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Heading to Northern Arizona

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

I’m looking forward to escaping the desert heat…I’m heading north to the high country of Arizona where I’ll be filming a video and taking some photos for a resort in the Williams area. Hiking, biking, horseback riding and gastronomic treats are all on the agenda.

2014 4th of July

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

I rarely get a chance to travel in which it’s not work related, but this fourth of July was all about personal fun. My girlfriend Terri and I headed to San Diego for some fun-in-the-sun, and, to escape the triple digit heat of the desert Southwest. We stayed at my sister Susanne’s beautiful home on Mt. Helix, which is east of the city of San Diego. My sister and brother-in-law totally pampered us, cooking breakfast each morning along with dinner a couple of the nights we were there. One day we spent the entire day out by the pool with mojitos and had swordfish tacos in hand.

One day we drove to Coronado Island and rented a couple of beach cruisers and spent the day exploring the island, including driving along the expansive beach. We stopped for lunch at Peoche’s, which has an outdoor patio overlooking the San Diego Harbor…here we enjoyed a Crab Stack and some fish tacos before continuing our exploration of the island.

That evening we headed east to Jamul where we laid out on the grass at Steele Canyon Golf Course and watched a wonderful firework show nearly right in front of us. There was music, food and amusement…a wonderful venue and activities to get us revved up for the 4th the next day.

For the Fourth, we drove to Orange County where I know of a secret beach in which three firework shows can be seen. I know, I know, “secret beach?” Yes, there is in fact a secret public beach in SoCal that few know about. We spent the day lounging on the beach, playing in the water and just relaxing. We had a pretty large buffer from the next closest people to us, and, as the sun set, there were even fewer people around for the fireworks. It was simply a fantastic day and one that my girlfriend and I will never forget.

Tell me what you did for the 4th of July this year? Please post a comment below.

Gastronomic weekend…

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

I’m currently on a culinary tour of Scottsdale, Arizona. This past weekend I got to take my girlfriend and a couple friends to two sensational restaurants, both at top-notch Scottsdale resorts. Friday night we went to “Elements,” which is located at the Sanctuary Resort at the base of the famed Camelback Mountain, near Echo Canyon Park.  The fantastic cuisine was matched only by the outstanding views. Full review coming soon.

On Saturday night, we headed toward North Scottsdale to the Pinnacle Peak area where we dined at the Four Seasons Talavera Steakhouse. At Talavera you feel the memories from Scottsdale’s frontier days, with its vibrant Southwestern décor woven throughout. The textures, materials and colors are a cornucopia of design elements…rustic, yet highly refined in its Southwestern style. The views of the city lights and the culinary concoctions are simply sensation. Full review coming soon.

Today is Father’s Day and it will be a tough one for me…as many of you know, I recently lost my father to a battle with lung cancer. This will be my first “Father’s Day” without him.  Before he passed, I wrote him this, click here to read. As I try and move forward, I will enjoy this day with my beloved girlfriend Terri, and, her mother and step-father for one more culinary adventure this weekend. I’ll conclude the weekend and this Father’s Day with own step-father (a wonderful man who has always been there for me) and my mother. I hope you will cherish this Father’s Day with your own dad, and know, that tomorrow may never come.

Having a great time in Tucson at Blue Agave

Friday, May 30th, 2014

I’ve been having a fantastic time here in Tucson staying at the Blue Agave Bed and Breakfast for the past few days filming a video. I’ve made some new friends, while also having an opportunity to visit with some old and dear friends of mine (Sean and Jeff).

From northern, to southern Arizona

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

I just spent four amazing days in northern Arizona in the Page/Lake Powell area, now I’m heading south to Tucson, AZ to film a video for a B&B called, Blue Agave. Not only does the Blue Agave look amazing, but I can’t wait to meet the innkeepers as they sound like very interesting from their website bio. The wife is an artist, and the husband is a professor emeritus from the University of Arizona and is an  internationally-known planetary scientist, having developed several instruments for the 2008 space mission to Mars.

I also have several friends who live in Tucson whom I’ve not seen in some time, so we’re all getting together for dinner one evening. Should be a great time!

Having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

My girlfriend Terri and I are having a great time in northern Arizona over this Memorial Day weekend, 2014. Here are just a few pics thus far.

Upper Antelope Canyon

Our Page/Lake Powell campsite

Lake Powell marina

Colorado River at Lee's Ferry

Navajo structure

Hangin' in our ENO Hammock near the Grand Canyon

At the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Heading to Lake Powell and beyond…

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

My girlfriend Terri and I are heading to northern Arizona this week to visit Page, Lake Powell and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, all places that she has never seen before. The Lake Powell region is one of my favorite places in the state of Arizona, it’s landscape and plethora of activities are a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.

Have you ever been to Page/Lake Powell? If so, leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite activity is.

Taking Mom out for Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

As a travel blogger on the road most of the time, it’s been years since I have been in Arizona during Mother’s Day (where my parents live)—so, this year, I wanted to make it special for Mom. I took the folks and my girlfriend to brunch at a Phoenix area landmark, the Wigwam Resort.

Sensational Seattle skyline

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Seattle certainly has an iconic structure that makes its skyline so recognizable…the Space Needle. And, in the opposite direction, the magnificent Mount Rainier. On a clear, late spring day, Mount Rainier looks just huge, yet it’s nearly 100 miles away.

Sun breaks through Seattle skies

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

There has been a lot of cloud and rain the past couple of days here in Seattle, but now it looks pretty nice out. My cousin Nick and I walked around Seward Park, along Lake Washington today.