Jun 272012

I spent a beautiful sunny day sightseeing, shopping, strolling, dining (amazing food) and beach-going with family in Cape May, NJ this week.  What a unique and gorgeous town, with stunning Victorian architecture and loads of artsy charm.  If you haven’t yet visited this little gem of a beach town, I suggest adding it to your list of spots to visit.  

Jun 212012

Oracle Founder and CEO Larry Ellison is set to purchase 98% of the Hawaiian island of Lanai, according to Hawaii’s Governor Neil Abercrombie.

Here are some things you may not know about this quaint & exclusive piece of paradise-

-The island has no traffic lights

-It is only 9 miles from Maui, yet it feels like a different world

-Lanai is the smallest inhabited island in Hawaii

-Total island size is 140 sq. miles

-The island is home to one of the largest pods of spinner dolphins in the world

-Lanai has 2 resorts and 2 golf courses

-Humpback whales are regularly seen off Lanai’s shores from December through May

-Known as the Pineapple Island, Lanai once produced 75% of the world’s pineapples

View from Lanai – Photo from Wikipedia

I’ve been to Kauai (which I loved), but I haven’t yet made it to Lanai.  What is your favorite Hawaiian island?

Jun 172012









Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads around the world.

You are the reason I love the outdoors, mountains, lakes and rivers.  And the reason why I don’t mind getting dirt under my fingernails.

You are the reason that I can grow a tomato.

You are the reason that I love animals – from cute little kitties to outdoor creepy crawlies.

Thanks for being you and for making me, Me.

Jun 082012

Today is World Oceans Day – a celebration of our planet’s oceans and a chance to promote awareness of ocean conservation.

Here are some ways to celebrate and get involved.

  • Attend one of the World Oceans Day events around the world.
  • Wear Blue, Tell Two – Wear Blue to raise awareness for ocean conservation.  Tell your friends and family why you are wearing blue, and share two facts about our ocean or two ways they can help protect it.
  • Sponsor or host an aquatic clean up.

Here are my two ideas for helping to protect our ocean.

  1. Host a sustainable seafood dinner, and hand out the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s seafood watch pocket guide to your guests.
  2. Don’t turn our oceans into a dump.  Purchase products without plastic packaging.  Recycle your plastics. Pick up plastic bags left as trash on the beach or floating in the ocean.

What are your two ideas?