30 Minutes to Lake Tahoe

29 Apr

One of the things I love about living in Reno is Lake Tahoe is just 30 minutes away. If you’ve never been there I recommend seeing it once in your lifetime. It’s the second deepest lake in the world and not only is it a truly beautiful site to see, but there’s a lot to do in the area. In the wintertime, it’s known for the powder on the mountains and people come from all over the world to go skiing and snowboarding. In the summertime, I like to go hiking on the Tahoe Rim Trail because it’s a little bit cooler than Reno because it’s over 6,000 feet in elevation.

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Emerald Bay

I’ve done the MS Dixie cruise and had dinner on the tour boat with stunning views of all over the lake. The tour took us around Emerald Bay which is a famous part of the lake. For those of you who like to gamble, South Lake Tahoe is an entertaining place to stay and enjoy some live shows. I’ve heard of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival they put on every year, but I’ve yet to attend. It’s July 12 – August 25 this year and the venue is right on the beach. You get the chance to view beautiful Lake Tahoe from your seat. People have told me that it’s romantic and an overall good experience.

Have you been to Lake Tahoe before? If so, please tell me your favorite places.

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The Beautiful Coastal Town of Fort Bragg, CA

28 Apr

I’ve been to Fort Bragg, California several times and it always brings back happy memories when I think of being there. It has spectacular views of the ocean and driving down State Route 1 you can pull off the road just about anywhere and walk right on the beach. Last time we went there we stayed at this campsite with views of the ocean. We took walks from our campsite right to the ocean and just watched the waves. There’s something therapeutic about listening to the waves of the ocean.

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My adventures at Glass Beach

My most favorite place of all was the Glass Beach. I collect colored glass so I felt like it was a special treat to be able to visit this cool site. It’s called Glass Beach because in the early 20th century it was common practice to throw the town’s trash into the ocean. It sounds ludicrous now, but I guess they didn’t think it would cause much harm. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the North Coast Water Quality Board stepped in and prevented further dumping into the ocean.

Unlike it is today, lots of products made during the dumping was made with glass rather than plastic. In that particular area, the rocks on that beach were formed in a way that tumbled the glass every time the waves came in and therefore smoothed and polished the glass. So you can walk on the beach and pick up smooth glass pieces. Now people from all over come to this beach and pick through the glass and collect it.

There are several glass beaches in the world. Have you been to one? Tell me about it!

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Love to Travel to San Francisco

27 Apr

I love, love, love traveling to San Francisco. Living in Reno it’s nice to hop in the car, as it doesn’t take long to make a quick weekend trip into the city. I’ve been there before for New Year’s and had a blast. I feel like every time I visit there I do something I’ve never done before and enjoy every moment of it. I think that Alcatraz is a place that everyone visiting San Francisco should check out. Walking around those  grounds makes you think about what sorts of things went on at that prison. I like the little ferry we had to take in order to get to the island too. We also visited Angel Island and toured around and the weather was perfect.

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We stopped and ate dinner at a restaurant called The Stinking Rose and it was really good. If you love garlic, then you definitely should stop at this place. One of the greatest parts about the city is the chance to try out different restaurants with food options from all over the world. There are so many things to see in the city and I never seem to get bored. Last time we were there we rented one of those bicycle tour guides and he gave us a narration of part of the city. It was pretty entertaining.

Is there something in the city that you love? If so, tell me about it!

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Traveling to Seattle

22 Apr

I love getting the chance to travel wherever it may be. I’ve been to Seattle several times before and have always enjoyed my time there. My friend moved there two years ago and I made a trip go see her recently. I just love how green the trees are and how and how it’s not super dry like it is here in Reno. It was, of course, drizzly, rainy weather and loved every minute of it. I often wonder how it would be to move there and think how quick it would be to get sick of the rainy weather.

photo (3)We went to the Pike Place Market and toured around. I like walking up and down the marketplace and checking out all the vendors and what sorts of things they are selling. I picked up some souvenirs and my friend and I ended up eating at the Piroshky Piroshky bakery. All the bakeries in the area smell delicious and I just couldn’t pass another one up – glad we stopped where we did, it was sooo good! We had little dessert pastry too and it was a real treat.

I’ve never actually stayed the night in the city before, but I’m sure I could find some pretty entertaining places to explore. I like being in big cities at night. They can be pretty entertaining! I didn’t get to check out the breweries there, but there’s always next time. I hope to see the city again by the end of the year. I had a great time visiting with my friend!

Have you been to Seattle before? Do you have any places to recommend? Leave me a comment and tell me more about it.

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5 Reasons I Find Travel Exciting

20 Apr

There are many different reasons to why people travel. I’ve noticed in talking more and more about travel that some people just have no desire to leave the United States at all. The thought of being able to explore other areas of the world truly excites me. The United States is a fairly newly-founded country in relation to most others, so the history only goes back so far. In my travels, it’s made me realize just how amazing it is to be checking out castles, buildings, and traditions that have been around for so many hundreds of years.

So here, I share with you my top 5 reasons I find travel exciting:

  1. Traveling takes me out of my comfort zone and challenges me to step outside of what I’m familiar with
  2. Helps me appreciate different cultures and different ways of life
  3. Allows me to make memories I can cherish and will last  forever
  4. Getting the chance to trying new food and beer
  5. It provides insight into parts of history that may not be learned without an actual visit to the area

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If it were up to me, I’d take a year to go travel the world. I’m glad I’m young because I feel like I’m a little behind on seeing places and have a long list of “must see” places in my life. I’m like a lot of people from this melting pot of a country we live in and my ancestors come from all over Europe. I’d really love the opportunity to check out some of the places my family come from and explore the areas they grew up.

What do you love about travel? Please share by leaving a comment below.

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For the Beer Lovers – Belgium Edition

18 Apr

My last and definitely not least beer lover’s edition is taking a look in Belgium. There are over 800 varieties of beer brewed in the country of Belgium. If you remember the last couple of posts I’ve written that’s over 6,000 types of beer brewed in just a few countries.  For those avid beer lovers out there, this can mean great beer tours in Europe and lots of different beer tasting!

In my research, I found a great site that includes most of those beers for this country. The list entails beer name, brewery name, type of beer and the percentage of alcohol in each. Depending on which type of beer is your favorite can determine which breweries you can see. For being such a small country, 800 breweries sure seems like a whole lot of places producing beer. I haven’t had the opportunity to try very many Belgian beers, but I can say I have a few favorites of the ones I have been able to try.

stella-artoisOf my favorites Stella Artois is definitely a notable one. The Den Hoorn brewery where the famous beer is produced dates back to 1366. It wasn’t until 1708 that a brew master, Sebastian Artois, was able to purchase the brewery. After his purchase he brewed a special batch at Christmas time that included a star on the bottle and named the brew Stella. The rest is history! If you drink Stella you will see the star is still included on every bottle.

I have to say with Belgium on the list of places to see the Stella Brewery is a must see! Having 800 different beers brewed in that country makes it a little hard to determine which other ones to see. How do we prioritize which ones to see over others? Ask locals? Ask people who’ve visited the country before? What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

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Checking out Belgium

15 Apr

On the list of destinations to explore, I know Belgium will be a great place to visit for a number of reasons. Not only are they know for the mouth watering Belgium waffles, they are know for their chocolate and beer. When running into the Guide to all things Belgium, I read their slogan, “A food lover’s dream. A beer lover’s heaven”, which sounds like my kind of place.  This country has lots of places to visit for everyone. They have over 200 museums, 300 art nouveau buildings in Brussels, 650 styles of beer, and can’t forget the 2,000 chocolate shops!

A classmate of mine is from Belgium and she brought some chocolate to share with me the other day that just melted in my mouth. It got me even more excited to visit. I can’t wait to stock up on their delectable chocolate and indulge in their frites, also known as the real French fries. These frites are so popular, they have more than 5,000 fries stand in Belgium, so I can imagine I wont have a hard time finding a place to enjoy these treats. Waffles are another must try food and sounds like they too are readily available to purchase from street vendors.

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The old architecture is very intriguing to me, as well. I can’t wait to see the Grand Palace in Brussels and I know all the large buildings in City Centers of Brussels and Bruges will be amazing to see. If you’ve been to Belgium and can recommend a must see place to visit, please leave a comment below.

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