Año Nuevo State Park, Pescadero, CA


Inspired by AAA’s Top Beach Towns for Summer article in the most recent issue of VIA Magazine, I headed out to Pescadero for the first time. I first stopped at Arcangeli Grocery Co.. The original plan was to picnic at Año Nuevo State Park; however, since it was already close to lunch, we ate at [...]

Washington Monument, Washington DC


The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. is a marvelous sight. Visible on arrival to Reagan National Airport, the monument greets visitors arriving at the nation’s capitol. At night, the monument is well lit. In the early morning, I was able to catch the sun’s rays lighting up the side of the Washington Monument. Walking around [...]

Giant Panda at the National Zoo


The National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. offers visitors an encounter with rare Giant Pandas. We reached the Giant Panda exhibit shortly past noon on a warm Washington afternoon and I was concerned. After all the talk about Giant Pandas, the warm weather had me worried that our good friends would be huddled out-of-sight in [...]

Cherry Blossom Festival 2012


2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Although I visited Washington, D.C. before the average peak bloom date, all the cherry trees around the tidal basin–save one–had already bloomed due to the unseasonably warm temperatures. Fortunately, the cherry trees along the Potomac River, as well as a few around the city, were [...]

Canyon de Chelly, Chinle, Arizona


After Monument Valley, I headed for Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Chinle, Arizona. I stayed at the Holiday Inn, which was not far from the Canyon de Chelly Visitor Center. At the visitor center, I picked up a route map and headed off along the South Rim Drive. Since I had not been to [...]

Monument Valley Tour


During my stay in Monument Valley, I signed up for a scenic excursion with Monument Valley Safari. Our tour departed from the parking lot of The View Hotel. Now, this being my first visit to Monument Valley, I was not too sure what to except, outside of a view of the legendary mittens. Seeing the [...]

Navigon iPhone GPS App Review

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People living in Silicon Valley are spoiled. With 3G data speeds, I’ve been able to rely on Google Maps for most trips outside the daily commute. However, as the Arizona trip approached, I knew that one lousy data connection and I was going to be lost. With that in mind, I purchased the Navigon GPS [...]

The View Hotel, Monument Valley, Utah

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The View Hotel is located inside Monument Valley. The three floors of guest rooms are to the left. The lobby and restaurant are to the right. The View Hotel offers large, clean and comfortable rooms. The bathrooms are quite spacious as well. But, you don’t come to Monument Valley to spend all your time inside. [...]

Glen Canyon Dam


If you are visiting Page, Arizona, you must be here to see Antelope Canyon. The Horseshoe Bend would be a second choice, and Glen Canyon Dam would be the filler. The Dam is just minutes away from Page. Just cross the bridge… and you will find yourself at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center. The visitor [...]

Antelope Canyon

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Winter is supposed to be slow season. At the Courtyard Page at Lake Powell, that certainly seemed to be the case. We didn’t see too many other travelers and the hotel parking was pretty empty for the most part. To get to Antelope Canyon, we signed up for a tour with Antelope Canyon Tours. Their [...]