  Along with Chris and Amy, who have become our trusted travel partners, Cat and I boarded our Spirit Airlines flight on Friday night at 11pm.  Spirit Airlines is notoriously late, and this was no exception, but

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One Day in the Bay

fishingboats

Cheap airline tickets just keep coming.  With Chicago being such a success, we decided to take another 1 day trip.  This time we brought some more friends along.  Since we've all been to San Francisco before, we didn't worry as much about seeing the sites.  This trip was purely for food.   We were all a little tired when we

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Christmas Crafts 2015

For the second year in a row Cat and I (mostly Cat) are making small gifts for our friends and family to enjoy throughout the year. Last year it was Cajun spice and soup in a jar, and this year Cat has painstakingly crafted homemade Blackberry Vanilla Bourbon Jam.   Unlike last year, I was unable to come up with

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Blowing Through the Windy City

We found tickets to Chicago that were too cheap to pass up.  With our wedding and honeymoon travel being this year, days off are pretty tight, so we decided to do everything we could in one day.  As you can see, we managed to squeeze in a lot! Our flight left from LAX at 12:35am on 10/17.  We landed at

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Day 18: Venice

It's exactly what we've been waiting for...a relaxing few days in Venice to end our trip.  This city is even more beautiful than you imagine when you see pictures.  Every tiny alley has an amazing old world feel, and the waterways, with the city lights reflecting, make for very romantic strolls.  They also lead to being constantly lost! We hadn't

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Day 15: Florence

The original bars!  These were windows in the sides of buildings in Florence where farmers and wine makers could sell their goods directly to consumers. The first church in the city of Florence. Cooking class begins!  First stop is the fruit and vegetable market to pick up tomatoes and basil. Next we went to San Lorenzo market for meat. Porcini mushrooms

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Day 14: Rome to Florence

Today was another travel day.  The days are blurring together and the trip is starting to take its toll.  We are loving this amazing vacation, but we had to relax today. Breakfast before the train to Florence. Our hotel in Rome.  It was very nice and so far everyone in Italy has been friendly and helpful. The view from the

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