June 15-20, 2022: San Diego, California. Prepare to share our epic experiences that will include parasailing above the Pacific Ocean, an up-close-and-personal whale watching adventure, and classic sailing.
July 21-25, 2022: Orlando, Florida. CEO Paul Hardersen will conduct open water scuba diving training and complete his diving certification.
We are beginning the new year of 2022 with hope, optimism, and a desire to get back out into the world. In early February, we set off to California on our “Desert-to-Ocean Trek” and we traveled from Tucson, Arizona, to Santa Monica, California.
Our first stop was at Wonder Valley Hot Springs, near 29 Palms, California, just off Highway 62. This is a great desert getaway to rest, relax, and explore the surrounding area — including nearby Joshua Tree, California. Our residence at the Ocotillo House at Wonder Valley was nicely furnished, comfortable, and accented with Bali furniture and furnishings. However, the best part (by far!) was the granite hot tub in the back yard that was fed by hot springs waters. Wow! The setting is serene, peaceful, and a wonderful place to recharge and refresh.
Next stop: Santa Monica, California, and — the ocean! We stayed at the Bayside Hotel, just a rock’s throw away from the beach and also close to Santa Monica Pier. For two glorious days, we walked the beach, explore the Pier, had some great meals (at The Lobster and Bubba Gump’s), and went on a whale watching cruise from Dock 52 at Marina del Ray.
The Beginning: First big trip since the COVID-19 pandemic began
October 3-8, 2021. We’ve all rather had enough. The pandemic has made us all kind of weary in so many ways. As we are building a young travel company, however, we are now beginning to travel again as we think maybe, just maybe, the pandemic will be ending soon. We can already say that this trip reminds us that travel is good for the heart and the mind. This is our first trip: round-trip Tucson to Phoenix to Palm Spring and back. We rocked out with Alanis Morrissette in Phoenix. We glamped in Joshua Tree, California, and had a massive nighttime thunderstorm. We luxed it up at Hotel California, Palm Springs, CA. A truly amazing experience at every locale. This … is just the beginning!
Garbage in concert
After Cat Power, Garbage rocked the venue with their classic 90s hits. Rebels through and through — love them!
Glamping in Joshua Tree
Our one night in a yurt in Joshua Tree, California, could not have been more epic. The evening had good weather as we cooked dinner, checked out the area, and heard the nearby sheep (we thought they’d visit us!). Fast forward to 2 am and the beginning of a massive five-hour thunderstorm in the desert. Wow!
Hotel California and its amenities
We had a room just a few steps away from the pool and hot tub, where we spent much of our time. The hotel used to be a mission many decades ago and is decorated with Spanish tiles everywhere. The staff, service, and facilities are excellent.
Cat Power in concert
Cat Power was the lead singer for the Alanis Morrisette concert. There’s a very smooth, bluesy feel to her music.
Alanis Morrissette in concert
The Alanis tour was celebrating 25 years of the Jagged Little Pill album. She didn’t disappoint and the crowd loved it!
Joshua Tree National Park
While in Joshua Tree, we visited Joshua Tree National Park. The scenery and landscape was amazing — a mix of the unique botany of the Joshua Tree with the stunning igneous rock geology surrounding everything. Plus springs galore and trails to explore — highly recommend a visit here.
Hotel California, Palm Springs
The relaxing part of the trip was definitely our time at Hotel California, Palm Springs, California. A small, unique, boutique hotel where you check in, but you may never want to check out!