All posts for the month January, 2014

Taliesin West

Published January 30, 2014 by Jana

I’m pretty sure I mentioned before that I think Frank Lloyd Wright is a genius.  So I visited his Arizona home, Taliesin West.  

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It is a campus for graduate architectural students these days.  They take on up to 35 students for a full year of training.  And they live on campus and get to wallow in the creative spaces that FLW designed.

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This one is for Asia, I know she loves dragons.  It breathes fire at night when there are events going on.

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He loved playing with shapes and shadows, as well as keeping things as organic as he could.  You can see that in his design.

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“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard

What Happens in Vegas . . .

Published January 29, 2014 by Jana

I won’t tell!  Well, maybe just a bit.  I stayed at the Venetian.  When I was checking in I was chatting with the front desk person.  When he found out it was my first time in Vegas, he upgraded me to a suite with a view.  Sounds impressive, but this hotel only has suites.  I thought of booking one when I called, but it was $50 more per night, and well, I’m just too cheap!  So here are some pics of the suite and view. 

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The bath was amazing!!!

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It was late in the evening when I got in so I ordered room service.  A salad and club sandwich.  Sooooo much food!

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A lovely day in Venice?  Nope, just inside the shopping area of the Venetian.  I wandered around the area and didn’t take many pictures.

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I stopped at Lake Mead and Hoover Dam on the way back to Phoenix.  I’m exhausted from all the traveling!

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Awe, the grown up wind turbines had baby turbines!  lol

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“Travel is very subjective. What one person loves, another loathes.” – Robin Leach


Published January 28, 2014 by Jana

I only had a partial day in Yosemite. 

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I spent too much time on the coast and I had reservations in Vegas. I will be making a return to Yosemite, it was stunning, even though it was cold.  My favorite shot!

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There was ice and snow on the ground in places, so I haven’t completely escaped from winter weather.

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This, (a coyote?) was walking around the visitors parking lot, with a friend! 

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And I really dislike tunnels! 

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“An adventure may be worn as a muddy spot or it may be worn as a proud insignia. It is the woman wearing it who makes it the one thing or the other.” – Norma Shearer

Thar She Blows!

Published January 27, 2014 by Jana

I went on a whale watching tour before leaving Morro Bay.  I’ve always wanted to do one, for some reason I just never did. 

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We saw at least 4 different grey whales.  They are on their Alaska to Mexico migration now.  Not very good pictures, but it was so much fun.  I just like being out on the water. 

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These are sea lions in Morro Bay.  The guide on the whale watch explained the difference between the seal species, I just don’t remember!

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I drove up the coast to Carmel and then turned East, heading to Yosemite.  The central California coast is just beautiful, I could spend a lot of time here. 

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And it is far enough from the ‘big cities’, so that was even better. 

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I don’t know what these are, they are not the typical sea oats at least.  The fuzzy part is 2 – 3 feet long.  Maybe they are some mutant California form, but they are all over the hillsides.

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There is a place just north of Hearst Castle called Seal Beach.  There are tons, literally, of elephant seals.  They just go about their day, doing whatever they want. 

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The beach is fenced, well actually the parking and viewing area is fenced, so I guess we humans are in the cage and the seals are free.  I kinda like that!

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My GPS died while I was here.  I left the box and receipt at ‘home’ so I was a little worried.  I found a Best Buy in San Luis Obispo, just a little south of Morro Bay, and paid them a visit.  They completely replaced it with a new one, after finding the purchase record.  I was so relieved! 

California is having a big drought.  These fields should be green and have cattle grazing in them.  They farmers are actually having to feed them hay.  I even saw a field that was being watered so the cattle could eat later.  And see that big hazy area?  That is a dust storm.  The wind was brutal and I had to drive through a smaller dust storm.

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“Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” – Irving Wallace

Home . . .

Published January 26, 2014 by Jana

I am ‘home’.  I will get some posts up over the next couple of days to show you the rest of California and Vegas, baby!  Here are a couple of pics in the meantime, enjoy!

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“NOT I – NOT ANYONE else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself.” – Walt Whitman