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Having Fun, Despite My Inevitable Loss!

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It doesn’t look like I’ll be winning that week long stay in a luxury suite at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco! I’m in close 2nd, only about 350 “likes” behind the 1st place person, ha haa!

If you missed that write up, here it is again, CLICK HERE

The contest ends tonight, Friday, at Midnight PST, so it’s not too late to help me out 🙂

In the meantime, I thought I’d share a moment of crazy fun with you that helped lift my spirits!

In case you couldn’t guess, I’m the crazy in the pink tutu!

I may not be headed to San Francisco any time soon at the rate this contest is going but I AM still headed to EUROPE for two weeks in May so life is good, real good! I am blessed to be living and having fun!

Vino Volo Wine bars at US Airports

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sf 9When Traveling at some US airports, whether your coming or going, it’s always nice to have an option for a “Wine down”!  “Vino Volo” wine bars are in over a dozen US Airports across the country, including Oakland, where this wine was enjoyed!

From their site, they say ” Vino Volo aims to revolutionize how people experience wine.  Each store is a comfortable post-security retreat for air travelers, combining a cozy wine lounge, restaurant, and boutique wine shop.  Vino Volo (derived from “wine flight” in Italian) offers wines from around the world by the glass, in tasting flights, and by the bottle for guests to take home or have shipped.  Operating successfully in airports across the nation, Vino Volo is the only airport wine bar and wine retail concept with a depth of experience and a proven track record.”

This was the 2nd time I’ve been able to relax in one of their wine bars before a flight & I look forward to them! They are much more quiet than the standard food court & the food options are WAYYYYY better. The food is good, the wine is good, the ambiance is good…I’m in! Whose with me!?

to see the list of Vino Volo Airport wine bar locations, click HERE

Elephants in Kenya

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A few years ago, a good friend of mine was taken on quite a vacation by her in-laws. They invited their adult children, their spouses & grandchildren on an African Safari over Christmas time. They visited several countries, did a few safari’s, mingled with the Masi, & had the family vacation of a lifetime.  The pictures she shared with me were truly amazing! This is just one of many & was taken in Kenya.

click here to see one of the lodges they stayed at.

There are so many beautiful places to see on this planet & Africa is just one of many on my list! It’s prioritizing the list that brings me anxiety! How to choose what’s next is always  when the boxing gloves come off at my house, the art of compromise comes into full play! Africa will have to wait a little longer since next year’s trip to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary has been booked! We will be Europe bound, not quite as wild as seeing Elephants at play in their natural habitats but still full of culture & adventures for those seeking it.

Which way to Paradise!?

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10 days of pure heaven is how best to describe my time on Cayman Island. This shot was taken at Rum Point, which is where we stayed. Grand Cayman is worth more than a one day cruise destination. If you do stop there on a cruise, make every effort to hire a driver or rent a car to drive to the more remote side of the Island where Rum Point is located. It is so worth it!  Seven Mile Beach, near the cruise harbor is beautiful too but will be  crowded with “cruise day trippers”. Only the more adventurous will go further out!

Are Your Ready For a Spa Vacation?

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I’ll take a spa vacation please!

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A Caribbean spa vacation may be right up your alley if you are looking for some place warm and inviting to take your next vacation.

Spa Day – Facial, Massage and Fragrances

Picture yourself relaxing in a tropical paradise sipping lemongrass tea while the ocean waves lap at the shore! Can you imagine anything more beautiful than sunrises or sunsets over alabaster sand beaches? There are several spas available in the Caribbean for your vacationing pleasure and here are a few of the top choices.

Sandals Resorts and Spa

One of the most well-known spa resorts on the planet is Sandals; they have locations in Jamaica, Bahamas, Antigua and St. Lucia. This chain of spas has often been voted the most luxurious couples oriented retreats, they specialize in wedding and honeymoon accommodations. Their Nassau location boasts beautiful tropical gardens, crystalline beaches and lavish suites, some as large as a…

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Views in spectacular places

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Is it too much to ask to have JUST ONE of these fabulous views!? All of tehse are beautiful but I wish the Maldvies were easier to get to!

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Lake near the Vineyards of the Central Coast, CA

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Our 3rd floor balcony in the Evan’s Home hosted this lovely view each day!

We go this lake each summer & if we’re not staying with friends on their property, we rent this house in Oak Shores. The home sits on Lake Nacimiento which is in the hills around Paso Robles. I recommend visiting Paso Robles & Lake Nacimiento in late July so that you can enjoy the California Mid-State Fair.. There are plenty of wineries to visit, just check this out!

Picturesque Vineyard

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View from the window inside the tasting room!

Wild Coyote Winery
I had a great experience wine tasting here. They also have Casitas on sight for rent. The whole place will make you feel like you’ve stepped into New Mexico but make no mistake, this is in Paso Robles, Ca!

Where ELSE Does The Money Go?!

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Happy faces eating Gelato in Poipu!

These costs are based on a family of 5 eating for a week. This is where we spent the most money, even though we tried being good about it! We did have friends host us for dinner at their timeshare on one night & we returned the favor & hosted for them also.

*Safeway food $38.47 Breakfast items
*Safeway food for pool/hotel day $39.36
*Safeway food to go for Kayak Day $35.74
*Safeway, groceries for dinner + 3 guests $79.97
* Dinner $33.33 (w/plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day!), Panda Express
* Dinner $85.00, Poipu Tropical Burger in Poipu
* Dinner in Hanalei, Bubba Burgers $25
* Dinner in Kapa’a $147.00, Coconut Island Grill

Jordan’s Salmon Meal at Coconut Island Grill in Kapa’a

*Dinner at Tahitian Bar & Grill, at our resort, $70
* Lunch $76.00 (& not very good!) Kalapaki Joes
*Lunch $60 (Excellent!), The Lodge at Kokee
*Lunch inside Coconut Market place, the pizza stand, $27 for one lg. pizza & water bottles
*Lunch at Tahitian bar & Grill, 2 tapas plates & 2 drinks $35
*Lunch at Sueoka Snack shop in Koloa Town, YUMMY! $23
*Lunch at Harvey’s inside Coconut Market Place, very inexpensive chicken skewers! $1.50 each!
*Dessert at Lapperts in Koloa Town, $20 (I had the Island Sensation & was not disappointed!
*Dessert at Papalani Gelato in Poipu, $18
*Bar Tab at our hotel was $70 (& we even brought our own stuff from home!)
*Airport food on the way home, $38.06
*Drive thru on the way home from the airport at 11:00pm was $22.75 but it was In-and Out so it was PRICELESS!!

Koloa Town Kauai

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Koloa’s quaint downtown area

Koloa Town: Definitely stop here for a lunch at Sueoka’s Snack shop (Teri burger was the big hit for us!) next to the market . Lunch had to be followed by dessert at Lappert’s Ice Cream (I had the” Island Sensation”, which was vanilla ice cream, brownie bits, & small bits of macadamia shortbread!)

Taylor & Jordan enjoying their lunch from Sueoka’s snack shop, which is near the corner of Koloa Rd. & Po’ipu Rd.

Not your typical tourist spot, we also visited the Kauai Humane Society in Lihue. We love animals & the building & surrounding park looked so inviting we had to stop in! We’re so glad we did! We were so impressed with it’s cleanliness & obvious love for nurturing homeless critters! We gave as much love as we could w/o packing one or two in our suitcases! To help support the society visit www.kauaihumane.org or be sure to stop in when driving between Lihue & the Po’ipu area. It’s located on the main highway 50, not far from mile marker 3.

Here’s Jordan with one of the many cats we encountered!