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January 16, 2019

Lake Havasu Balloon Festival

Day 1 – Lake Havasu City To say this tour was “uplifting” might sound a little corny, but it certainly did exceed everyone’s expectations, including my own.  The festival and the balloons were pure magic.  We arrived in Lake Havasu …

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January 3, 2019

2-day Rose Parade & New Year’s Eve Celebration

Day 1- Seeing the Tournament of Roses Rose Parade is one of those “bucket list” items that should be on everyone’s list.  It can definitely be daunting with the huge crowds, extra early wake up, traffic and parking issues and …

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Ringing in 2019 at the World-Famous Rose Parade in Pasadena

Growing up it was a family tradition to watch the Tournament of Roses parade every New Years Day.  We would all gather around the television inside our toasty house while the weather outside was freezing, and usually snowing!  I have …

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December 27, 2018

A Vintage Christmas at Hearst Castle

DAY 1 – SANTA BARBARA I always enjoy guiding tours to California’s scenic central coast, especially when the tour includes a visit to Hearst Castle during the holiday season.  Our journey today took us along highway 101 through Calabasas and …

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December 26, 2018

Christmastime on San Antonio’s River Walk

Day 1 – Traveling to the Lone Star State According to both Mark Twain and Will Rogers, “there are only four unique cities in America: Boston, New Orleans, San Francisco, and San Antonio.” Although I’ve been to San Antonio before, …

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December 17, 2018

The Lettermen Christmas Show at Cerritos Center

It was one of the best Daytripper Tours I’ve led all year!  It was “The Lettermen Christmas Show at the Cerritos Center.”  You remember The Lettermen, right?  The trio with the harmonizing voices who first hit the charts in 1961 …

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Christmas Lights & Gondolas

Buon Natale or Merry Christmas (in Italian!)  My 35 DayTripper Tour guests certainly felt like they were celebrating the holidays in Italy on our recent tour to Naples (California) for a gondola getaway. It was a trip worth waiting for …

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December 7, 2018

“The Perfect Christmas” at the Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre

It was a rare rainy day in Southern California, but we didn’t let the rain dampen our Christmas spirit!  It actually turned out to be a great day to be inside at the cozy Candlelight Pavilion where we enjoyed their …

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December 5, 2018

A Day of Holiday Trains

We began our day of railroad adventure with a scenic train ride aboard the Amtrak from Oceanside to Fullerton.  We enjoyed comfortable seating with coffee and pastries. As we traveled north, hugging the coast, the ocean views were breathtaking! I …

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December 4, 2018

2018 International Tamale Festival in Indio

I was excited, once again, to be guiding one of DayTripper Tour’s annual pilgrimages to the International Tamale Festival in Indio.   This year’s tour was very popular as we were one of two buses, totaling nearly 100 passengers! One of …

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