Category: Adventures

Summer 2015 ~ Adventure List

Summer 2015 Adventure List

With the official beginning of summer only a few weeks away I thought I should get a jump start and make an adventure list deciding on what adventures I would like to accomplish this summer of 2015!  Every year I make a adventure list (see last years here).

Since time just seems to go by so quickly during the wonderful days of summer and with how rough of a winter most of the country endured, I think we should all get out of the house and enjoy the wonderful summer weather of the great outdoors!

Here is my summer adventure list…

1. Go berry picking

2. Stargaze while sipping on whiskey

3. Go on a picnic at the park

4. Attend a outdoor concert

5. Take Handsome on a surprise weekend away

6. Roast marshmallows at the beach

7. Have a paper airplane contest

8. Play adult hide and go seek

9. Find a 4-leaf clover

10. Bake an apple pie

11. Go to brunch with friends

12. Eat dinner outside as often as possible

What do you have on your 2015 summer adventure list? 

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Pageant Of The Masters ~ Living Art

Every year, my family looks forward to a truly magical evening celebrating the wonders of art in the city of Laguna Beach, at the Pageant Of The Masters.

Pageant of the masters festival

  The Pageant Of The Masters is a world famous production of living art.  The performance is located in a outdoor theatre lit by the stars and surrounded by lush greens that transports you to another place in time.

Pageant of the masters theatre

The 90 minute “show” is made up of recreations of famous paintings and pieces of art known as “living pictures”.  My favorite part of the performance every year is when the Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy provides a recreation of the entire process the performers go through, from call time to being on stage.  The process is so interesting and even after watching it happen right in front of you its hard to believe you are not looking at the actual painting.  Each living art recreation is set to music from a live orchestra which enhances the whole experience.

Every year, the last piece of art work is always the same, I won’t spoil it for you if you have not been, but it is breathtaking and I am in awe every time I see it!  I have seen the original in person and the recreation is spot-on.  Handsome and I are fortunate to have a friend who performs every year in that last piece and a few years back he took my family and I on a private tour backstage.  What a once in a life time experience that was.  The amount of work that goes into each and every piece of art is mind-blowing.

Pageant of the masters living Art

If you love art this should be on your bucket-list.  People from all over the world travel to see this incredible artistry and illusion of living art.

Pageant Of The Masters

Runs every summer from July through August.

Check their website for dates and times.

650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Ticket Office 1-800-487-3378 {toll free}

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My Instagram Weekend in Review

Wow!  What an incredible past weekend I have had!

 I know I have a slightly skewed way of thinking, but in my head, I count my week starting with Friday.  Why, you may ask?  I just think it is better to start out the week with fun and the weekends are always fun {even if I’m just lying around}!

On Friday afternoon, Handsome and I drove to our friend’s condo in Carlsbad, CA!

Carlsbad condo with ocean view

Their place had an incredible view of the ocean.  There a few things better than the sound of pounding waves. (more…)

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A Wildlife Habitat on the Las Vegas Strip

Tired of the one arm bandit stealing all your money?

Looking for something to do in Las Vegas that has nothing to do with gambling or drinking?

On a recent trip to Las Vegas, as I was aimlessly walking around by myself {handsome was at a business meeting} I came upon a honest to goodness wildlife habitat on the Las Vegas Strip.  How could this be, out of all the times I have been to Las Vegas how did I not know about this?

It’s located in the Flamingo Hotel on Flamingo Island.

Las Vegas Flamingo's at the  Flamingo Hotel

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ABC in Bubblegum Alley, San Luis Obispo

What do you do when all the flavor is gone in your piece of gum?

Well, if you happen to be at Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California, just stick it on the wall.

Bubblegum Alley 2

Bubblegum Alley is presumably one of the most outlandish and well-known attractions in San Luis Obispo.  It is literally just as the name suggests, an alley that has thousand upon thousands of pieces of ABC (Already Been Chewed) bubblegum stuck to every square inch {within a hands reach} of the 70 foot long, 15 foot high, alley.  The alley is located right in the middle of downtown. (more…)

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Sherman Library & Gardens

Last week I had the pleasure of going somewhere I had never been, although I’d driving by almost daily for years and years.

Sherman Library & Gardens

Sherman Library & Gardens is a 2.2 acre botanical jewel.  It is located on the highly populated and busy Pacific Coast Highway in Corona Del Mar, California,  amidst all the boutiques, coffee houses, home specialty shops and exclusive showrooms, sits this unassuming natural beauty of over 1500 plants.  As soon as you walk through the gates you are transported to a different moment in time.  The beauty of the grounds calms you and your sense of smell is heightened with every breath.  The flowers fragrant scent wafts through the grounds as if someone was delicately spraying perfume.

I can go on and on about how beautiful this garden is but, I would rather show you.

Sherman Library & Gardens Pink Rose

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The Huntington, Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

 In the quaint city of San Marino, CA, amidst all the exquisite homes, is located what I think is one of California’s most beautiful treasures, The Huntington, Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.   With it’s refined collections of art and it’s magnificent grounds, it is the perfect place to spend an afternoon strolling and enjoying all the beauty The Huntington has to offer.

When you first arrive, you drive through this very tall opulent gate.

Huntington Library Entrance Gate

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