California Dreaming: Tom and Tracy’s California Journal

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From The Maitai Vault

What’s great here in the Golden State? There are some stops in California that demand extra time and energy to explore.  Others require just a quick stop.  That’s what we’re here to do.  From magnificent museums to gorgeous settings to events unique to our great state…and even a fork in the road…this section gives you a unique cross section of California, and the places you should spend some time exploring while visiting.  My most recent posts are at the top as we keep adding places that we travel, and add additional information to spots we revisit more frequently.  Hopefully this will give you some ideas on what to see in our great state.


May 26, 2020

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden – Arcadia

Gorgeous Global Garden … And Peacocks, Too! Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden – Arcadia Visited: May 2020 Thankfully, now that outdoor museums and gardens have opened, Tracy and I can escape our home to visit gorgeous environs, some located very near to where we live.  One such slice […]
August 28, 2019

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (European Art Edition) – San Marino

Home Sweet Art Gallery Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (European Art Edition) – San Marino Last Visit: August 2019 Since we have already taken an extensive tour of the Botanical Gardens (in a previous post), on this excursion to the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens we’ll […]
August 6, 2019

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition – Garden Grove

Renaissance Man Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition – Garden Grove (EXHIBITION CLOSED) Visited: May 2019 On an evening in Southern California (not Roma, or specifically Vatican City), Tracy asked (quite out of the blue), “Why don’t we visit the Sistine Chapel this weekend?” While I looked on perplexed (quite normal for […]
June 19, 2019

Golden Gate Park – San Francisco

Three Countries In Three Hours Golden Gate Park – San Francisco While visiting San Francisco, my buddy Kim said, “How’d you like to visit three countries in the next few hours?” Not having brought my passport, I didn’t think it would be possible, but Kim told me not to worry.  […]
May 28, 2019

Grace Cathedral – San Francisco

Bay Area Treasure Grace Cathedral – San Francisco Visited: May 2019 During the April 2019 fire at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, I learned that San Francisco and Paris are Sister Cities, and that Grace Cathedral was constructed in Notre-Dame’s same French-Gothic style.  What I didn’t know was that a section […]
April 30, 2019

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (Garden Edition) – San Marino

The Indoor/Outdoor Museum Experience Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (Garden Edition) – San Marino Last Visit: March/April 2019 With the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino (just south of Pasadena) celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019, I thought it would be a good time […]
April 3, 2019

Valley Relics Museum – Van Nuys

A Trip Back Through Time Valley Relics Museum – Van Nuys The Valley Relics Museum has long been on our radar to visit, and luckily our procrastination (I’m a pro when it comes to that) turned out to our advantage because this unusual museum recently relocated to a space more […]
March 5, 2019

The Getty Villa – Pacific Palisades

Antiquities With An Ocean View The Getty Villa – Pacific Palisades Last Visit: February 2019 Situated atop a hill in Pacific Palisades with commanding views of the Pacific Ocean lies a seaside villa housing one of the greatest collections of antiquities in the United States.  Tracy and I had visited […]
October 27, 2018

Mount Wilson Observatory – Mount Wilson

Hail Hale! Mount Wilson Observatory – Mount Wilson Tracy and I had talked about visiting the Mt. Wilson Observatory on numerous occasions. However, we wanted to wait for a clear day to make the trek up Angeles Crest Highway in the San Gabriel Mountains to see it.  This being Los […]
September 14, 2018

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) – San Francisco

Modern Times San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) – San Francisco Visited: August 2018 While not exactly connoisseurs of Modern Art, Kim and I were offered tickets to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) from his daughter, who also happens to be a member and big fan […]
August 28, 2018

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum – Yorba Linda

“I’m Not A Crook!” Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum – Yorba Linda Visited:  August 2018 When Tracy asked me what museum I wanted to visit recently, I answered, “Nixon’s the one!”  We had visited the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum five years ago on the 100th birthday anniversary […]
July 6, 2018

Angels Flight Railway – Los Angeles

Taking Flight Angels Flight Railway – Los Angeles Tracy and I had not visited Angels Flight Railway since 2010, a time long ago when I was skinnier, had darker hair and actually not embarrassed to wear San Diego Padres gear in public.  Angels Flight has an interesting, and even tragic, […]
April 18, 2018

King Tut Los Angeles: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

“He Gave His Life For Tourism” King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh – Los Angeles (EXHIBITION CLOSED) Visited: April 2018: Although no “condo made of stone-a” could be found, Tracy and I recently had the opportunity to witness more than 150 ancient Egyptian artifacts from the tomb of the […]
April 2, 2018

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Tour – Pasadena/La Cañada Flintridge

… Where No Spacecraft Has Gone Before! Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Tour – Pasadena/La Cañada Flintridge Visited: March 2018 One can’t talk about the “Space Age” without including the major accomplishments and innovations created by the brilliant minds at Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s research facility.  That’s why I was so […]
March 8, 2018

Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park

I Am Woman! Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park – Richmond Visited: February 2018 On a drive from Southern California to Bodega Bay, our route took us over the San Rafael Bridge.  We diverted a few exits short of the bridge to check out a museum I had […]
February 28, 2018

Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park/Vallejo’s Petaluma Adobe – Petaluma

Beware The Pear! Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park/Vallejo’s Petaluma Adobe – Petaluma Like so many visits to our friends Kim and Mary in Bodega Bay, the four of us used the weekend to hike along the beautiful Sonoma Coast …                     […]