A Short Break

“A vacation is what you take
when you can no longer take
what you’ve been taking.”
Earl Wilson

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In the middle of January, I stopped my daily posting on my blog. The reason was mostly to concentrate my time on other more physical aspects of my life. I have been posting daily for 380 days straight and sitting for hours at my laptop was not healthy for me.

Although I did find myself continuing to comment and like my fellow bloggers posts, I also found out how much I have missed my daily interactions with my fellow bloggers.

It’s becoming difficult to write on a daily basis and keep up with what I want to accomplish daily, so I will not be posting as often. I felt it was time for a much needed and enjoyed short break.

Shine On

The Hallmark Inn

“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.”
Robert Orben

Hallmark Inn Entry

I arrived in Davis at almost 1am Friday. The drive took an extra two hours due to two major car accidents on the 5 Freeway. Just so thankful we made it in one piece.

The Hallmark Inn is a lovely boutique style hotel set right smack in the heart of old downtown Davis. The area is surrounded by great eateries and shopping. So much more different from Southern, California. Northern California feels more like you’re on the east coast, especially this time of year while the tree leaves are beginning to turn color for fall.

Hallmark LobbyThe Hallmark lobby and my room were exactly as they had advertised. At first I was a bit concerned when I heard the Amtrak train come through town in the early morning hours, but I actually enjoy the sound of a train so it doesn’t bother me.

The Inn has a great selection for breakfast, which is complimentary each day from 6:00 am to 10:00 am. Also, was happy to see they offer smoothies on their breakfast fare.

The staff at the Hallmark were friendly, helpful and extremely accommodating. What I really appreciated was the underground parking and no extra charges on the bill like other comparable hotels.

Hallmark Room

The first day in Davis was extremely relaxing and I enjoyed all the great food and shopping. The weather was a perfect mid 70 degrees, which I like.  My son stopped by later in the day to enjoy the pool and exercise room with me.

Hallmark Pool Side

Saturday we plan to visit the Bicycle Museum just two short blocks up the street as well as the wonderful farmers market they offer every Saturday morning right across the street from the Hallmark Inn.

Shine On

Catalina Here I Come

“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.”
Robert Orben

Catalina Here I come

My ride to Catalina will be on the sexy Catalina Express.

Well it is final, tomorrow I leave for Santa Catalina. Not only am I excited about taking a vacation, which I haven’t had in over 15 years, but I’m finally visiting Catalina. A land that I’ve dreamed of once in lullaby. 

Since I was a a child I have wanted to go to Catalina and Avalon. Through the years I have had numerous opportunities to visit Catalina, but never went because the only two options to reach Catalina are by helicopter or by boat: I’m scared to death of helicopters and I get seasickness on boats. But, last year I discovered I no longer get sick when I ride in a boat. You might say, I found my sea legs.

So, I’ve packed all my good reads, my laptop, camera, iPad, my banjo and my hiking boots. Six days of reading, writing, photography, playing my banjo, and exploring beautiful Catalina.

Catalina here I come!

Shine On