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    Travel,  Travel Guide

    How to See Hawaii on a Tight Budget

              I recently went back to Hawaii with two of my sisters.  This was my third visit.  The first time was with a friend’s family, and second time was for my honeymoon (it was a bit of a splurge).  Hawaii is far from a cheap travel destination, especially if you don’t live in the U.S. It definitely has a reputation of being expensive.  It’s the most remote island chain in the world, so i’m not surprised. It can be done on a tight budget or on a really big budget, but I don’t think you can visit Hawaii and hardly spend any money unless you are…

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    Travel

    My Trip to the Big Island, Hawaii

    Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo – A Doubletree by Hilton Wailuku River State Park South Point Punalu’u Beach Mana’s Aloha Fruit Stand King Kamehameha Statue Green Sand Beach Kula Shave Ice Kaumana Caves Bite Me Sport Fishing manta ray night snorkel Huge Fruit Mural Kua Bay Fresh Off the Grid Pololu Valley Lookout Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Thurston Lava Tube Akaka Falls State Park Catamaran boat ride & snorkel Liliuokalani Gardens           I just got back from my trip to Hawaii.  I went to the Big Island with two of my sisters.  The trip was about a week and we spent about 5.5 days on the island.  I…

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    Travel

    Camping at Jumbo Rocks Campground, Joshua Tree

              My husband and I went on a little camping trip this past weekend to Joshua Tree National Park.  We have been several times but have only camped there once before.  The first time was such a memorable and amazing experience because we went on a night when the sky was clear and the moon was dim.  The stars were absolutely insane.  This time around I really wanted to stay at Jumbo Rocks campground, which is the coolest campground in the park.  In my opinion, it’s one of the coolest campgrounds in the country.  It’s full of giant boulders and the sites are nestled between them.…

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    Holidays,  Travel

    Anza-Borrego Desert State Park & Imperial Sand Dunes

              Over New Years weekend my husband and I went on a mini road trip to Anza Borrego Desert State Park and Imperial Sand Dunes.  I’ve been wanting to check this area out for a few years now.  Dogs aren’t allowed on trails at the State Park though and it’s around 3 hours from where I live.  I needed a dog sitter, which I don’t have.  My sister was visiting so we were able to go for the weekend.             As for the state park, it was very beautiful.  I was surprised by the size and diversity of the park.  It’s…

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    Travel,  Travel Guide

    2 Days in San Francisco

          Over Labor Day weekend my husband, dog, and I took a road trip from L.A. to San Francisco.  We hadn’t been back since moving to California.  If you don’t know, it’s about a 6-7 hour drive. I’ve been several times but this was only my husband’s second time, so we wanted to make the most of it.  And we did.  We accomplished so much in the span of a 3 day weekend.  If you want to see previous posts, I will link them HERE and HERE.  I’m going to talk about all of the things we were able to do, in case you are planning a trip.…

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    Travel

    Camping in Sequoia National Forest

              This past weekend I went camping in Sequoia National Forest.  We (my husband and I) stayed at Quaking Aspen Campground.  We hadn’t been to that campground before but I highly recommend it. It was really nice for a national property campground.  Normally they are pretty minimal.  This one doesn’t have showers but it was still really nice.  We visited Sequoia National Park a few years ago and I had been wanting to go camping somewhere.  Since the National Forest allows dogs on trails we decided to go there.  Normally National Parks don’t allow dogs on trails but National Forests usually do.  I love the feel…

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    Travel,  Travel Guide

    Valley of Fire State Park

              Like I said in my last post, me and my husbands 2 year wedding anniversary was earlier this week.  To celebrate we went on a little road trip to Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.  Neither one of us had ever been and it was high on my list of places in the U.S. to visit.  Let me explain why I wanted to check it out so badly. It looks beautiful and has amazing rock formations There are lots of short, easy hikes that aren’t boring.  Most of the trails are around one mile long so you can do all of them without it…

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    Los Angeles,  Travel

    Vasquez Rocks

              This was my second time visiting Vasquez Rocks.  It’s such a cool little park, just outside L.A.  If the rock formations look familiar, that’s probably because you have seen them in a movie or commercial.  This is a popular filming location for a ton of things.  I won’t list everything but here is a bit more about that.  There have been hundreds of things filmed here.             It’s a really beautiful area surrounded by mountains and canyons, with jagged rocks sticking out all over.  There aren’t necessarily trails that you have to follow.  You can go pretty much anywhere.  you…

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    Travel

    Why You Should Visit Saguaro National Park

              After spending a full day at Picacho State Park, we went to Saguaro National Park. Neither one of us (me or my husband) had been there before.  We have a goal of making it to every U.S. National Park, so of course we had to visit that one.  I think I have mentioned in a previous post that I have about half to see still.             Saguaro National Park is one of a kind.  It has an insane number of diverse plant types.  The one that seems to attract visitors the most is the Saguaro cactus.  They are the largest…

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    Travel

    Camping at Picacho Peak State Park, AZ

              This past weekend my husband, dog, and I went on a short camping trip to southern Arizona.  We had been wanting to take our dog camping for the first time and it’s been too cold in California.  We camped at Picacho Peak State Park.  We spent the first day exploring that park and the second day in Saguaro National Park.             Camping at Picacho Peak is really nice.  The campground itself was very clean and has fire pits, showers, and electric.  It’s nice because you can make reservations in advance.  I usually have to stay at a place that allows…