Vietnam – Day 2 – Saigon – Friends & Family

Upon our arrival to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)/Saigon, we found customs to be a breeze.  This was the case as we obtained Vietnam Visas in advance while in the U.S. from a travel agency.  If you're in the market for one and are located in Southern California, visit Cali Travel & Services. Personally, I find hot weather to be

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Vietnam – Day 1 – Two Days of Travel

After months of anticipation, the trip is finally upon us.  As excited as we are about being in Vietnam, I can't say I feel the same way about more than 23 hours of travel with layovers.  The good news is Cat has a Priority Pass that allows us access into the airport lounges, so we can get snacks and cocktails,

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Vietnam – Homecoming Introduction

My parents emigrated to the United States in the early 1980s after the fall of Saigon to the communist North.  Through treacherous circumstances as "boat people" refugees, they made their way to Southern California.  A Vietnamese community in a diaspora made this foreign land home, and it was even christened Little Saigon in honor of the former capital of South

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The Holidays in the Nevada Desert

Growing up in Nevada I can remember traveling through the state for all kinds of reasons.  From going to visit my grandma in Fallon, to playing in the All State band in Elko and Ely, I have been all over the state and seen all kinds of tiny towns that each has its own strange charm.  I've told Cat about

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A Day of Sin

Oh how we love our day trips.  When we found an opportunity to go to Vegas, my hometown, we couldn't resist.  We brought along a new member of the team and an experienced Day Tripper.  As you can see, our flight out of Long Beach left before the sun came up.  We flew JetBlue roudtrip for $76.40 per person including

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Uni, a Giant Garden, and Wine – Cat’s 30th

We like to go big for Cat's birthdays, and this year is a big one.  To start the festivities, we rented a car and drove up the coast.  Earlier in the year we had purchased a deal for an "Own Your Own Napa Vineyard" experience.  You get 2 grape vines that will eventually become Syrah.  More importantly, you are invited

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Glamping in Sequoia

We enjoyed our Sequoia camping trip so much last year that we decided to do it again with the same crew!  As some of us are not considered "outdoorsy", we took a different approach.  We brought along the amenities of a gourmet restaurant and the comfort of our living rooms.  With our chef on hand plus Rich's outdoor movie theater,

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Palm Springs

With the exception of Coachella five years ago, we had not spent much time in Palm Springs.  It seemed due time with it being only two hours away from Los Angeles.  We packed our swimsuits and hit the road to escape the city traffic.  The drive itself was interesting as we passed by windmills and dinosaurs.  This California dessert is a

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