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Trip to the Coast

I bought a new MINI so I used it as an excuse along with the really nice Spring weather to go for a drive along the coast. I made may way out to Half Moon Bay and then headed south for a bit before turning around and going north up into San Francisco. Before heading back home I drove up to Twin Peaks in San Francisco to take in the view. The viewing area provides a 360 degree view of […]

Hockey, Hockey and More Hockey!

I left the house at 5:00am to catch a flight from Sacramento to Buffalo, NY. As is typical with Southwest Airlines I got a tour of the country enroute to Buffalo. We made a quick stop in Burbank and then another stop in Phoenix before finally heading east. The flight was uneventful, but it was a long day of traveling. I finally made it to Buffalo around 7:00pm. I had a rental car waiting for me so I could finish […]

Quick Trip to the Snow

I decided today was a good day for a change of scenery. Things here in Stockton have been gray and dreary for a few weeks now and I needed something to change the mood. We’re in between storms so I took advantage of the break to head up to may favorite area up in the Sierras. I drove up Highway 88 towards Kirkwood and Caples Lake. The elevation at the summit is just over 8,000 feet so I knew there […]

Fall in the Sierras

Yesterday I went on a long drive to see if I could find some Fall colors here in California. I’ve been back in New England this time of year and it’s very impressive. I figured there has to be parts of California that can display that same variety of color. I’d been doing some research online and found a site that wrote daily updates for Plumas County’s colors. The information seemed to indicate that the colors were peaking so that’s […]

Panorama Trail – Yosemite National Park

This past Saturday I met up with a high school friend of mine at Yosemite National Park for a hike on the Panorama Trail. I left the house at the ungodly time of 3:45am to make the 3 hour drive so we could meet at 7:00am. I arrived about 6:30am just as the sun was starting to come up from behind the valley. We were meeting at the Tunnel View area so I had a nice vantage point to see […]

San Francisco – 2010

Sunday was our last full day with the girls so we decided to take them back into San Francisco to see some things they missed when they all came together on a field trip a couple of weeks ago. We left the house at 7:30am in order to get to the Presidio by 10:00am with a stop on Treasure Island along the way. When we crossed over the hill from the Valley we noticed the temperature dropped about 15 degrees […]

Universal Studios Hollywood

We woke up around 7:30am so we could have breakfast at the hotel before heading out to Universal Studios Hollywood. When we arrived at the park there didn’t seem to be much of a crowd. Little did we know it would be the complete opposite later on. Our first stop was the Back Lot Tour. This normally gets very crowded so it seemed like a good idea. We only had to wait about 20 minutes in line so it wasn’t […]


We arrived at Disneyland at 8:00am when the park opened and were surprised at how few people there were. Usually there’s a long line to buy tickets and an even longer line to enter the park. This time there was none of that. Maybe everyone was sleeping in after being up late the night before? Haruka and Fumika have been to the Tokyo Disneyland so this wasn’t a completely new experience for them. There were quite a few differences, though, […]

Monterey Bay Aquarium – 2010

Today we took Haruka and Fumika to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Despite the large crowds they really enjoyed looking at all of the exhibits and getting to touch some of the tide pool creatures. Another favorite of theirs was the penguin and sea turtle displays. After spending a few hours at the aquarium we drove down to Fisherman’s Wharf for lunch. After confirming that they liked the clam chowder samples we found a restaurant with a table near a window […]

Yosemite National Park

This morning we headed up to Yosemite National Park to show the girls one of the many scenic wonders we’re fortunate to have in our backyard. We left at 8:00am and made good time getting up to the park, but spent an hour driving the last two miles getting to the gate. We didn’t have a choice, but you should try to avoid going to Yosemite on a weekend in the middle of summer. Once we got into the park […]