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How We Almost Missed The Boat In Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Cruise to Puerto Vallarta Mexico
Me channeling my inner pirate!

Puerto Vallarta was our last stop on our Mexican cruise. After this day we would have two full days steaming back to California.

We arrived on a beautiful day to Puerto Vallarta and departed from the boat for an early morning excursion. While we filled out information form the excursion, Laura and I made friends with this Green Macaw. I’m pretty sure this resulted in me thinking I was a pirate for the rest of the day. And let’s be honest – I do love rum!

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Touring the Los Osuna Tequila Distillery, La Noria Mexico

Los Osuna Tequila Distillery
Cheers

Our tour of Mexico continued with a port stop in Mazatlan. Now you know I love beer and a tour of Pacifico, who happens to be located in Mazatlan, was tempting but no photos were allowed and the price of the tour was rather high. I am never a fan of no photos so I talked Laura into taking a tequila distillery tour at Los Osuna instead. Los Osuna is located a short distance from Mazatlan, which was a perfect excursion on a warm sunny day.

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Mas Tequila at Cabo Wabo, Cabo San Lucas Mexico

Cabo Wabo, Cabo San Lucas
Cabo Wabo, Cabo San Lucas

The last music concert I went to with my mom before she passed away was a David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar concert. They dubbed it the “Van Halen Reject Tour”. Aptly named as both front men had be fired by Eddie Van Halen at one time or another… sometimes even more than once.

My mom was a fan of Hagar and I am a Roth fan. The difference in our front man preference did not cause a rift in our family however. Although I am a purest and prefer Diamond Dave’s spandex, high kickin’ and 80’s big hair it does not dismiss the fact that I can still respect The Red Rocker’s raspy voice and taste in tequila. Because “mas tequila”

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Legoland California, Carlsbad California

Legoland California, Carlsbad California
Legoland California, Carlsbad California

I had lofty goals for my life when I was a kid. When I was in the fourth grade I wanted to win an Olympic Gold medal for downhill skiing. When I got in to middle school I went from a Gold Medal in skiing to a Gold Medal in swimming. Let’s just say I was obsessed with the Olympics. I was also obsessed with building houses with Legos and was convinced that being a Lego Engineer would be in my future.

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Window Shopping Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills California

Window Shopping Rodeo Drive
Window Shopping Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive is probably one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. The street is lined with high profile stores that attract both stars and star watchers. As Laura and I drove down Rodeo Drive looking for a parking spot I realized we were a little under-car’d in our Hyundai rental car. Lamborghinis, Rolls, if it had a big price tag it was parked there. I will admit the fancy cars are beautiful but I have never seen the point in a car that costs as much as my house (or in the case of the Lambroghini, almost double). I would much rather spend the money on travel than waste it on a car that could be totaled in a matter of seconds… but I guess if you have a lot of money – you can probably buy both the car and the travel.

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica California

 Santa Monica Pier
View from Santa Monica Pier

While visiting Santa Monica we had to visit the famous landmark, Santa Monica Pier. The pier dates back to 1909, where it was originally built to carry sewer pipes past the breakers… gross. The second part of the pier was built in 1916 and referred to as the Pleasure Pier. Although the name invokes another form of grossness, the pier was built for the amusement park attractions: the wooden roller coaster, The Whip, a merry-go-around and a fun house. The attractions may have changed over the years but what I hope most is that people have stopped calling it the Pleasure Pier.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House, Los Angeles California

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Hollyhock House in Los Angeles California

Over the coarse of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career he built 532 structures and designed over 1000… talk about an overachiever! I have talked about my love for Wright designed structures often on this blog as I find him fascinating, both personally and professionally. He was a brilliant architect, who was well ahead of his years, but also led a life that could even to this day make the front page of the tabloids.

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Visiting the sites of Hollywood Boulevard California

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Hollywood Sign

Hollywood, a place synonymous with glitz, glamour and movies.  But it was not always that way, originally the area was agriculture lands, which of course flourished due to the warm, sunny climate. It was not until the early 1900’s that Hollywood began to form itself into how we know it today, the land of stars and dreams…

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Visiting Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

Stanley Park, Vancouver BC
Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

Large cities often set aside green space for their city dwellers. New York does it with Central Park, London with Richmond Park and Vancouver British Columbia has Stanley Park.

I visited Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics but as I have previously wrote about, I did not get to do much while I was there. Mostly because I did not research the area, but also because I did not have very much time in the 1.5 days that I was there.

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Beer Made With Steam! It’s Steamworks Brew Pub in Vancouver BC

Steamworks Brew Pub
Steamworks Brew Pub

I have been noticing an energy saving revolution out there with breweries. Wind power, solar powered, even steam powered. The Steamworks Brewery in Vancouver BC has been a steam powered brewery for the past 20 years. How cool is that?