Who Has The Traveling Bug

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The traveling bug has hit me again.

Part of my dream is to go to Japan in the near future. I don’t think it will be this year so I am planning on going in 2011.

So this year I am thinking of littler trips. Well, maybe not so little. A cruise to Alaska is one goal. Taking my kids to see the Grand Canyon is another. And finally taking them to Hawaii is another.

My husband has stolen my New York dream, and wants to take my youngest daughter there this year. Well, actually, it was my daughter’s idea to take my husband, but I agreed. He needs to go somewhere and experience an adventure with his children. Plus, I’ll get a week to myself without him.  A little bonus…haha.

So we’ll see where this year leads us.

Meanwhile, I’m still enjoying exploring Northern California. If you’re wondering why you’re living here with all the high costs of living, just take a drive around Alexander Valley and Napa Valley. Even in January it’s breathtaking.

We took a little road trip to Castello Di Amorosa in Calistoga this weekend. Talk about a crazy dream! Building an authentic medieval castle in the middle of nowhere as a winery takes guts! And it’s beautiful. The chocolate wine tour was wonderful. I would recommend the tour just to see the underground cellar. Amazing! They even have a dungeon.

As for the other part of my dream to get healthy, I am doing pretty good.  I’m cutting back on sugar and fat and trying to exercise. As Catherine says, the Bay to Breakers is a great goal for all of us, and I want to make it to the end of the race!

Last but not least, I’m still plugging along with my Graphic Design job hunting, sending out resumes and trying to get interviews. Not a fun process, but it must be done.

Enjoy your week, and take a little time to discover your own neck of the woods! You’ll be amazed at what you find.

Till next week,


(Kim has already accomplished her first big dream by traveling to New York with her teenage daughter June of 2009. She lost 20 pounds and overcame her intense dislike (do we say fear?) of flying to accomplish that dream. She rotated off the blog in February 2010, but still hangs out with 8 Women Dream.  You can find her in the comments section)

  • Kim, the traveler

    Wendy, that sounds like a fun trip. I’ve been wanting to take the girls to Vegas and then the grand canyon. And I’ve been wanting to fly out of Santa Rosa to somewhere. I’ll have to look into it! Thanks for the idea!

  • Wendy

    Hey Kim,
    I saw a show recently about that castle. Very cool! I have also wanted to take my son to the Grand Canyon. Did you know that there are flights out of Santa Rosa to Las Vegas. I always thought it would be fun to fly to Las Vegas stay in the MGM Hotel and see Circus Solei then take a tour to the grand canyon from there.

  • Hi Kim,

    I love the reminder to explore wherever we are – find the treasures there (i.e. you don’t necessarily have to go far to find great beauty and adventure!).

    The castle sounds beautiful – will have to visit sometime! And I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii… That is on my travels list :) Love to hear about your trip there when you go!


  • Rachel

    So many ideas!

    “He needs to go somewhere and experience an adventure with his children.”

    So true. My plan for New Orleans this year got canned because of my upcoming knee surgery. But my husband is taking my daughters the weekend before Mardis Gras. They will be taking a tour of Tulane on Friday, getting in some parade action over the weekend, and coming back Monday. I’m so glad they are getting to do that together :)

  • Veronica

    You got the bug girlie….I love to travel and do so as often as possible. You have set off my travel bug as well but I am not going anywhere untell we have accomplished the Bay to Breakers……lets go…

  • Remy G

    I like the idea of the castle tour for my photography group, that would be very cool! I haven’t been to Alaska or the grand canyon either…maybe travel should be one of MY goals!! :) Rem

  • Catherine

    Aghh! It took me such a long time to get out here today – crazy Monday. I love this castle – didn’t even know it was in Napa, although I am a huge fan of Sattui.

    Yeah that whole bay to Breakers thing . . . where is Veronica by the way?

    Hiding from us?

    Travel . . . oh how I miss it so.