Throwback Thursday – Flashback Friday again.

Throwback Thursday! Flashback Friday!

Feeling grateful as I look at old photographs. Remembering the many trips and vacations I was fortunate to take and the wonderful places I visited growing up. Here are just a few:

First time at Disneyland! In the Dome of the Monorail with cousin Danny 1970

First time at Disneyland! In the Dome of the Monorail with cousin Danny 1970

Every year, Grandma would take all the grandkids to Anaheim for 2 days at Disneyland and a night at the Disneyland Hotel. Grandma also took me on many trips: Glacier National Park, Montana, Niagara Falls, Seattle, Vancouver, Edmonton and all across Canada, London and Scotland. And of course Chicago and New York City:

New York City and Liberty Island with Grandma!

New York City and Liberty Island with Grandma!

I also traveled a lot with my family. Vacations to New York, Washington D.C., Virginia and Philadelphia in 1976 during the nation’s Bicentennial; Hawaii, Big Sur, Yosemite and Sequoia national parks, Lake Tahoe and northern California, San Diego, the Grand Canyon and “Four Corners”, Chicago, Kenosha, a very weird Thanksgiving in Arizona, Mammoth, Palm Springs (where my Grandparents retired), Park City, Utah and even Las Vegas.

Skeet shooting at the Greenhorn ranch

Skeet shooting at the Greenhorn Ranch in Northern California!

Scuba diving in Hawaii!

Scuba diving in Kona on the Big Island Hawaii!

Big Sur 1975 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hiking in Big Sur, California 1975

Camping in Yosemite

Camping in Yosemite & Sequoia National Parks

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ~ Mark Twain

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26-MAY-13: Sometimes the best place to travel is your own backyard!

Sometimes the best place to travel is your own backyard!

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!

Chilling in the cement pond! - My Backyard (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Chilling in the cement pond! – My Backyard, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California  (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

Another beautiful day in Los Angeles!  Perfect weather for a backyard BBQ!

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24-MAY-13: Poolside at the Custom Hotel

Poolside at the Custom Hotel in Los Angeles on a Friday afternoon!

Poolside at the Custom Hotel

Poolside at the Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Another beautiful day in L.A.! And it’s Friday!  Happy Memorial Day!
What are you going to do this (three day holiday) weekend?

Here are more pictures from my visit to the Custom Hotel (BIG THUMBS UP!):

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Entrance and Free LAX Shuttle - Custom House (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Entrance and Free LAX Shuttle – Custom House (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lobby – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lobby and Breakfast/Workspace Area – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Front Desk – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hallway – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

King Room – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Queen Room – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Two Bedroom Suite Living Room – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Two Bedroom Suite Dining Area – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

One Bedroom Suite Living Room – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

View of LAX Runways (you can’t hear the planes at all, but you can watch them land) – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LAX Lounge for “elevated” guests – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Free Massage Chairs for “elevated” guests – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Special Needs Lift at the Pool - Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Special Needs Lift at the Pool – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Deck 33 - Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Deck 33 Restaurant, Bar and Lounge – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

View of the Pool from Deck 33 – Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Custom Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Ralph's and Centinela Pet and Feed next door

Ralph’s and Centinela Feed and Pet Supplies next door!  There’s also a Bristol Farms, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and lots of different restaurants within short walking distance.

Park just across the street

Bowling alley next door

Park across the street

Big Park right across the street

Custom Hotel8639 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester, CA (at Manchester, near LAX)

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15-MAY-13: 27 holes anyone? Braemar Country Club – Tarzana, CA

27 holes anyone? Braemar Country Club – Tarzana, CA
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Braemar Country Club - Tarzana, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Braemar Country Club – Tarzana, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Braemar Country Club4001 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91357