California Academy of Sciences San Francisco

The California Academy of Sciences is a glorious mash-up of aquarium, gardens, geography, science and early history museums. It’s great for everyone from toddlers to adults, and it’s my favourite tourist attraction in San Francisco. The Academy is split over several levels: The Rainforest, the Aquarium, the Galapagos Islands, the Earthquake Zone, the Rooftop Garden, […]

The Hilton San Francisco Financial District

We used our HHonours points to stay at The Hilton in San Francisco’s Final District, the cheaper of the two Hiltons in San Francisco. Being frequent travellers, we’ve stayed at the Hilton for the membership rewards. It’s paid off in the long-term for us, providing free nights in Las Vegas, San Francisco and New Zealand. We’ve […]

Monterey Bay Aquarium California

Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the most beautiful aquariums I’ve ever been in. The architecture is stunning and it’s set right on the Pacific Ocean, featuring both indoor and outdoor exhibits. The marine-life enclosures are humane, and the main benefactors of the aquarium, David and Lucile Packard, are animal conservationists, working closely to preserve the marine population. […]

The Stranger Side of Travel

Hello from Saskatchewan, readers! We’re posting on Friday instead of Thursday in the Northern Hemisphere due to a fantastic storm yesterday and a terrible internet connection. This will be a short one just to share our latest blog post over at Dave’s Travel Corner The Stranger Side of Travel. If you know me, South Nomad, well, […]

Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch Park California

There’s an Australian short story about dinosaurs lurking in the Canberra hills. I remember it vividly from my childhood, and I think it was in a collection of stories called Dreamtime. A pre-teen boy suffers from insomnia. He roams the streets of his Canberran suburb at night, and discovers that the grassy hills surrounding Canberra […]

Peggy Sue’s 50s Diner California

Peggy Sue’s 50s Diner is not haute cuisine. It doesn’t come close to fine dining. Let’s get that straight from the outset. It’s closer to what you’d find the Winchester brothers eating in, with Dean stuffing his face full of cheeseburgers. Except in Supernatural, Elvis would probably leap off the wall and try to eat […]

Natural Bridges Vallecito California

One day I’ll write a post about the places you never need to visit in America. There’s far too many “10 places you need to visit” listicles already, but no one ever looks at the unpleasant side of travel. No one warns you about the places you don’t want to visit. Delhi will be pretty high on […]

Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas

  We saw a heart-warming display of  human kindness and empathy in Palo Duro Canyon in Texas. With over 30 miles of hiking, biking, and horse tracks to choose from, on this occasion we hiked the Lighthouse Trail. It’s a two hour, one way, moderate hike. The website comes with the ominous warning for this hike: […]