Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Descent into the Grandest Canyon of All!

Join me on the descent to the grandest canyon of all! Even though this article is a posted column on the National Association of Baby Booomer Women’s site, the raft through the Grand Canyon is a journey that can be enjoyed by anyone. All you need to bring on this "bucket list" trip is the right frame of mind and you will return with smile that will last quite some time.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Adventure Travel Writer Linda Ballou Interviewed on Gathering Roads Radio Show

Elaine Masters host of the women’s radio show Gathering Roads interviews adventure-travel writer Linda Ballou. In just 15 minutes you learn what makes Linda want to stretch her limits, and why she is in such a hurry to get to as many beautiful places she can before they are gone. Just in from rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and on her way to the lofty peaks in the San Juan Mountains, she takes time to share her excitement with you.

Listen to the Linda's interview here at Women's Radio

Friday, July 1, 2011

Great Outdoor Day in L.A. #16-Wine Tasting Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains

How Sweet It Is
Vineyards have been springing up all over the Santa Monicas, but are mainly concentrated in the corridor where Kanan Road and Mulholland Highway intersect. It is advisable to get your exercise before visiting the three tasting rooms in close proximity to the trail in Peter Strauss Ranch. The parking lot on Mulholland Highway for the shady .6 mile loop is directly across from The Old Place and the Cornell Winery & Tasting Room. Take the footbridge over Triunfo Creek to the entrance of the Lake Enchanto retreat where you might run into a peacock or two. The trailhead behind the outdoor theater takes you through a mesquite tree tunnel and a forest of stately oaks then loops back to a grove of giant eucalyptus. Free concerts take place here in the summer. (If this is not enough hike for you go my Great Outdoor day # 3 - Reagan Ranch. It also is in the vicinity.)

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