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California

On the Road Again

After five months in and around San Diego we are on our way back to the boat in Washington. We wanted to drive along the coast on Highway One but it’s closed due to recent storms. Interstate 5 through California is the most boring drive – ever, so we decided to go east of the Sierras. March is the perfect time to visit Death Valley as it’s not too hot or too cold. Day time temps were in the 70’s and even the evenings were very comfortable.With another winter storm approaching we decided it would be better to head to the coast....
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Rose Valley Falls

We have had a lot of rain here in Southern California, so last weekend we headed up to Rose Valley Falls in Ventura County to see if it was flowing yet. It is amazing to see how green everything is getting after the long drought. We are back in San Diego after spending two months in Ventura helping my dad produce the newest episode of Travel Secrets. You can watch all the episodes for free, including the newest Ventura show, here: http://www.travelsecretstv.com/episodes/. Or watch them on TV every Saturday at 9pm PT.  View of the ocean and the Channel Islands 

Another Fun and Easy Holiday Gift Idea

What’s better than a homemade gift? Being able to go to the beach to collect rocks for the home-made gift in — December! We collected about half a 5-gallon bucket full of small beach rocks to make five of these early spring blooms. Fill a shallow vase 1/4 full of beach rocks (we used a variety of vases) Place a variety of flower bulbs into the rocks (we used Paperwhites, tulips and muscari) Add enough water to touch the bottom of the bulbs Place indoors near a warm, bright window Check water daily Enjoy an early spring!   

From the Interstate to the San Juan Islands

After three weeks in sunny San Diego it was time to head back to the boat…. One of the reasons we made the trip to San Diego was to pick up our cargo trailer full of boat and household stuff.  We took full advantage of having access to a garage to go through all of our things and re-organize. When we sold Camille we didn’t have much time or space and pretty much just tossed everything into the trailer. We had planned on renting a truck to haul our trailer to Washington but Mike’s parents offered to tow it for us in their own car. (Thank you!!) After...
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Road Trip!

After finally getting out of the boatyard (after 30 days…. we had planned on 3 days) we needed a little vacation from the boat. So we found a covered slip, got her all tucked in and hightailed it to San Diego in our mini van to visit with friends and family. Pulling thru Portlandia we gave a little wave to our old cubicles. Made it to California! Good to see so much snow on Mount Shasta. 750 miles to go… Driving down the I-5 corridor thru the San Joaquin Valley must be one of the most boring drives ever, but this sunset helped. Finally made...
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(Mini) Van Life

Before buying a new car we thought long and hard about what to get. We’d been without a car for nearly two years while living on our boat in Mexico so it was a big decision. We like to go on long road trips but hotels every night are out of the question. We wanted a car we could sleep in comfortably, but it also had to have good gas mileage and space for toys like our SUP and inflatable kayak. Our old 4Runnner had just enough space to sleep in but we couldn’t even sit up in bed and...
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