Happy 4th of July-Ronald Reagan Library

This past weekend I met up with two of my siblings in LA to see our cousins in Simi Valley, California.  Also located in Simi Valley is the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.  I had never been to a Presidential Library so it was perfectly fitting to be there over the 4th of July weekend. I…

Filipino History in San Francisco

Today I took a Filipino Historical walking tour of San Francisco’s SOMA district.  With all the press regarding the gentrification of the city, it was refreshing to see that in very tiny ways the city is trying to preserve the immigrant culture that create much of the richness of San Francisco.  The tour began at…

Back in the USA

It’s been a week since the kids and I returned from our month long Europe vacation.  It’s just a memory now. I can’t even put the experience into words as it was a little bit of everything from surreal to spectacular.  I kept a separate blog for friends, family and anyone else who happened to…

Escaping the heat

A predicted hot weather day was a good excuse to take a hour and a half drive to the Pacific coast. I had never been to Bodega Bay so that was the destination. Beautiful it was, but with northern Pacific beauty one also gets Northern California cold. It didn’t stop the crowds for hitting the…

Weekend at the Lake

I decided to take the kids on a last minute weekend camping trip to  New Hogan Lake.  I’ve never been much of a camping fan but since Ben joined Cub Scouts, I’ve had to learn to like it.  After all, what is Scouting without camping?  The trip was planned by one of the Scout Dads…