Springtime at Lake Balboa

Neek sez:

The ducks were a little feisty when Lex and I visited Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley, California.  A boy and his grandparents were feeding them with loaves of bread which made them go a little crazy.  The lake is filled with reclaimed water from the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant and has been a home for ducks, geese, cormorants, seagulls, turtles, and fish.

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Traveling the World in One Day! – The 2017 Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show

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Lex and I walked through 7 continents including Antarctica.  We also skydived over the Colorado River, rode on a gentle camel, and were mesmerized by two South Korean characters who beckoned us to the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics Games.

We did all of this in only one day at the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show which took place at the LA Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles.

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The Desert Dwellers – Visiting the Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center

Neek sez:

I love interpretive centers!  They are thoughtful, informative and give you answers to questions about the places you visit.  So, starting off, this is what I learned:

The history of Vasquez Rocks starts with the native people, The Tataviam who were here from 200 B.C., years before the first Spanish explorers met them in 1769 when they numbered in the hundreds.  Continue reading

Do You Recognize this Place? – Vasquez Rocks in Agua Dulce, California

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In the town of Agua Dulce in the Sierra Pelona Mountains is a 932 acre area called the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park.  These are huge rock formations from an uplift about 25 million years ago.  The Tataviam people were living here in grass huts within villages for centuries before the Spanish arrived.

But it was bandit Tiburcio Vasquez, who used these rocks to hide out from authorities in 1873 and 1874, whose name is associated with this amazing formation. Continue reading

A Magical Mystery Winery Tour in Roseburg, Oregon

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One of the highlights of our recent Oregon trip was getting together with relatives to go wine tasting!  My sister Mac had won a prize at work the previous year for herself and guests to visit three different wineries in the Umpqua Valley in Oregon for tasting and lunch.  So since there were so many relatives coming up to see my other sister (for the record, I have three sisters, all drinking wine in the video!) get married, Mac decided to invite many of us as her guests!

We all met in the parking lot of the Paul O’Brien Winery.  There our tour guide, who really did a wonderful job, informed us of the wineries we would be visiting, which up until that point was a surprise! Continue reading

A Mighty Powerful River – The Rogue Gorge

Neek sez:

Hidden from the 62 Highway on the way to Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, there is a mighty powerful gorge rushing by.

Even before starting out on the 3.5 mile Rogue Gorge Trail, you could hear the sounds of the river in the distance.  The gorge was most likely caused by the eruption of Mt. Mazama in 5700 BC that created Crater Lake.  Continue reading