11 Hour Layover in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles AreaIt would appear that Los Angeles is my second home because I am there so often. I think it just might be! It seems that every flight I take I connect through LA. Many of the workshops I attend are also in the LA area. I have been in the LA area more times than I can count in the last 7 months. I’m happy to connect through LA anytime; it is a great place to be. If any place will become my home away from home I am happy to make it LA. Was I meant to be born a California girl? Continue reading

The Perfect Sunset with Adventure Cat

Adventure Cat

I saw the perfect sunset on my sail with Adventure Cat on the San Francisco Bay. With most of the days being overcast during my second visit to San Francisco, I was starting to worry that I wouldn’t see a sunset before my departure back to Canada. I tried for days to catch a sunset, but to no avail I was unsuccessful.  I was relieved when I set sail on Adventures Cat’s Sunset Sail, because the sun was high in the sky and was starting to set on the cool calm evening. Not a cloud could be spotted. Continue reading

Turquoise Thursday: CityPASS to San Francisco



There is no better way to see San Francisco than with a CityPASS. With a CityPASS, I got 7 days of unlimited public transportation on all Muni and Cable cars, admission to the California Academy of Sciences, Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise, Aquarium of the Bay or Monterey Bay Aquarium, Exploratorium or De Young Museum+Legion of Honor, plus coupons for other local tourist attractions and shopping outlets. If I wanted, I could have visited all of the attractions by getting a discount on the admission to the attraction I didn’t use the CityPASS for. With my CityPASS, I got entrance to the city’s four best attractions, plus saved 42% alone on unlimited cable car rides. Not only that, my CityPASS saved me  44% off the combined attraction prices. If you plan to visit the majority of San Francisco’s tourist attractions, then you will save money by purchasing a CityPASS online prior to your visit OR at any CityPASS attraction for the same low price. The convenience and discounts of a CityPASS is well worth having for the wonderful city of San Francisco Continue reading

Bike the Golden Gate Bridge

Bike the Bridge

Bike the Bridge

During my second visit to San Francisco I had the opportunity to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge with Blazing Saddles. Blazing Saddles Golden Gate Bridge Guided Tour was a unique tour of San Francisco! I loved it! I was able to cover a lot of ground in San Francisco while on a bike! How much cooler can it get? I biked from San Francisco’s Aquatic Park, by Fort Mason (with an excellent view of Alcatraz) and the Palace of Fine Arts, along the Golden Gate Promenade in Presidio National Park, up to Fort Point (looking for surfers), over the Golden Gate Bridge to Visa Point, and down hill to the adorable town of Sausalito. My 10 mile bike ride on a beautiful sunning and calm day was the perfect tour to see all of San Francisco’s iconic sights. I couldn’t have a picked a better tour to see San Francisco in one day. Continue reading

Incredible Adventures in Yosemite National Park

Incredible Adventures

Incredible Adventures

Incredible Adventures took me on a journey of a lifetime from San Francisco to the grand mountains in Yosemite National Park. Yosemite National Park was unlike any other park I’ve been to in the United States. Most of my time lands me on the coast, in the ocean, or in valley forests like Muir Woods for instance. In rare opportunities like this, I find myself in the mountains. The enormous granite mountains stand confidently behind the colourful valley. I’ve not seen mountains of this magnitude or ones made of sheer rock face before. The mountains in Canada are typically snow capped or covered with ever greens. The steep sleet cliffs amazed me as I stood in the valley below looking up at the wonder above me. Continue reading

Photo of the Week-Two Painters

As I was hiking in Yosemite National Park, California with Incredible Adventures I stumbled across two painters in a field.

Two Painters

San Francisco Skyline At Night

Red and White Fleet

Red and White Fleet

Alcatraz at night

The San Francisco skyline observed from the Bay was glistening at twilight. The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay Bridge, San Francisco Ferry Building, Coit Tower, Treasure & Yerba Buena Islands, AT&T Park, and the lights of Alcatraz could be seen from a distance. The bright lively city glowed from a distance; the view was spectacular. There is something special about being on the water. I think I could live on a boat. I would much rather be on the water than on land. I’m somehow connected to the sea in a weird and wonderful way. Seeing San Francisco at night from a boat was the perfect tour for me. With the city illuminated from a distance I was given yet another reason to fall more in love with San Francisco. Continue reading

Freedom Writer Teachers Empowerment Symposium

Freedom Writer Teacher Symposium

Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers

How I met Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers to becoming a Freedom Writer Teacher. Continue reading