Huntington Library, Art, and Gardens by da-AL

da-AL at The Huntington, sitting on a bench in rose garden

What better way is there to celebrate a special occasion than with an all-day excursion of gorgeous weather, strolling an array of gardens that span rainforest to desert and Japanese to Australian to more, seeing the worlds’s stinkiest (and amusingly phallic) plant, eating international fare, admiring fine art museums, and ending it all with a high tea?

My honey and I spent our special day at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (a collections-based educational and research institution) located in San Marino, California. Tap photos for captions…

da-AL and her honey having high tea at The Huntington

What’s your favorite way to celebrate a special day?

Guest Blog Post: 1st Date by Charlie

Charlie & new friend!

Discovery and joy, tension and delight — falling into friendship can be as heady for me as falling in love.

How is new friendship for you?

“Minutes of talking to her makes me feel happy. Then, later on, we’re friends,” shares blogger/photographer/graphic designer Charlie of the Philippines…

Interesting World

Do you still remember your first date? Do you still remember your first impression to him or her? Do you still remember the feelings?

January 19, I met this girl at not too far away land. She is a vendor of pastries in our town. Minutes of talking to her makes me feel happy. Then later on, we’re friends.

Meet Abby. She is so energetic and full of stories. Yes, she is younger than me. She is working at the bakery in our town.

Today January 24, is our first date ever. I took her at Onyang and Fiorgelato.

She able finish it all. She is so happy and very satiafied to our first date. For only 3$ you can have this all.

She said “I want to bring my sister here. It has big serving yet the price too cheap. Unlike other big restaurant out there. Too expensive but…

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Guest Blog Post: “Preparation Tips for the Road Trip of Your Dreams,” in the exact words of Julie Morris

What’s not to love about vacations, right? For me, they’re all the better with my dogs!

Here are blogger Julie Morris’ hints for car adventures…

Photo thanks to Pixabay.

Every year, millions of Americans take road trips. If you’re considering one, these tips will help you prepare.

  1. Plan Ahead

Make sure you have a solid itinerary. Compile a list of places you’d like to visit, and then chart them out on a map. Come up with a route that hits all your spots as efficiently as possible. Set a target mileage or destination for each day, and plan where you’ll stop to rest and get gas and food.

  1. Pack Smart

If you’re visiting a variety of climates, pack clothing for each weather condition. Pack a first aid kit as well as a spare tire, tire changing kit, and air pump. To minimize the amount of stops you’ll need to make, pack enough food and water to last at least a day, and load up on a new supply daily.

  1. When Travelling With Dogs

Be sure to prepare your vehicle for pets. Ensure your dog’s well-being by investing in a safety harness or travel crate. Factor Fido into where you go and how often you stop, and know which rest stops and campgrounds are dog-friendly. Pack enough food and bottled water to keep your pet happy. Of course, if you’re leaving Fido behind, be sure to leave him with a caring, reputable dog boarding service.

  1. Before You Leave

Ensure everything is in order before leaving home. Make a checklist for the day you leave; check that everything is packed, and make sure there are no unnecessary electronics running that will drain your electricity while you’re gone.

Lastly, remember: when it comes to epic road trips, it’s not about the destination, but the journey itself. So, what are you waiting for? The road is waiting!

About the author, in her own words: Ms. Morris is a life and career coach who strives to help others live the best lives that they can. She believes she can relate to clients who feel run over by life because of her own experiences. She spent years in an unfulfilling career in finance before deciding to help people in other ways. Find out more about her at juliemorris.org. Here and here are a couple of her other posts for Happiness Between Tails.

An Unplanned Honeymoon: a video by da-AL

How to not plan your honeymoon and have the best one ever! The Toastmasters assignment required me to ‘get personal,’ so here’s my speech…

 

Do prefer unplanned or planned?