Blog: December 2011

Vegas Highlights Part II

Posted on December 22, 2011 by Holly Hayes
Greetings from Reno! Vegas was super fun, but it's nice to be moving on. After packing up and bidding a fond farewell to our lovely hotel room this morning, we drove to Aria, a neighboring hotel with a Wolfgang Puck cafe David found yesterday. He loves the coffee and oatmeal cookies, I love their pomegranate iced tea, and for breakfast I got a freshly made ham-egg-cheese bagel sandwich...

Vegas Highlights Part I

Posted on December 21, 2011 by Holly Hayes
Well, our two days in Vegas have been very fun, and very busy as usual. Although I didn't have too much "work" to do here (though I did manage some), I personally found it all very interesting and wanted to see as much as I could. So both days I walked and walked, criss-crossing up and down the Strip, in and out of one casino after another. Oy, my feet hurt every night! The Strip itself isn't all that long, but each casino is absolutely huge, and wandering through each one really adds up...

Vegas, Baby

Posted on December 20, 2011 by Holly Hayes
Greetings from Sin City! I am just sitting down to write this at 12:37 AM - clearly we are infected with the Vegas spirit already. I am really enjoying my first visit to Vegas so far - my eyes have been like saucers all night. There is so much to look at everywhere I turn! The Bellagio during a fountain show (lasts for about 2 minutes every 15 minutes until midnight)...

Last Day in LA

Posted on December 18, 2011 by Holly Hayes
Had a very busy day today - the first day it really felt like work! We started out this morning with a return trip to the Chinese Theater to do a tour of the inside, which was very fun and easy. The theater is so beautiful and it's kind of hard to comprehend just how many movie premieres and movie stars have been there over the years, ever since the earliest days of Hollywood...

A Visit to the Getty Center

Posted on December 17, 2011 by Holly Hayes
On Thursday of our visit to Los Angeles, we visited the Getty Center. Opened in 1997, it is a large complex of buildings on a hilltop founded by an oil billionaire, J. Paul Getty. I was surprised by the somewhat limited amount of art, most of which dates from after 1300, but it is displayed very well - lots of space, good labels, beautiful frames and painted backgrounds...

Warner Brothers Studio Tour Highlights

Posted on December 16, 2011 by Holly Hayes
Today we finally went on the Warner Brothers studio tour, and it was fantastic. Then we watched the sunset and the city lights from Griffith Observatory, and had a delicious dinner at the "Farm Beverly Hills." It was a good day. Just a few tour highlights for now: A warm welcome from Daffy The original couch on the original Central Perk set from *Friends*...

LA Day 2: Hollywood and TV Taping

Posted on December 16, 2011 by Holly Hayes
Yesterday we had the warmest weather yet (almost 70 I believe) and a great day of activities. We started out with a late breakfast at the Beverly Center - a ham and egg sandwich from California Crisp for me; a chicken and rice dish from Panda Express for David (who had been up longer than me). The Beverly Center Then David dropped me off on Hollywood Boulevard for a few hours of sightseeing, while he headed to a sunny park...

LA Day 1 and Other Highlights

Posted on December 13, 2011 by Holly Hayes
I'm never going to catch up completely at the rate I'm going, so I think I'll save Monterey and the Hearst Castle for after we get home. But here are a couple of quick highlights from recent days: Spotted on Highway 101 - I always wondered where it was! A new friend I made in the old mission church in Monterey: Our nice hotel and a lovely walk by the beach in Cambria yesterday morning: Pelicans, I believe Our hotel room in L...

The Presidio and Stanford

Posted on December 11, 2011 by Holly Hayes
Greetings from Cambria, a little town by Highway 1. We managed to see everything we had hoped to today: the Monterey Bay Aquarium (very fun but seriously overpriced at $30); the Carmel mission (very nice); and the Hearst Castle. Hearst Castle was the major highlight for me - the pinnacle of "if money is no object" dreams! We are now in the Blue Dolphin Inn right across from the beach, and listening to very loud ocean sounds! But back to where I left off: Friday Dec...

Monterey and Alcatraz

Posted on December 10, 2011 by Holly Hayes
{ph9728} Whew, it has been a busy couple of days and the next few look to be the same way. But we are having lots of fun in the California sunshine. Yesterday we left San Francisco and drove down Highway 101 (and various other winding roads) to Monterey. We didn't arrive until well after dark, because we made long stops at the Presidio under the Golden Gate Bridge (with super-cool fort) and Stanford University (we were really impressed) along the way...

Sausalito, San Francisco and Alcatraz

Posted on December 9, 2011 by Holly Hayes
Today we spent a lot of time on boats: ferry to SF; ferry to Alcatraz; ferry back to SF; ferry back to Sausalito. It was very fun, but when we got home tonight I still felt like the ground was swaying! I'm happy to report Alcatraz lived up to the hype - it was very interesting and fun to explore. We spent a couple of hours there, and walked our legs off again...

Settled in Sausalito

Posted on December 6, 2011 by Holly Hayes
Sausalito, with a night view of San Francisco. We'll be here for the next two nights. But first, the promised pics of the Redwoods National Park from yesterday: The lovely herd of elk we saw on the way out of the park, centering on Mr. Impressive surveying his harem. And the Victorian Inn in Ferndale, our home last night: View while packing the car this morning...

Oregon Ghost Town and California Redwoods

Posted on December 4, 2011 by Holly Hayes
Our first stop today was Golden, an 1800s gold mining town just a few miles away. All that's left of the town today are the little church, general store, and a couple of unidentified tilting buildings, but they are very cute. {ph12094} {ph12098} {ph12097} Happily the church was unlocked - it had appropriately creaky floors and smelled like wood. Then, California! It gave us a warm welcome - not long after we crossed the border, we were enjoying 65-degree sunny weather, with views of the beautiful sparkling Pacific...

Oregon Covered Bridges and Wolf Creek Inn

Posted on December 4, 2011 by Holly Hayes
Yesterday was another nice relaxing day. Breakfast at our Eugene B&B was half a warmed grapefruit (is that normal?), an egg scramble with sausage and veggies, and a couple slices of zucchini-type bread. Not bad, not thrilling. Then we set out on our covered bridges hunt, which was fun and different - I don't actually think I've even seen one in person before...

Road Trip Day 1: Eugene

Posted on December 3, 2011 by Holly Hayes
We didn't make it too far today, but that was kind of nice actually - it's been very relaxed. We didn't get on the road until nearly noon, but still arrived with enough time for a bit of sightseeing in the daylight. Eugene may not seem too exciting, and it isn't really, but I chose it as our first stop because: 1) It has a few historic buildings of note; 2) I wanted to see David's former stomping grounds in his university days; and 3) it's a good base for some covered bridges I'd like to try to hunt down tomorrow...

California, here we come!

Posted on December 2, 2011 by Holly Hayes
Tap, tap. Blow. Is this thing on? Tomorrow we leave for California, so the blog is back! We're heading out on a road trip for three weeks or so, with a rough itinerary as shown above. The main goal of the trip, besides having lots of fun and enjoying the sunshine, is to take photos for my new website ("Go Historic," which hopefully you'll finally get to see in Jan or Feb 2012)...