Underground Exploring at Mercer Caverns

On September 1, 1885, Walter J Mercer, like so many before him, went to California looking for gold. And he got it, but in a most unexpected way. Under a tree, he found the enterance to a huge natural made cavern. Immediately thinking he found a gold cavern, he staked a claim and had his…

How I Spent My Summer Off

Regular readers of my blog know of the continuing journey of my father, who has been battling stage 4 oral cancer. After much soul searching, we as a family decided to forgo my salary for three months and let me take a leave of absence from work to care for my dad. Surgery was scheduled…

2018 – The Year I Got Back to Travel

I’ve talked about this before. The end of 2015 saw great changes in our family life and lifestyle. 2016 w as a year of transition and 2017 was a year of adjustment. But the end of 2017 saw yet another change in our family situation, and allowed us some wiggle room to breath and more…

Gilroy Gardens

“You should really take your kids to Gilroy Gardens, they’d love it!”. That was my best friend, R. “Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’d get around to it” I said. So when our weekend getaway was coming to an end, we had a choice, see more of Monterey, or try and check out Gilroy Gardens. On a…

Dali17 Museum

Walking around Monterey I kept seeing ads with the famous Dali melting clocks advertising a Dali exhibit. While walking toward Old Fisherman’s Wharf, we were surprised to run into the museum. And not only was it a permanent exhibit, but it was a Museum dedicated to Dali’s works! Apparently during the 1940s the famous Spanish…