The road to Mount Rainier

It was late-May and we were in the SeaTac area. With Winter behind us and a good part of Spring too, it seemed like a fairly good time to squeeze in a drive to Mt. Rainier. So we drove South for a bit and left I-5S to drive into Spanaway … Read>>

Carmel | Quite a storybook town

Carmel is like a picture you would see on a cover of an English classic: of a brightly painted door or an wood-framed window peeping out of a green facade of shrubs and creepers decked with flowers. Take a walk around the town and you see brick house here, an … Read>>

Vistas from California’s ‘Devil Mountain’

Several Springs ago, we had driven to the top of Mt. Hamilton and seen Santa Clara Valley from a height of 4,200 odd feet. Then last Fall, in what was like a follow-up trip, we drove up the same range, this time to the top of Hamilton’s little brother Mt. … Read>>

Solvang: A Danish Fairytale

Solvang is one of those places that made me feel like I was in the middle of a fairy tale. To say, ‘in the middle of a Hans Christian Andersen story’ would be just the perfect way to put it. Picture this setting: Me (and the kids and the husband … Read>>

Astoria: Charming, picturesque and historical

Our trip to Astoria, Oregon started at Vancouver, Washington.  Now, anybody who is familiar with the Portland-Vancouver Area will tell you that you just have to cross the river and you will find yourself in the neighbouring state. True, but this time we had to take Interstate 5 and drive … Read>>

Royal Gorge| The grand canyon of the Arkansas

 When we were planning our Colorado trip, one attraction we were particularly attracted to was the Royal Gorge in Cañon City. There seemed to be a lot to see and do at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. We were travelling with my ‘bestie’ and her family and it seemed like … Read>>

600-odd steps, a colossal monolith and delightful views

Just as summer temperatures were beginning to take over the really-short spring season that the Indian subcontinent gets, we decided to hit what I’d like to call ‘Karnataka’s Sculptural Triangle just a stone’s throw from Bengaluru. Ok, that might seem like a little bit of an exaggeration but Shravanabelagola, Belur and … Read>>

Another beach, an island and a beach on the island

Up next, was Malpe Beach. Malpe is around 50 kilometres south of Maravanthe. But as we drove down Edapally-Panvel Highway, this time, it felt like our destination was farther away than we thought it was. It was only when I looked up the map on my phone that I realised … Read>>

One really Faithful Geyser, this

Napa is almost synonymous with wine. Step into Napa Valley and you’ll lose count of the number of vineyards and wineries you will see. It had been a while since I had been to California’s wine country and it was beckoning to me but as I was going through a … Read>>

Gokarna | A temple town and beach town rolled into one charismatic zone

Famous. Famous for its beaches. Famous for its holy sites. Famous of its international travellers. Gokarna, seems to be one of those places where everybody-who-has-heard-of-it wants to visit; and everybody who has visited it, wants to go again. For us it had been on the cards for a while. One … Read>>