First of all – before I say anything else – Get the Genie+. It was $20 each and it saved us hours and hours of waiting by giving us Lightning Lane on almost every ride, gave pretty good suggestions and also gave us the ride photos for free. 100% worth it even if the cost…
A Visit to Hollywood
I’m always torn about saying where I grew up – my emotionally struggling parents started out with good intentions of having their kids grow up in a Southern California mountain town but then seriously lost the thread and dragged us through hell before I managed to get back to where childhood had seemed normal just…
Travel Thursday: Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park, California
My family has a long history with Knotts Berry Farm which was America’s first theme park. My grandmother used to actually buy berries from the farm before it was an amusement park. My parents, my cousins and siblings, and now our kids have all made that initial pilgrimage there. Today was the day I finally…
Trip #1 of 2022: Honolulu to Austin. RT via SFO – Part 1
It’s been a minute since I flew anywhere. I took a few small trips in 2020 & 2021 to the SF Bay Area and the Big Island of Hawaii but for the most part since I returned home from Australia in March of 2020 – I’ve been staying on Oahu. I’m not complaining. I love…
Vagobond Travel Museum: The Amtrak Amtrek Across the USA
Back in 2008, I left Hawaii and set out on an adventure that took me across the USA by Amtrak train, I called it the Amtrek. This week, for the Vagobond Travel Museum, I bring you the collected articles and videos from that trip. The trip began in Honolulu and then went to Portland, Oregon…
Syncopated Family Travel: Yes, I’m a Mouseketeer at Disneyland!
To quote the Flight of the Conchords, “I’m not crying, it’s just raining on my face.” This is heaven.
Syncopated Family Travel – Los Angeles – Beaches, Bums, and Cults
A machete wielding maniac in a hockey mask approaches our car ….
Syncopated Family Travel – Leaving Las Vegans
As we head west we make a brief side visit to the City of Sin to take my daughter to Veggee Delight. I’m a little worried as the GPS leads us through the Vegas Strip deep into the heart of Chinatown.
Southern California Wine Travel
Southern California’s two most impressive wine countries, Temecula and Julian, filled with fun people, all looking to have a blast as they sip, swirl and nosh their way through the vineyards.
The Fine Art of Fantastic Family Road Trips
One of the great things about being back in the United States is the opportunities it presents to engage in that greatest of American pastimes, The All American Family Road Trip. Like the Griswalds, I can load my family into the car with a minimum of explanation, make sure the tank is full of gas…