The Jade Cove Trail

  Hiking Jade Cove Facts: 1.5 Mile Trail Loop Level: Moderate/ steep incline 120 feet cove to cliff No Parking Fee/ No Restrooms Prospecting, mining or Removing an of the rock, mineral or materieals from the beach is strictly prohibited.  The Jade Cove Trail is located off Highway 1 about 3 miles south of Gorda, about…

Carmel by the Sea & Big Sur

Month: June  |  Weather: Cool days and chilly nights, high 70’s to mid 80’s during the day and low 40’s plus wind chill at night. Where we stayed: AirB&B in Carmel Top Things to do: Monastery Beach, Garrapata State Park, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, China Cove, Bixby Bridge, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pfeiffer Beach, Mcway Falls, Canyon Falls,…

Winter Road Trip Playlist

There is nothing quite like an epic road trip to start off a new year! Pack up your car, stuff it full of camping gear, hiking clothes, yummy car snacks. Pull out the map (or your saved map pins, pick a place to go and hit the road!  With the sun on your face, wind…

48 hours in San Francisco

Where we Stayed: The Clift Hotel Where we Dined: Rove Kitchen, Dottie’s True Blue Cafe, Social Kitchen & Brewery, Sunday’s Ice Cream & Cafe, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, Jane Cafe What we Did: Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Bridge, De Young Museum, Crissy Field, Botanical Gardens and Conservatory of Flowers THE CITY BY THE BAY When planning our trip…

Bride of the Sea – Venice

Venice, Italy “La Serenissima, Bride of the Sea” My first time visiting Venice is a vague memory from my childhood. It was the late 80’s. We lived in Germany and road tripped around Europe over the summers. My family would usually camp; mixed with grilling, hiking, swimming and playing. In Italy one summer the local boys taught my…

Plitvice & Split, Croatia

Part 3 of our road trip. The rough road trip outline would allow us to Explore the Dolomites, swing by Slovenia to visit Predjama Castle, make our way down to Plitvice National Park Croatia, then travel the coast to Split and all the way down to Ploce; hop on the ferry to Trpanj and drive the island all the…

10 things to do in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik aka the Pearl of the Adriatic, is among the top 10 most well preserved medieval walled cities in the world. Historically a meriting trade city; today a UNESCO World Heritage site, Dubrovnik is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. We accessed Croatia from Slovenia and then drove the coast all the way to…

Predjama Castle, Slovenia

While on our trip around Italy and Croatia we took a quick detour over to Slovenia to check out Predjama Castle. Predjama Castle – Postojnska Castle – Slovenia Jumping on the autostrada we made our way across the Italian Dolomites over to beautiful Slovenia. So…when entering countries of the EU be aware of the auto…

Italian Adventures

The desire to visit Italy again was driven by our love for the mountains. Glorious towering mountains, isolated and serene; a place to go and escape reality, disconnect from the modern world and feel the earth and stars move around us. I had dreamed going back on and off over the years ever since spending summers…

Westcave Preserve & Winery – TX

Westcave Preserve The Westcave Preserve and Outdoor Discovery Center is a quick 43 miles from Austin, TX and somehow in our many many years of living here I had never even heard of it! Located just past Hamilton Pool in the Texas Hill Country, the preserve is a beautiful and lush fern covered grotto and cave with highland…

Weekend Guide to San Diego

San Diego – a vivacious Californian coastal town mixed with Mexican culture and beach mentality makes it a great place to live, work, play and explore. We love California for the beautiful weather, fresh ocean air and delicious fresh seafood. In San Diego the people are pretty laidback and friendly enjoying an outdoor and active lifestyle- everything…

4 days in Tulum Mexico

An old world in a new age this historically pre-Columbian Mayan walled city on the Yucatan Peninsula skirting the Caribbean Sea boasts for their gorgeous beaches, ancient ruins and beautifully preserved architecture. Tulum is known for it’s blue teal waters, relaxing secluded beaches and ancient ruins creating a romantic and secluded getaway.  The Yucatan’s beautiful blue and teal…