Getting Our Kicks, Parallel to Route 66

If there’s one thing I’m good at, its a road trip.  I love them.  I’ve driven from Vermont to Colorado five times, done the reverse trip once, driven from Boston to Colorado once and from Southern California to Colorado twice.  I’ve also driven around most of the USA, living out of a pick-up for seven weeks after college, and done countless long drives for work. Last weekend, we completed a road trip from San Clemente, CA back to Denver.  The occasion was sad, marking the end of hauling stuff of our parents’ places back to our own home, but despite that…

San Francisco: Favorite things to do in a City of Diversity by the Bay

A couple of weekends ago, we returned to San Francisco, California for the first time in a couple of years. We have both made many trips here both together and separately over the years.  One thing that makes this place great, as America itself, is its incredible diversity. We ate fabulous Italian food in North Beach, strolled past (only because we’d just had brunch) ramen shops in Japan town, witnessed an amazing parade celebration of the Chinese New Year (the largest outside of Asia and in and of itself a display of diversity from Chinese dragons, fireworks and martial arts displays…

San Clemente – favorite surf town food

For more than a decade, we’ve been headed to San Clemente, California to visit family.  Sadly, there are fewer family members to visit since we started going out there, but our fond memories of being with those we’ve lost (and those who remain) and of the town itself linger.  The following are some of our favorite places to grab a bite and/or a drink in this cool surfer town. Prior to being founded in 1776 by the Spaniards who founded the Mission at San Juan Capistrano (just up the road from San Clemente), the area was inhabited by the Juaneno native people. …

We love L.A.

By David Last week, we had the chance to spend some extended time in Los Angeles.  While we’ve certainly spent a considerable amount of time in southern California (mostly in San Clemente visiting family) and had both been to L.A. on multiple occasions, I don’t think either of us ever really got L.A.  LAX is a nightmare, the traffic is brutal and we never really got the vibe or feel for the place. This time, we stayed on Wilshire Blvd near the Grove and West 3rd St.  Our hotel, the Hotel Wilshire (a Kimpton Hotel) was fine but really well…