Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota – Road Trip Day 3 Ep.4

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Anyone who has seen the movie, Dances with Wolves, may recognize Spearfish Canyon since several scenes were filmed in the area. Spearfish Canyon is actually older than the Grand Canyon in Arizona and was only accessible by horseback until 1893. It’s located in the northern part of the Black Hills in South Dakota. According to legend the Sioux and Cheyenne used to spear fish in the creek and hence the name, Spearfish.

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Close Encounters at Devils Tower National Monument – Road Trip Day 3 Ep.3

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We left Gillette, Wyoming early in the morning after a quick breakfast and headed out on the Interstate 90 heading east.  There was a bit of cloudiness when we first started out, but once we headed up Highway 14 the horizon began to clear.  Then we turned on Highway 24 and the sight we were waiting for appeared.

Seeing Devils Tower on the horizon is amazing.  Neek, Sar and I pulled over once we saw a turn-out and got out to get a better view.  Continue reading

Road Trip Utah to Wyoming – Day 2 Ep.2

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Neek, Sar and I woke up early in our hotel room in Midvale, Utah. It was 5:30am and I felt groggy after the long journey the day before, and strangely hungry. Fortunately the hotel breakfast room opened at 6am and they had waffles, which all three of us loved. We packed the car, checked out, and hit the open road again!

Driving on the Interstate 80 heading east, we drove through Park City, Utah. As we passed through, we were surprised to see hot air balloons flying over the former site of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Continue reading

Road Trip California to Utah – Day 1 Ep. 1

Neek sez:

It’s bad enough trying to get some sleep before a big road trip but when someone starts gunning their motorcycle outside your home at 2:00 in the morning, you start saying some very bad words. Oh well, we had to get up at 4:00 AM anyways. After our epic road trip last year to Oregon, Washington, The Canadian Icefields, Yellowstone, and Las Vegas, we decided that we would take another one to Wyoming, South Dakota, Nevada, and Northern California to have some more amazing journeys in fun.

We left at 5:00AM and would be traveling over 10 hours to get to our motel in Utah. First, we decided to visit Whiskey Pete’s in Primm, Nevada so we could make a pit stop and visit some pretty intense relics of the past.

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100th Anniversary in downtown Los Angeles – San Antonio Winery

Lex sez:

This is definitely the oldest operating winery in Los Angeles – and now it is celebrating its 100th anniversary!  Neek and I went to visit their beautiful location in downtown L.A. – they also have locations in Ontario and Paso Robles – to check out the tour that they offer the San Antonio Winery.  We had tasted many of their wines before, including their famous line with the Stella Rosa label, and we wanted to learn more about their illustrious history and see their operations up close and personal.

The San Antonio Winery was founded in 1917 on Lamar Street in downtown Los Angeles by Italian immigrant Santo Cambianica.  A devout Catholic, Cambianica named the winery after his Patron Saint Anthony.  Continue reading

One of the World’s Largest Artists’ Colony – The Brewery Complex in Downtown Los Angeles

Neek sez:

I always had a fantasy of living the artist’s lifestyle in a garret somewhere cold;  living and working passionately in a tiny studio, loving my soul mate and dying of a disease.  Oh wait!  That’s La Boheme isn’t it? or if you’re into the contemporary version, Rent.  Actually, artist colonies do exist in Los Angeles although being a bit more livable, healthier, and much warmer.

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A Preserved California Historic Site – Campo de Cahuenga

Right down the hill from Universal Studios, Hollywood is a preserved historic site that is probably one of the most important sites for California and the United States. Campo de Cahuenga was an adobe ranch house where the Treaty of Cahuenga (also known as “The Capitulation of Cahuenga”) was signed between Lieutenant Colonel John C. Fremont and General Andrés Pico on January 13, 1847, ending the fighting in the Mexican American War.

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