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Rankin Guest Ranch: Old Fashioned Family Fun


I look forward to Spring Break each year because it’s time to for a road trip with my son, Roland. This year the planning started with the goal of visiting Yosemite, which is about eight hours from from where we live in San Diego. While I don’t mind a few long days in the car, I wanted to break up our drive home. Our final trip consisted of visiting Yosemite,… Read More

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Hotel Review: Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel


A 6:30am flight departure is never easy. Make it an international departure from an airport that is 2 hours away without traffic and it becomes a dilemma. That is exactly what I was facing for a recent trip to Cebu, Philippines. I live in San Diego and needed to arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 4am. There is nothing appealing about arriving at the airport at 4am…. Read More

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A Perfect Day at Ensenada’s Hotel Coral & Marina


I love Mexico. It is one of my favorite places in the world. It might be because of a road trip with my grandparents when I was 10 years old. We drove from Southern California to Cabo San Lucas and then back to La Paz, where we took the ferry across the Sea of Cortez to Mazatlan. We then drove back mainland staying in fishing villages and small towns along… Read More

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52 Reasons to Visit Macau


1. Try your luck out by gambling at the Venetian, MGM Grand, Sands Casino, and many other enormous and fun gambling venues offering poker, slot machines, video gambling, blackjack, baccarat, and every other game imaginable. Macau is not called the “Las Vegas of the East” for nothing. Even most small hotels have machines and tables available for playing at any time of day. 2. Visit the Canidrome, the only greyhound… Read More

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Susanna’s – Rosarito – Restaurant Review


After spending the morning exploring Las Playas de Tijuana with a few friends, we headed about 20 minutes south to Rosarito Beach for lunch. It’s been years since I’ve visited the seaside town once known as the spot for a wild spring break. My memories of Rosarito include some wild spring break adventures during my days at San Diego State. Additional memories of Rosarito are from when I lived in… Read More

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Malva – Valle de Guadalupe – Restaurant Review

Malva Restaurant in Valle de Gudalupe

If you take a look at Malva’s twitter page and website you will see …… Cocina hecha con ingredientes de la tierra Baja Californiana de la mano de nuestro Chef Roberto Alcocer. Cocina de Baja California por @alcocerroberto, criamos nuestros borregos, cuidamos nuestra huerta y huerto, cocinamos en asador y horno de lena. Translated to english this means:  Cooking made ​​with ingredients from the earth of Baja Californian hand of our Chef… Read More

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Wine Therapy While Exploring Valle de Guadalupe and Ensenada

We crossed the international border from San Diego to Tijuana and chose to drive the toll road (highway Mex1D) for our less than two hour drive to Valle de Guadalupe. The toll road parallels the free road (Mex 1) and is a faster drive but still gives you the same views of the ocean and the picturesque towns. An easy 80 mile drive south, at mile 63 turn left onto… Read More

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Roland’s Trip to Yosemite

Merced River in Wawona inside Yosemite National Park.

Question: Why is Yosemite Worth a Visit? It’s such a natural beautiful place carved out of canyons. There is beautiful wildlife and you get to do amazing hikes. The wildlife I actually saw was coyote and got about four feet away from a deer and about 10 feet away from a wild turkey. I actually tried to catch the turkey but I couldn’t. There are also mountain lions and beers… Read More

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Warner Bros VIP Tour, The Best Hot Dog in Burbank and Where to Meet George Clooney

Warner Bros Studio Museum "Batman Exhibit'.

I have a confession. I’m a huge Pretty Little Liars fan. I’m not sure their target demographic, but I’m pretty sure it’s closer to a high school girl than a 40-something mom. That didn’t stop me from binge watching the first two seasons when I found it a few years ago. It also didn’t stop me from continuing to watch the show each new season! I’m sure Aria, Emily, Hanna,… Read More

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