Page 8 of Dawn and Steve Travel Blog Posts

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles January 30th 2010

A couple of days, we decided to be tourists. One day we visited the aquarium at Long Beach, then had lunch at Mom's Tamale (one of the places featured on Diner's Drive-Ins and Dives). These tamales are absolutely delicious, but if we hadn't seen the place on the television, we probably wouldn't have stopped here - or even been in the neighborhood. We also went to the La Brea tar pit, which is smaller than I had anticipated, and covered with water from the recent rain, but still smelled like road construction. In fact, they mined asphalt from here for years, before it was made into a park. They have removed literally tons of fosilized bones from here over the years. There are spots where the tar bubbles up out of the ground as well - ... read more
La Brea Tar Pit
Venice 1
Dawn at Venice

Today we had another really long driving day from Sacramento to Desert Hot Springs where Steve’s sister Barbara lives. We stopped to visit one of Steve’s sons, George, and granddaughter Sequoia in Victorville on the way. Desert Hot Springs is in the desert, ringed by mountains which are quite pretty right now because of the snow that fell recently. The desert got rain last week, and some of the streets were flooded so that Barb couldn’t get out to Palm Springs or Cathedral City to shop for a couple of days. But now, the sun is out, and we have found the nice weather (finally). Cool in the mornings and evenings, though, so we still need a sweater. I know, I know - I am NOT complaining! I hear we got a foot of snow at ... read more
Steve and Sequoia
View from Barb's Front Door

North America » United States » California » Cameron Park January 24th 2010

Even though we had cold, rainy weather, we had a very nice visit with Steve’s brother Don, and my aunt Irene. Eating is always a favorite passtime for us. We went out to a few interesting restaurants: one owned by Guy Fieri from the Food Network, called Tex Wasabi; one called Twin’s Sushi where Irene knows the twins and we all got hugs as well as great food, and of course, the local Mexican restaurant that we always go to with the world’s best margaritas. Yummy! Driving around looking at the neighborhoods is always fun here too. Where they live is called Cameron Park, which is about 40 miles outside of Sacramento. One of the neighborhoods has a small airport, where the people own small planes and after they land, they just drive them down the ... read more
Plane parking 1
Plane parking 2
Short signs

North America » United States » California January 22nd 2010

Well, we had to come to California to hit snow. The first two days were relatively uneventful though. Regina to Billings, Montana the first day was pretty boring. Billings to Twin Falls, Idaho the second was more interesting, as we took the I90 west to Bozeman and Butte, then turned south toward Twin Falls. This took us through the "high desert", which is really in between the mountains, but are flat plains with nothing but scrub brush and lots of cattle, but with pretty mountains in the background. Small towns and farms are dotted pretty sparsely through here, and they look pretty much the worse for wear. The third day though was the crazy one. We had a 10 or so hour drive ahead of us (so we thought), so we were up early and on ... read more
Montana high desert
Sunrise in the high desert
Reno, NV

North America » Canada » Saskatchewan August 8th 2009

We had a nice breakfast at the Hawood Inn, one of the nicer hotels in town. Then we stop and grab a couple of sweet buns for later at the local bakery, which is bustling with people getting coffees, papers, and bakery items to go. We are heading home, and plan to take secondary and grid roads to see more of the countryside along the way. We take highway #263, AKA ‘the scenic route’ south through the park and stop at Trappers Lake and Sandy Lake before leaving the park. Trappers Lake is very small, shallow with lots of reeds and bulrushes, and with mud shores. It also allows no motor boats, so is nice and quiet, and has only 5 camping spots. However, it is not very inviting, so we move on. Sandy Lake is ... read more
17 Trappers Lake
18 Public Beach on Emma Lake
19 Neat little church on way home

We hiked several trails today, starting early in the day to see as much as we could. We started with Shady Lake trail, billed as a “moderate terrain 1.7 km loop”. Then there is a 1 km spur trail taking you to a lookout tower called Height of the Land. Sounded easy. Boy was I wrong! I walk every day, and this walk just about did me in! It took us almost 2 hours from start to finish (you couldn’t walk any faster, due to the grade and condition of the trail.) The trail went down a long way using stairs, and then it turned into a narrow, muddy, uneven trail full of big tree roots that had us climbing up steep grades, then down, then up again till our legs and lungs burned. If you ... read more
02 Birch Bark
03 Loon on Shady Lake
04 Shady Lake Trail... going up

I have a week off of work, and the weather is supposed to be cool and rainy all week, so we decided to get in the car and go somewhere where it is sunny. It seems counterintuitive, but the forecast says it will be nice and sunny in the north. So, we have decided to head north. Waskesui Lake, in Prince Albert National Park is a favorite summer vacation spot for lots of Saskatchewan folks. Neither of us has ever been there, so that is our destination. As soon as we get out of town and start heading north, the land turns into rolling hills dotted with hay bales and farms, both old and new. Just off of highway #2 we find an old abandoned farm. You can see that it was once someone’s home. A ... read more
Abandoned Farm 2
Etter's Beach
Field of Flax

North America » Canada » Saskatchewan » Regina March 1st 2009

We are already having taco withdrawal, so we go shopping and buy a bunch of fresh veggies and peppers and make up some salsas. Next day we even go and buy masa flour and a tortilla press, along with a bottle of tequila. This cold is crazy! You can't even take in a deep breath without your lungs going into a spasm from the cold air. People down there asked us how we lived in such a cold place. I am starting to wonder myself....? ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun March 1st 2009

We hopped an early bus bound for Cancun, stopping in Playa del Carmen to stroll the busy and touristy 5th avenue for the last time. It doesn't seem so horrible now, as we are accustomed to the vendors and hawkers and just ignore them. My Spanish is better now too, so I feel comfortable looking in stores and telling them I don't want what they have without feeling afraid or intimidated. They really are agressive though. The crowds aren't too bad in the morning. We are trying to savor every last moment we have here. In Cancun, the hotel has screwed up our reservation, so we don't stay where we had planned. They sent us to their sister resort - and we spend what is left of our last day here at a fancy expensive all-inclusive......the ... read more
Pool at Grand Parnassus
Our fancy hotel
Our balcony

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Riviera Maya February 23rd 2009

Akumal is a beach area between Tulum and Cancun where sea turtles nest from May to October, and where the coral reef is fairly close to shore. Usually the turtles are gone by now, but for some reason some of them are still around, feeding on the sea grass in the area. We rented life jackets from the dive shop so we could swim farther and longer, and were able to see and swim alongside some turtles. We spend a wonderful day in the ocean, being amazed at the diversity of life in the ocean, and on this reef, the second largest coral reef in the world (after Australia's). We walked around the town of Akumal, which has a lot of big, fancy hacienda properties. Apparently, there is more tourist money here than in Tulum. Clouds ... read more
Sea Urchin
Pretty fish
More fish

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