Sierra Madre

Sierra Madre

I went to Sierra Madre a couple days ago.  I used to live there about thirty years ago and still drive through whenever I can.  I just like it.  It’s a small town (population about 10,000) nestled right up against the San Gabriel Mountains and just to the east of Pasadena.  I suppose one would

Death Valley Places

Death Valley Places

In this second segment about my recent trip to Death Valley National Park I want to talk about some of the iconic places within the park that my daughter and I visited.  Many sites I had considered ahead of time with the help of friends who had been there before.  Others were serendipitous.

One such unexpected outing occurred the first morning before dawn.  Halley and I wandered a couple miles east of Stovepipe Wells to the Sand Dunes.  We didn’t know

Solvang, Just a Glimpse

Solvang, Just a Glimpse

Solvang is a small town about 35 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, California.  It is best known as “that Danish town” and indeed tourism is its chief industry.  The village has modeled itself on similar towns in Denmark.  The traveler is expected to get that “Old Country” feeling about the place.  And people

Claremont on a Rainy Sunday Morning

Claremont on a Rainy Sunday Morning

Claremont wasn’t on my schedule today.  I could easily have been talked into staying indoors rather than venturing forth on a rainy morning.  It has been so long since I’ve driven in the rain I couldn’t remember how to turn on the windshield wipers!  That says something about the extent of the California drought!  Still, I was tempted by

The Planes of Fame Air Museum

The Planes of Fame Air Museum

Visiting the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California, was something of a lark for me.  I just had a hankering to go check it out.  It may seem like historic airplanes are something of a departure from my usual adventures but honestly I’ve had an interest in them for years.  I think it’s because my husband liked them from the time he was a kid and heard stories from

Descanso Gardens, Portal to the Past

Descanso Gardens, Portal to the Past

I made the short drive to Descanso Gardens in hope of seeing some tulips or daffodils.  I hadn’t given up on finding these flowers that I associate with spring.  The weather was warm, pushing into the 80 degree mark and the sky was hazy and brown.  As I drove along I began to doubt the wisdom of the trip.  Perhaps I was already too late.  Had I missed spring?

Descanso is located in La Canada Flintridge, just to the northwest of Pasadena.  The garden isn’t the well-manicured type like The Huntington.  My destination garden has a relaxed feel.  You won’t find pristine lawns and 18th century statues here.  What I did find was