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"Club Mud" at Glen Ivy Spa

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TBP 0015: Feel Los Angeles – It’s All About The Vibe

Posted on 07 September 2013 by Leslie Lello

"Club Mud" at Glen Ivy Spa

“Club Mud” at Glen Ivy Spa

Whenever I would meet non-American travelers at the hostel in Flagstaff that were working their way across the country, I would ask if they were going to go to Los Angeles. I could give them tips about the city because I lived there for 7 years.

Most of the international travelers I met said that they were skipping Los Angeles. At first I thought that was odd, but then I realized that there really are very few major landmarks in that city that do NOT relate to the movie or entertainment business.

The natural landscape in Los Angeles is wonderful, but there are so many great natural spots in California that that really isn’t a draw for L.A.

So Why Should You Go to Los Angeles?

To feel it. Taste it.

That’s weird, huh?

It’s an intangible something that makes Los Angeles special.

There’s nothing in particular to see, but you should still travel to Los Angeles. If that makes sense. It’s an experience. It’s a phenomena. Even if you’re not into movies, a town build on the business of entertainment makes for a pretty odd scene.

Listen to this week’s podcast to learn more.

Even if you are not a movie buff, there a places to go that will be fun.

These are the places I go when I am in town. TBP 0015 has a lot more detail on these locations.

Places I Visit When Traveling to Los Angeles (TBP 0015 Podcast Notes)

Disney and the amusement parks (feel)
Great spas: Glen Ivy (feel)
Eat food traditionally made for high-maintenance people. (taste)
Hiking in Franklin Canyon (*See)
Hiking in Runyon Canyon (this is where young Hollywood goes) (*See)
Sit in a coffeehouse (taste)
Hollywood Farmer’s market (taste)
Cruise the Sunset Strip – hang out at Barney’s Beanery or Chateau Marmont (taste/feel)
Bel Air Hotel – Bellinis or coffee. Piano bar. Walk the grounds.
Massage at Santa Monica Massage School
Afloat sushi in Pasadena (Nobu in Malibu if you have the budget)
Paradise Cove is a great beach: pricy but not with a group. $40 for the day. $20 to walk in. $6 with cafe validation. Paradise Cove Beach cafe is a little pricy but not outrageous and the food is good with decent portions.
Best Beaches are in San Diego or on the way to San Diego. Or north of LA toward Ventura county.

DO NOT GO TO DOWNTOWN LA. THERE IS NOTHING THERE. (Well, the garment district can be interesting, but not worth hitting up if you have limited time in L.A.)

Show Notes and Links:


Glen Ivy Spa

Glen Ivy entrance fee is $46. I remember it as less expensive because there is occasionally a half price deal, and that’s when I used to go.

TreePeople

Franklin Canyon

Magic Mountain

Disneyland

CORRECTION: Legoland is closer to San Diego than Los Angeles

Runyon Canyon

Santa Monica Stairs

Hollywood Farmer’s Market


Bel Air Hotel

California Healing Arts (I referred to it as Santa Monica Massage School in the Podcast)

Afloat Sushi
– I didn’t find their website but I forgot to mention that you should take your time ordering so that you can watch the sushi chef and see what has just been made and pick that as your meal. You can also make requests. Some of the things float around for a long time and that isn’t as tasty. I also did a bit of research and their inspection score is only so-so. I never had a problem, nor did any of my friends who have been going there longer than I have, but I also wanted to let you know just in case you decide to check it out.

Paradise Cove, Malibu

$40 for the day. $20 to walk in. $6 with cafe validation. Paradise Cove Beach cafe is a little pricy but not outrageous and the food is good with decent portions.

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TBP 0013 Travel Vermont: Four Wonderful Seasons

Posted on 24 August 2013 by Leslie Lello

TRAVEL VERMONT Grand Summit Hotel at Mt. Snow Vermont during the Winter X Games

Grand Summit Hotel at Mt. Snow Vermont during the Winter X Games

Most people travel Vermont in the fall because of the foliage, or during winter to go skiing.

What many people don’t know is that Vermont is a place that supports outdoor activities year round. It is definitely a state that focuses on getting out and appreciating nature, no matter what the season or weather is like.

So whatever season you find yourself in Vermont, this podcast will help you get some vacation ideas for enjoying scenery.

TRAVEL VERMONT  – TBP 0013 Pocast Notes:

ALWAYS
Shopping! Outlets in Manchester and quaint towns – in the south BRATTLEBORO, BENNINGTON, WILMINGTON.  Burlington in the north.
Spas and Retreats
Farms and excellent food
Scenic Drives (except for times in winter when roads are treacherous or Spring when roads can be too muddy)

Winter
skiing and snowboarding
snowshoeing
Indoor yoga
cross country ski
snowmobiling
Snow Tubing

Spring

Spring Skiing/Snowbarding in Early Spring
Golf (Later Spring)
Cycling (road)- maybe downhill biking later
Some hiking later in spring
The roads can be VERY MUDDY!

Summer
Swimming in pools
Swimming in lakes and reservoirs
GOLF is in “full swing”
Kayaking & Canoeing
Downhill and road biking
Hiking
Camping
Tennis
Volleyball
Waterskiing

Fall
*Foliage* First half of October, but make reservations early! Get an areal view from a chairlift or go for a scenic drive.
Hiking
Golf early in fall
Cycling (road)


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TBP 0010: Better Pet Travel

Posted on 03 August 2013 by Leslie Lello

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I didn’t even think about pet travel when I got my first dog, but after my first trip through the desert from Flagstaff, Arizona to Venice, California, I realized that traveling with a pet takes more thought than just throwing Fido in the back seat and giving him a potty break half way to your destination.

If you don’t have a pet, some of the things I say in this podcast might relate to traveling with kids.  I don’t have kids, but I’m sure the same amount of preparation goes into baby humans as it does for baby animals.

Some of the topics I cover in the TBP0010 “Better Pet Travel” include: preparation and packing, lodging, visiting friends, driving, flying, restaurants, play and relaxation.

Three important things that I didn’t mention in my pet travel podcast:

1. Some states have seat-belt laws for dogs.  In New Jersey, if you don’t have your dog in a restraining harness when he or she is riding in the car, you could get a ticket. Plus, you always should have your dog restrained anyway because it is dangerous for both of you to not have your pet secured in some way.  I was driving 30 miles per hour with my dog, Buddha, when I first got him and he was not in a restraint.  I had to stop short and he bumped into the dashboard somewhat hard.  He’s had harder hits running into other dogs at dog parks, but it was enough to catch my attention and from that day on he was in a harness that attaches to the seat-belt of my car.

2. Regarding hotel stays with your dog: a lot of places require you to crate your dog if he or she is left alone in the room. Some don’t even allow you to leave the dog or cat alone in the room.  A crate comes in handy when leaving the animal, but is a huge pain in the butt to lug  into the hotel and takes up a lot of room in a vehicle.  I used a crate when my dog was a puppy, but as he got older I knew I could trust him if I stepped out for a short while, like going to the breakfast bar in the hotel.  I never bring a crate with me now, but I can’t recommend that to people with dogs that can be rambunctious indoors.

3. Always clean up after your dog – both inside and out.  If your dog shreds toys like mine does, pick up a majority of the fuzzes before you leave the hotel.  And always pick up your dog droppings – they attract rodents if you do not and nobody likes to walk their dog in the middle of a minefield filled with poopbombs.

Haha… I actually use the term “pet peeve” in this podcast.

Pet Travel Links:

Bring Fido: http://www.bringfido.com/

Trips With Pets: http://www.tripswithpets.com/

Go Pet Friendly: http://www.gopetfriendly.com/

Travel Pets: http://www.travelpets.com/

Luv My Pet for Affordable Pet Vaccinations (which are often required if you decide to board your pet in a kennel rather than take him or her with you): http://www.luvmypet.com/

Happy Travels!

Leslie
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NAB 2013 in Las Vegas, my hotel room at Polo Towers

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TBP 0008: Las Vegas – Avoiding the Traps in the Most Touristy City in the World

Posted on 20 July 2013 by Leslie Lello

NAB 2013 in Las Vegas, my hotel room at Polo Towers

NAB 2013 in Las Vegas, my hotel room at Polo Towers

I had a rough time planning trips for Las Vegas the first few times.  I had always gone with people that were familiar with the city, so when it was my time to plan, I was surprised when I realized how little I knew.

But now that I am a more savvy traveler and actually lived in Vegas for a while, I can give you the scoop on how to do it with greater ease, save money and find some places that are off the strip that you wouldn’t know to visit if you hadn’t heard it here.

TB 0008: Las Vegas Podcast Links

Las Vegas People Mover/Train Monorail: http://www.lvmonorail.com/

HACIENDA HOTEL in Boulder City (toward AZ) FOR GOOD ACCESS TO LAKE MEAD, HIKING AND HOOVER DAM. (AND A HELICOPTER RIDE) There is one hotel out by Hoover dam that is nice and inexpensive with helicopter rides at $29. That might be good if you are not drinking and are doing sight seeing outside of Vegas
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60881-d91585-Reviews-or10-Hacienda_Hotel_Casino-Boulder_City_Nevada.html

Hoover Dam: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/

PRIMM!  www.primmvalleyresorts.com

SKY MANIA!!! On the outskirts of Las Vegas on the Henderson side.  If you have a car, it’s worth going out there. This was my favorite thing to do in vegas.
http://www.skymaniatrampolines.com/

Stuff I forgot to say in the Podcast:

*** PET TRAVEL: DON’T BRING A DOG.  they charge a lot for dogs ($50/day typically), and aren’t you going to be partying too much to remember to walk your little pup?
*** Cabs can take longer than walking because there is so much traffic on the strip. Sometimes it is faster to walk.
Happy Travels!

 

Leslie Lello

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Redwood Forest, Garberville to Eureka, CA - Avenue of Giants

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TBP 0007: The Redwood Forest’s Sacred Peace and Beauty

Posted on 13 July 2013 by Leslie Lello

This week I was talking with a friend who travels a lot but has never been to the Redwood Forest in Northern California.

I had so much fun telling him what he he MUST do there, that I decided that would be a great Better Traveling show!

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The redwood forest is tied with Sedona for my favorite place on earth, so I had a lot of fun making this podcast!

I have presented the information as a road trip from Southern California or San Francisco, but you can rent a car from Southern Oregon and go the opposite direction.

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(Side Note: There are redwoods near San Francisco but those are not the ones that we are going to talk about today.)

REDWOOD FOREST LINKS:

http://avenueofthegiants.net/: Avenue of Giants is where the southern redwoods are of Humboldt County. It is essentially Rt 101, which leads to the biggies on the coast, which are my favorite,  but you could spend ages exploring the Avenue of Giants just in itself.

Going to Shelter Cove is not part of the Avenue of Giants, but still beautiful. I stayed in a Best Western in Garberville and then moved on to Eureka and Crescent City for the next couple evenings. It took me a full day to get to Eureka and then another full day to get to Crescent City.

Garberville can be pricy in terms of hotels.  If you are into camping, there are some good ones in the Avenue.

http://avenueofthegiants.net/Zoom/map.htm

Eureka is the other end of the Avenue of Giants.  You will arrive to Eureka before you get to Crescent City.  They have good restaurants and hotels. They also have a great natural foods co-op, cute shopping, and a few historical landmarks.

YOU MAY WANT TO STOP THERE IF IT IS GETTING DARK SO THAT YOU DON’T MISS ANYTHING AWESOME AS YOU DRIVE IN THE DARK. The next leg of the trip is also beautiful and along the water… It’s very beautiful and you miss all that beauty at night because it is very dark.
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http://www.treesofmystery.net/ looks like a tourist trap which it is but it’s worth the stop. Take a gondola through the forest with several trees highlighted on the way to the gondola and a beautiful look out at the top of the mountain. You can hike down if you like.

Between Trees of Mystery and Crescent city there are a lot of little turn offs to go explore and lookout points along the coast.

One of my favorite spots is the REDWOOD HOSTEL which is closed for renovations right now. Across from the Redwood Hostel is a parking lot which a beautiful spot to watch a sunset over the water.

http://www.redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=4583  This is a link to an article about “10 must see trees”, but once you are in the area you will see so many amazing and huge trees that, to me, it didn’t matter whether I got to see every one on this list. Trees of Mystery had a lot of big ones.

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http://www.redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=2464&source=Favorites
The drive through trees were ok, and this is the link that tells you about it. I did it my third time there, with my mom, but we also needed to have lunch and it was a good place to picnic. Not terribly expensive. Small cars only. There are a few of drive through (“Drive-thru”) trees. We did Chandler Tree.

REDWOOD FOREST TRAILS:
http://www.redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=3637
Trails. Many are accessible only by dirt road and if there are heavy rains these roads get washed away. These roads are narrow, but worth going if you can deal with being inches from the side of a road that drops off rather severely and slides around because of mud.

Lady Bird Johnson Trail
http://www.redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=3637

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is dirt road accessible with many trails leading off the sides. My favorite area in the redwoods.

Boyscout trail is one of my favorites 5 miles. Go with a friend.

Stout grove is about a half mile . Brought my mom there and she loved it.

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RULES for Visiting the Redwood Forest:

  • Every time you walk on the ground it can disturb the root system so walk gently and do not tread anywhere that has been blocked off
  • Don’t climb down trees because there is a whole fertile ecosystem on ever inch of down tree that serves the rest of the community
  • Obviously  no litter and don’t take anything or cut anything
  • Always hike with other people.

 

Save the Redwoods League:

www.savetheredwoods.org/
http://rcci.savetheredwoods.org/ This page discusses the effect of climate change on the redwood forest.

 

Happy Travels!

Leslie

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Snake Near the water at Celery Farm Allendale New Jersey Bergen

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(Video) The Celery Farm of Allendale, New Jersey (Bergen County, New Jersey Travel)

Posted on 26 June 2013 by Leslie Lello

 

During my podcast about New Jersey travel a couple of weeks ago, I talked about the little places and bits of nature that you don’t really expect in New Jersey because it is so close to New York.

It’s places like The Celery Farm that make the Garden State THE GARDEN STATE.

On the way home from the Ramsey Farmer’s Market,  I stopped at this nature preserve in Allendale, New Jersey and made a video about it.

Worth checking out if you are in the area and in the mood to hang out in nature.

Happy Travels!

Ramblin Gal

PS: Sorry about some shaky camera movement. I wasn’t expecting to take any videos that day, so I didn’t have my tripod with me.

 

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