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Tahiti Iti

We had been looking for an offshore cruising sailboat for awhile when we discovered one for sale in Tahiti. It had a great layout and seemed like the perfect boat for our family. Both kids would have their own stateroom and it satisfied other technical requirements we desired including a center cockpit. So, we made an offer and hopped on a plane to go see Bella Vita, a 53′ Pearson sailboat 4115 miles away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

We previously sailed French Polynesia…

Santa Rosa Commercial Photography

I recently traveled to Santa Rosa to do some doctor portraits for Santa Rosa St Joseph Memorial’s new ad campaign. I was so thrilled that we had a little time after the two day shoot to tool around the nearby town of Healdsburg. After the shoot we went back by our beautiful hotel-The Vintner’s Inn-to pick up a phone charger the Account Executive left behind. Thank goodness this happened because then we just kept heading north to explore and within 20 minutes we were in downtown…

on decluttering


I am truly a minimalist at heart. I am obsessed with the philosophy of simplifying my life in more ways than one. I love keeping things uncomplicated and I cherish living simply. I love to stay focused on the important things in life: family, health and financial well being. Not only are we living completely debt free but we have savings accounts for important purposes-the boat, kids, retirement. I am also on a mission to create passive income so we can live our…

art and design

I studied design and architecture in college and when I transferred to California State University at Long Beach to focus more on fine art, I discovered photography. But, I am still passionate about design and architecture. My husband is a very creative designer and I’ve gained a lot of inspiration from him.

In 1953 my maternal grandparents established El Camino Travel. At the time it was a business where the marines from Camp…

adventure envy

Okay, so I haven’t had much of an exotic adventure in awhile but I can still taste the ones I have had: Europe by rail, the Volcanoes of Mexico, sailing French Polynesia and Hawaii. Little reminders like the one I just got from my cousin’s daughter, Lisan, bring them back like I was there yesterday. Check out her blog “Wandering Around South America” to see what I’m talking about.


We just returned from a trip to Portland to visit Jim’s niece, Holley and nephew, Cameron. Merrik had a blast playing with Cameron and even named the little boy in The Polar Express after him. Here are a few images of our snowed-in day at the Larkspur Riverplace Hotel and one image of the drive to the airport.

gap: home from paradise

Jim had a fantastic trip to Namotu and returned home with some great images and a Fijian war club for being the best surfer in the group. He laughs as he tells me this means that he won’t be invited back next year! He got most of the waves….which means less for the other guys.
Here are some of my favorite images that he took. (I love the editing process!)

thought: vintage travel

I have these amazing original vintage travel posters that I salvaged from my parent’s travel business. My grandfather was an avid collector of all things signage and design. He collected some of the most fantastic posters from around the world for use in his own window designs at the office.
I went through thousands of them when my parents sold the building in downtown San Clemente and now I have maybe a thousand of them that I’ve been archiving. So…