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Hearst Castle a California Treasure

Hearst Castle is a place I had heard of many times having lived in California pretty much all of my life, but I had yet to take the trip up the coast to see it. So when my friend Lia suggested we drive up to Hearst Castle it I was excited to go and check it out. Hearst Castle was purchased in 1865 by George Hearst a wealthy businessman and U.S. Senator. The over 250,000 acres of ranch land on the California coast in San Simeon was inherited by George Hearst’s son and newspaper publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst in 1919. Hearst commissioned architect Julia Morgan to help him build the resort of his dreams. Julia Morgan was the first woman to receive a certification in architecture from L’École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and California’s first licensed female architect.
DSC00832Lia and I decided to drive up to Hearst Castle from Santa Barbara on a Saturday. There are several different options for the tours so make sure you visit the website to plan your visit. Luckily for us we arrived just at the right time before the 60 minute Grand Rooms tour began. We purchased tickets for $25 when we arrived, but you can also reserve tickets in advance from the Hearst Castle website. To get to the castle which is all the way up on top of what is called the “enchanted hill” so you must take a bus.  The bus goes up the winding roads of the ranch and driving up the road it transports you back to the time when Hearst and his guests would arrive at the property.

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NOLA Adventure Part 2: Haunted Mansion and Café du Monde

 

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Jackson Square and St Louis Cathedral

Where my last NOLA blog post left off I had just been drenched in a thunderstorm and had to run from St. Louis Cemetery #1 to CVS to buy an umbrella. I was then able to go check into my room at the Inn on St Ann Street. The room at the Inn was tiny, but comfortable and the location was great since it is right in the center of the French Quarter. After drying off and relaxing a bit I was starving so I asked the hotel desk clerk for a recommendation of a place to eat. He recommended the Oceania cafe which was off of Bourbon street. I ordered the BBQ shrimp and a Dixie beer. The shrimp was ok, but I was not that impressed. I was actually a little disappointed because I had been looking forward to eating some delicious NOLA food. The Dixie beer was good though.READ MORE

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NOLA Adventure Part One: Ghosts of New Orleans

angel grave2A business trip last month brought me to Louisiana. It was my first trip out there and since I didn’t know when I’d get the chance to go again I decided to visit New Orleans. I only had a day to check out the city so after finishing my work near Alexandria and spending a night in Baton Rouge I headed down to the Big Easy. New Orleans has a very interesting history of voodoo, ghosts and haunted places. So as someone who is interested in all things creepy I tried to visit as many of these places I could in the French Quarter. The first place I decided to visit was St. Louis Cemetery #1. I wasn’t able to check into my my hotel until 3pm so I parked my at a 24 hour lot and I walked over to the cemetery. I got to the entrance to find that it was guarded and the guard told me the only ways to enter was with a tour guide.

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The statue of this large mausoleum watches over St Louis Cemetery #1

I really didn’t want to visit the cemetery with a tour guide so I decided to walk around and explore the French Quarter. I went in some art galleries and checked out Bourbon Street and then I made my way down to the waterfront of the Mississippi river. The riverfront is very pretty I walked by the Audubon Aquarium of the Pacific and also saw the steamboat Natchez on the water.  After taking my stroll along the water I decided I would really like to see the St. Louis #1 cemetery so I decided to book a tour through the Voodoo Lounge.

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Havasupai Arizona Travel Tips

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Havasu Falls

Havasupai Arizona is an amazing place to visit, but it takes some planning to get there. Luckily I went with a friend who had taken the trip before and is a great planner. Check out the following travel tips to make sure you’re well prepared for your trip!

  • Make your reservation in advance. You cannot just show up at the Grand Canyon Hualapai Hilltop and hike into Supai. You will need to have either a camping or Havasupai Lodge reservation for your group. Make sure you call ahead to confirm your reservation. Each person will also be required to pay a registration fee upon arriving and carry a tag on your day pack to show you’re registered.
  • We stayed at the Supai Lodge and packed coolers with our food and a small gas grill. There are picnic tables at the lodge to eat dinner. We packed our lunches when we went hiking each day. If you do not bring your food there are not many food options in the village, however there is a small restaurant. Try the indian frybread! It’s yummy, but you should also bring some healthier options.
  • In addition to reserving your accommodations you may also want to hire a pack horse to help you get your food and belongings into the canyon. The hike in to Supai Village is 8 miles so if you are staying for a few days you may not want to carry everything in on your back. Make sure you plan to only pack 120lbs per horse. These horses work very hard do not try to overpack them!
  • If you’re driving a distance to get to the Grand Canyon you may want to break up your trip by stopping in Peach Springs and then hiking out to Supai the next day. Peach Springs is the last town on the way along Route 66 before you get to the Grand Canyon Hilltop. We stayed at the Hualapai Lodge which is a nice lodge with a pool and restaurant. If you do stay in Peach Springs try to get there in time to visit the amazing Grand Canyon caverns!

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Havasupai Waterfalls

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Havasu Falls

After an exciting day of hiking into the Grand Canyon to Supai the next morning we set out to hike out past Little Navajo Falls and Havasu Falls to Mooney Falls. Mooney falls is the highest of the Havasupai waterfalls plunging 190 feet into a pool of crystal blue water. Mooney falls is named after a prospector who fell to his death at the waterfall in the 1882. Getting to Mooney falls is an adventure in itself as you have to descend through tunnels in the steep cliff and then use a series of chains and ladders to get to the waterfall and the pools below.

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