Nuevo Vallarta Taxi


For some reason, I was expecting Nuevo Vallarta to be like Waikiki. It wasn't. Instead of a dense and compact tourist destination, I saw large resorts scattered along the coast, sometimes with large gaps between them. Even if you want to take an evening walk, there was no place to go. Seems incredible that large [...]



From Villa La Estancia at the northern end of Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias appears just a few steps away. However, in the June heat and humidity, a short taxi ride sounded much more practical than a jaunt along the sunny beach. From Nuevo Vallarta, I took a taxi to the Bucerias flea market. Not large in [...]

Villa La Estancia, Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit


I recently stayed at Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa, located at Paseo de Cocoteros 700 Sur, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit 63732, Mexico. I had booked the reservations through Costco Travel, which is currently offering a stay four nights for the price of three nights promotion at $279 per person, with a $300 resort credit [...]

Mexico Travel Warning


Last month, the U.S. Department of State issued a new travel warning for U.S. citizens travelling to or living in Mexico. If you want to get multiple perspectives on travel safety, you can also read what other English-speaking nations have stated about travel to Mexico. Travel Report - Mexico. From the Canada Department of Foreign [...]

Niles Canyon Railway


A few months ago, I caught a ride aboard the Niles Canyon Railway. Finding the station was simple enough, though the location of the parking lot was far from obvious. As it turns out, a parking lot is located next to the station. If you drive down the path alongside the railroad tracks, the lot [...]

Museum of American Heritage, Palo Alto, CA


Last month, I visited the Museum of American Heritage. Located at 351 Homer Avenue in Palo Alto, the Museum offers a free peak at American's not-too-distant past. During my visit, the Museum of American Heritage had a special Lego exhibit. An ordinary city block with the ubiquitous 7-Eleven convenience store and Starbucks coffee shop. Santa [...]

Eugene Friend Carousel


Located at the San Francisco Zoo, the Eugene Friend Carousel is an enclosed merry-go-round near the entrance of the zoo. For $2.00, you can get a ride aboard a fine carousel horse.If you want a wilder ride, you can hop aboard the tiger. However, animals on the outer track only circle around and do not [...]

San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco, CA

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I spent a chilly New Year's Eve at the San Francisco Zoo We were greeted by polar bears and snowmen at the entrance. I saw a lot of free range peacock leisurely roaming around the park. This one was strutting around the reindeer pen. The reindeer must still be exhausted from their Christmas Eve deliveries [...]

Great Dickens Christmas Fair, San Francisco, CA


Last Sunday, I attended the Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party at the Cow Palace in Daly City. Having never been to the Cow Palace or a Dickens Fair, I was not sure what exactly to expect. The Dickens Fair was a magical experience. At the entrance, we were transported to Fezziwig's Warehouse [...]

Children’s Discovery Museum, San Jose, CA


I recently visited the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose. I had expected a dedicated, attached parking structure to easily shuttle the kids in and out. However, after a quick trip around the block, I ended up at a fixed fee $5.00 parking lot on Auzerais Avenue tucked under Guadalupe Parkway/87. From the parking lot, [...]