Bay Area Spring Break Itinerary – April 18, 2019 to April 24, 2019

This was a quick weekend getaway trip to celebrate Valentine’s Day a week early. The timing was about right because we managed to avoid pretty heavy Winter storms in the Anza Borrego desert while also leaving Julian right before the next round of oncoming Winter snows…

Julian and Borrego Springs Itinerary – February 8, 2019 to February 10, 2019

This was a quick weekend getaway trip to celebrate Valentine’s Day a week early. The timing was about right because we managed to avoid pretty heavy Winter storms in the Anza Borrego desert while also leaving Julian right before the next round of oncoming Winter snows…

Big Sur Quick Getaway Itinerary – November 16, 2018 to November 18, 2018

This was a quick weekend getaway trip to celebrate Julie’s birthday. Given that we needed some time off from Tahia and from all my troubles with the big website migration as well as the usual day job dramas, Julie and I did this trip alone…

Big Tour of Germanic Europe Itinerary – June 13, 2018 to July 27, 2018

This epic trip was one of our more daring trips (which was saying something considering we were traveling independently in mostly developed countries), but it was one in which we had to rely more on our planning as well as rolling with the punches…

Spring Break In The American Southwest With Kids And Grandparents Itinerary – March 29, 2018 to April 6, 2018

This was one of our more unusual trips in that it was the longest trip we’ve done involving a party of seven people. Of course, three of them were children as they all had the same Spring Break schedule. My parents also came along…

Southeastern Australia Redux And Recovery Itinerary – November 8, 2017 to December 3, 2017

This was essentially a redo of a trip that took place back in November 2006, when it was adversely affected by some of Australia’s worst drought on record at the time.  This time around, Julie and I once again did this trip together alone…

Summer Road Trip of the Pacific Northwest – July 27, 2017 to August 20, 2017

With Summer in full swing and a daughter that was growing and learning quickly (though out-of-school for nearly three months), we figured that we needed to do a road trip to experience the world in ways that are simply not possible…

Yosemite Summer With Kids And Grandparents Itinerary – June 15, 2017 to June 18, 2017

The goal of this weekend trip was to expose my nephew to our favorite haunt – Yosemite National Park. Tahia had been here before, but we also wanted to keep both the kids engaged by allowing them to keep each other…

Salt Lake City Memorial Day Weekend Itinerary – May 25, 2017 to May 29, 2017

This was a pretty spontaneous and last-minute long weekend trip where we never really had long term plans to make it happen. Salt Lake City was always one of those “one of these days” type destinations…

Four Corners States Spring Break Loop Itinerary – April 13, 2017 to April 23, 2017

This was a trip where we tested the limits of our personal car as well as the limits of how much I could drive in a span of a week-and-a-half. We’ve always wanted to go to New Mexico and Colorado, and this was our opportunity…

Death Valley With Kids And Grandparents Itinerary – April 7, 2017 to April 9, 2017

This was kind of a spontaneous last-minute long weekend trip where we waited for the kids to get out of school, then headed right up to Lone Pine, which was the base of our excursions in and out of Death Valley…

Spontaneous Santa Barbara Weekend Itinerary – March 31, 2017 to April 2, 2017

This was a very last-minute, spur-of-the-moment trip where we just went for it and made our booking literally days before actually making the drive out here.  It was the perfect storm of saving money as well as…

Colorado Springs Business Trip Itinerary – March 22, 2017 to March 24, 2017

This trip began as a business trip for work, where I had to attend a review held by contractors who were based in Colorado Springs.  However, we figured out that we could use airline miles so Julie and Tahia could …

Palm Springs Weekend Trip Itinerary – February 10, 2017 to February 12, 2017

This was a quick weekend trip where Julie and I decided to do turn a typical weekend into a Valentine’s Weekend even though the actual day itself was nearly a week later.  At least that meant that it would be…

Legoland And Waterfalls Trip Itinerary – January 6, 2017 to January 8, 2017

This trip was really about letting the kids have fun at Legoland. However, Julie, Tahia, and I showed up a day earlier than my brother’s family.  Therefore, we had an opportunity to fit in a waterfall hike…

Circle Island Tour of Taiwan Itinerary – October 26, 2016 to November 6, 2016

This was a trip where Mom and I split off so Dad could hang out with friends from his college days. Although I had waterfalling targets throughout the island based on the exploits from those who cataloged…

Japan Self-Driving With The Parents Itinerary – October 13, 2016 to October 26, 2016

This itinerary was actually one-half of a two-country, 3.5-week trip encompassing both Japan and Taiwan. In this itinerary write-up, we’re only focusing on Japan since this leg of the trip could easily stand out as…

New Mid-Summer Waterfalling Adventures with the Parents Itinerary – July 10, 2016 to July 16, 2016

This was one of those trips that served dual purposes. Since I went alone with my parents, they got to see parts of Northern California and Southern Oregon that they had never seen before (or at least not in the way that Julie and I have done in the past, which mostly involved hiking to waterfalls)….

Northern California Waterfalling with Mom Itinerary – July 10, 2016 to July 16, 2016

This particular week-long trip was a long time coming. Up until now, we had a major hole in our survey of waterfalls in our home state of California. Even though Mom and I had visited a very small sampling of waterfalls in the far northern…

Long Weekend Northern California Waterfall Introduction with Mom Itinerary – May 19, 2016 to May 22, 2016

This was a long weekend trip where I spontaneously decided to do a trip to visit waterfalls in the far north of California for the first time. Given the driving distances, neither Julie nor I went waterfalling north of Sacramento….