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Betsy Malloy

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itís a small world Turns 50

Tuesday May 27, 2014

And after all these years, this iconic Disneyland ride still writes its name in all lower case letters.

You'll find a nice tribute to it at the Disney Parks Blog and my profile of it here.

Disney animator Mary Blair played an important part in developing it's a small world and you'll find a fun exhibit of her work on display at Disney Family Museum through September 7.

And if you haven't had enough yet, you can get even more insights into the ride's creation in the book It's Kind of a Cute Story by Rolly Crump and Jeff Heimbuch. Now if I could just get that song out of my head...

California in June

Thursday May 22, 2014

In June, you can listen to some great music, watch hot air balloons take off or enjoy a classic car show. See what's going on.

More: California Summer Getaways | California Summer Concerts | Summer Outdoor Theatre

Best Nature Apps For Springtime Adventures Outdoors

Tuesday May 20, 2014

This one is from @gizmodo on Twitter: Best Nature Apps For Springtime Adventures Outdoors

A few places in California to use them:

Wow! Yosemite Never Looked Better

Friday May 16, 2014

I recently discovered a gorgeous Yosemite timelapse video through Petapixel. If it makes you want to head to Yosemite right now, you're not alone. It had the same effect on them - and on me.

Watch the video first then, check these resources for your trip:

More: One Day in Yosemite | Yosemite Lodging | Yosemite Weather and Climate

New Find in Paso Robles: Justin Winery is - as Goldilocks Would Say - Just Right

Tuesday May 13, 2014


I mentioned a while back that I was looking forward to visiting Justin Winery in Paso Robles, and it was well worth the anticipation. Justin is one of Paso's oldest and most respected wineries and justifiably so. But you can get a lot more than just a few sips of wine at Justin and I can't say enough about what they call the "Justin Experience." Not only is Justin a winery, but they also have a small B&B called JUST Inn right next to the tasting room, with gorgeous views of the surrounding vineyard. And if that isn't enough, the on-premises restaurant offers as fine a meal as I've had anywhere in California.

Just writing about it is enough to make me want to book another stay right now. Get all the details here.

More: Paso Robles Weekend Getaway | Best Wine Tasting Experiences in Paso Robles

Plan Ahead in May

Saturday May 10, 2014

If you plan to travel in California during the next year, you might be surprised by how early you need to make reservations for some campgrounds and by how fast some of the popular annual events sell out. To help you get ahead of the things you need to plan for, we've put together a monthly list. It's not the things can do this month, but the ones you need to make plans for now, even though they may not happen for months.

To find the things you should plan ahead for in May, see the California Travel Planning Guide.

What's New at Universal Studios in 2014

Friday May 9, 2014

I just got back from Universal Studios Hollywood and boy, are they busy down there! Tons of construction everywhere and the beginnings of the Wizarding World visible over the construction fences. It's all very exciting, but there's also plenty of good stuff right now. I'd rate the new Despicable Me Minion Madness "C" - but that's not a bad grade like it was in elementary school, it's C for C-U-T-E. So cute we had to ride it twice.

With all that's going on, you might not recognize the place if it's been more than a few years since your last visit. I put together a list of what's new, what's coming - and what has been added over the past few years to help us all keep track. Find it all in What's New at Universal Studios.

More: Visiting Universal Studios | Universal Studios Hollywood Tickets | Hotels Near Universal Studios


Meteor Storm on Its Way

Tuesday May 6, 2014

There's a rare meteor storm on its way to California, an impending collision with debris trails from Comet 209P/LINEAR. On May 24, Astronomers say the comet's debris could produce hundreds of meteors per hour and there's a chance it could be more, creating the biggest meteor storm in more than a decade. Coincidentally, that's the same weekend as the StarLight Festival in Big Bear

The best places to see them are far away from city lights and where there are few trees: Benton Hot Springs, Joshua Tree or Lake Shasta.

Yosemite Waterfalls

Wednesday April 30, 2014


yosemite falls rainbow

Yosemite's waterfalls are always best in spring, when you can see falls that are dry the rest of the year. You'll find everything that's easy to see from your car or on an easy walk in the Yosemite Waterfalls Guide.

More: Yosemite in Spring

More California Waterfalls: McWay Falls | Alamere Falls | Grizzly Falls

California Lighthouse Photo Tour

Monday April 28, 2014

It's new photo week. Let's start with a collection of 16 shots of California's most scenic lighthouses, along the coast from north to south.

You can see them all on the California lighthouse photo tour.

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