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Category: Travel

it’s been a minute!!

bless me blog for i have sinned, it’s been 2 weeks since my last post…ok, sorry to get all ‘holy’ on you 🙂 but it has been a minute…so what’s new?!

i’m still running, so i’m happy to report that. i’m typically doing three 3-mile runs per week and have been trying to throw another day of about a 20-30 minutes indoor workout routine. on that note, i totally love having a darigold refuel after a workout.

darigold refuel

darigold refuel

it really is so damn good tasting! i think i workout or run just to justify having one! 🙂

with the holidays around the corner, things have been a little busy. been looking at the holiday schedule and trying to plan some extra time with the kids during that winter break. maybe we can go somewhere or visit some place new…i always like to explore a new area.

my next 5k got postponed till february so i need to find another one before the end of the year. for now, i’ll keep running.

to change the subject a bit, i’m kinda / sorta becoming a bigger nerd than i thought i could be haha. my co-worker has turned me onto these poster / pop-culture / prints from a few sites. i’ve been ‘perusing’ for a couple of months now and have recently seen a few prints i liked. i ordered my first 2 posters last week 🙂

i ordered ‘they keep calling me’ by joshua andrew belangerorder online here – which pays homage to the movie “the crow”. i think it’s totally badass!

They Keep Calling Me by Joshua Andrew Belanger

They Keep Calling Me by Joshua Andrew Belanger

i can’t wait to frame this…i’ll post pics of this print once i receive it and have it framed 🙂

october is here!

san juan capistrano

san juan capistrano

wow, i can’t believe october is here already. i’m just back from a nice weekend in san diego and it feels like i have to hit this month hard with running. i think i feel that way because i can never eat right when i’m on vacation. i need to have a plan or something the next time i’m away…

on a side note, it was a must to stop at mission san juan capistrano on the way. my middle daughter did her mission assignment 2 years ago and i needed to see how we did compared to the real thing. i think we did really good since all we had to work with was pictures from the internet.

mission san juan capistrano

mission san juan capistrano

san diego was fun and the gaslamp quarter was really cool as well. tailgating at qualcomm stadium was pretty awesome too!

cowboys v chargers

cowboys v chargers

with a new month the plan is to run…and run and run…


day trippin’

olive festival

the girlfriend and i took a day trip over to paso robles to check out the 10th annual olive festival. totally wasn’t expecting it to be so cool, but when you combine olives with wine, you know it’s gonna be good time!

olive festival wine glass

we headed straight for the wine tickets 🙂 for $15 a person, we got a nice commemorative glass, a tote bag and some cool info on the event. we hit the ‘wine tent’ and got sauced in a hurry LOL! my favorite was the golden delicious from kelsey wine. i could definitely put down a bottle or two of that on a given day.

it started to heat up in paso robles, so after grubbing some tamales and tacos, we headed to the much cooler morro bay. the tamale and taco i had in paso robles did it’s job of soaking up my buzz and i was hungry again. yelp recommended tognazzinis dockside restaurant and it didn’t disappoint. i had the shrimp bisque and a dockside fish sandwich…friggin delish!

shrimp bisque

dockside fish sandwich

are you drooling? NO LEFT OVERS on my plate.

we chilled at morro bay near ‘the rock’ and just enjoyed the cool air. i took a little walk and wanted to grab something a little creative for a photo…i think i did alright with this shot.

morro rock

before we headed back, we grabbed a drink and some steamed clams…perfect way to finish off the wonderful day!

santa cruz beach boardwalk

my girls and i spent last weekend in santa cruz, as an early birthday party/gift for my youngest daughter. a first time there for them and they had a blast!


it had been many years since i had been there, but i always remember the giant dipper and the loggers revenge. those two rides just made an impression on me as a young kid and i’m glad my kids got to experience them and enjoy them as much as i did. i remember my dad riding the rides with me, especially the loggers revenge. being as he passed last year, it brought back some good memories just being at the boardwalk again.


the day was beautifully clear and warm. we couldn’t have asked for more so we spent all day enjoying every thing we could at the boardwalk.


the chocolate covered bacon at marini’s was a hit. the kids had seen an episode on some food show about this place at the boardwalk. they had seen it like a week prior to us visiting so this was a MUST in their minds. they headed straight for the chocolate covered bacon, so of course, we had to dig in and try it!


my younger two attempted to conquer the climbing wall. the height proved a little more difficult to overcome, but i gotta give it to them for trying!


of course we spent a little time on the beach too. they kids buried each other…that’s not really her feet in the picture above, it’s where we stuck the shoes, she wanted to appear all short 🙂


the drive back the next day was horrible but we made the best of it. we stopped at the casa de fruta and loaded up on some sweets. we hung out for a bit before heading back to the valley heat.


our final stop for dinner was at zamora’s in fresno for some bomb mexican food. this place really is pretty darn good!

great weekend with my kids and hopefully we made some memorable moments for them.

coastal trip

my two younger daughters and i hit the coast early last week, staying in pismo and visiting morro bay, cayucos, and cambria.

pismo beach

we pulled into pismo and the girls quickly hit the beach. after checking into our room, we settled in and hopped over to arroyo grande to catch a movie, epic.

the next day we drove out to morro bay, hit just about all the candy shops and for some reason, the girls wanted mexican food. i was totally down for that! i fired up yelp on my phone and found a small little joint called “tacos de mexico”. this little tasty meal pictured below was bomb! chile verde, rice, beans, guacamole, sour cream, chili, and a little bit of chips.

tacos de mexico

up next was hearst castle. the girls loved it there. they were amazed at everything and afterwards, we explored the grounds, which included the neptune pool, roman pool, and various buildings surrounding the main house.

hearst castle

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