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The Lodge at Blue Lakes

For the past years, my husband and I have been driving by Clearlake Oaks everytime we camp at Fort Bragg. I’ve always wanted to stay in one of those cabins or motels by the lake. So, last weekend, we decided to go. We decided to book a room at The Lodge at Blue Lakes because of all the positive reviews that we read. Hmmm…this might become our weekend getaway. I was very excited and have this great expectations about the place. Here’s what I have to say about the place. I will be as fair as possible with my review.
The Lodge at Blue Lakes is located in the town of Upper Lake Ca. It is in a picturesque setting, on the banks of a small lake. There are a lot of boating opportunities, including paddleboats, kayaks and pontoons. A nice bonus is that paying guests get an hour a day of free boating.   It is isolated, so there is a lot of quiet. We were able to negotiate a much lower rate in January. You need to, a lot of the amenities are shut down in the winter. The tradeoff is that very few people are there at that time of the year so we have the place all to ourselves. In summer, you might enjoy this place a little more with so much outdoor activities to do.
The Lodge is a clean place, but just an average motel. You are paying for the views and the atmosphere. The rooms are small, although the bathrooms are large. A nice touch is that  a continental breakfast is brought to your door in the morning. Direct TV and HD flat screens, lots of channels. Don’t pay extra for the room jacuzzi, it only can hold one person. The motel can handle weddings, they have a hall, but I was not impressed enough with management to ever think about it.
Click here and see if the place suits you.

inspired by nature

Picked up my keys…drove up to the mountains

If I didn’t, I would have missed these….

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under
trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky is by no means a waste of time.
                                                                              – J. Lubbuck

Donner Lake

How easy and simple it is to live enjoyably when the simple,
interminable blue of the sky,with its long wisps of white
clouds, become a pleasant thing to behold, a thing of
beauty that thrills you every time you care to look skyward.
                                                                                       -John Schindler

Along I-80 between Sacramento, CA and Reno, NV

There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains
of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night,and
spring after the winter.
                                                                           – Rachel Carson
The Sense of Wonder

The landscape belongs to the person who looks at it.
                                                                       – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Delight in the beauty that surrounds you.

Stop every now and then.  Just stop and enjoy.  Take a deep
breath.  Relax and take in the abundance of life.

Discovering this idyllic place, we find ourselves filled with a
yearning to linger here, where time stands still and beauty

white sand and blue skies

I was going  through my old photos and found these pretty pictures of Panglao Island. I thought about posting them here just to show how beautiful this place is and to give you ideas about a great vacation destination. These photos were taken during my vacation in Philippines last summer.

Let me give a little background about Panglao Island. It is an island in the Philippines located in Central Visayas, part of Bohol Island, east of Cebu. A couple of the island’s popular tourist pursuits are diving and island hopping. It’s also popular because of its pristine beaches. To get there, you can either fly from Manila directly to Tagbilaran City or  from Manila to Cebu then take a 2 hours fast ferry ride from Cebu to Tagbilaran City. From Tagblaran City, it takes  about an hour taxi ride to Panglao Island. There are other interesting places to visit to around Bohol as well. If you have plenty of time I recommend visiting Hinagdanan Falls; Loboc River where you will find the smallest primate, Tarsier or take a tour around the river on a floating restaurant; and enjoy the natural beauty of Chocolate Hills.

I have been to Bohol a couple of times but this was my first time to visit Panglao Island. I made it a  “girls only relaxing vacation”. I took my mom, my niece, and my cousin with me. We had a blast!

The beach has powdery white sand and clear blue water.

We stayed at Dumaluan 2 Beach Resort. It was not a very fancy hotel but for about a hundred dollars suite/ night, it was not bad at all. If money is not an issue, there are a lot of lavish hotels around that ranges from $200- $300/night or more.

Outdoor complimentary breakfast in our hotel restaurant. Those benches and table were made from driftwoods.

Isn’t it mesmerizing?

Nothing like a cold Buko Halo(young coconut) with ice cream covered with chocolate syrup. It’s nice to bring summer to winter. Hey, it’s free to dream 🙂

old town

It’s 50°F, breezy and gloomy. Yes I know it’s only 50° but it really feels like it’s in the low 30’s; however, that didn’t stop me from getting out and making my Saturday delightful. I decided to go to my town’s tourist spot, Old Town Sacramento (dragged my hubby w/ me). It’s quaint and charming, that’s what  I love most about this part of town. If you love to experience history, this is a place to visit. It has a lot of unique shops to walk through and some great places for extraordinary dining experience. If you hate shopping, there’s a railroad museum that you can visit to and take a ride of the steam train that runs along the Sacramento River.

The shops are so alive with colors. The Old City Kites is a very fun place for kids to go. That coat on the upper right side made me really excited until I saw the price 🙂

I wouldn’t miss Evangeline’s Costume Mansion everytime I visit Old Sac. They not only carry costumes but they have weird and unique stuff that you may not find anywhere else. These mugs are too cool but since I promised myself not to spend too much, I found my will power to be too strong to resist these temptations (for now 🙂 ). I was almost tempted to get those fluffy slippers though. Don’t they look comfy?

My husband took pictures of these humorous fridge magnets. He said those were made for me LOL. By the way, the third one says, “if only men are satisfying as shopping for shoes”. Wouldn’t you agree? 🙂

We proceeded to Fat City Bar and Cafe for lunch. This restaurant serves great food and has an old ambiance that’s very charming. The brick wall, stained glass and high ceilings bring old elegance feel to the place. The best part? I was given a free slice of banana lemon pie (to die for) for my birthday (supposedly) which was 2 weeks ago (that was nice of them).

Of course, I wasn’t going to leave without being sugared up :). This place ( I forgot the name), sells all kinds of goodies. They have a wide variety of brittle. I ordered half a pound of macadamia brittle for $16.00/ lb. More than what I wanted to pay.

This is how a sugared up face looks like- smile from cheek to cheek 🙂

We stopped by The Village Hat Shop and I found this colorful and cool hat (above). I don’t know if I should go back for it or not.

I picked this hat instead. I don’t know why but I always end up getting something safe. I guess I’m not that adventurous when it comes to colors (yet).

Overall, it was a fun experience. It’s a great place to spend time with family and friends.

What I’m wearing:

blouse: ross

coat: nordstrom rack

jeans: guess

boots: roxy

bag: coach

scarf: marshalls

Mossbrae Falls

These pictures were taken a few months ago during our trip to Dunsmuir. We visited three different falls in the neighboring area but I am showing only pictures of Mossbrae  as it is my favorite of all.

Mossbrae Falls is located in Dunsmuir, California. It’s a 3 hour drive from Sacramento. This is one of the reasons why I love living in California.

We parked our car on the other side of the railroad tracks and walked along the tracks for about 30   minutes.  I was worried about the train coming.

And it did come. Thankfully, we were on this wide space when it passed by. It was amazing.

It was a rough walk on the train tracks but the view was worth it.

Enjoying the serenity.

Met this little creature on our way back.

 Other falls we visited during that trip was Hedge Creek Falls, also in Dunsmuir; Middle   McCloud Falls located in McCloud, CA