Posts Written BySusan Guillory

San Simeon elephant seals

The beach looked like it was littered with corpses. Turned out, they were the San Simeon elephant seals, and very much alive, albeit a bit lazy. Occasionally one would flip sand on itself (maybe to regulate its body temperature), and one particularly adorable seal shoveled his nose forward in the sand, carving a path. It’s always funny to me when humans stand around marveling at animals, but in this case, we couldn’t help it. We were disappointed that we didn’t see any of the seals with the proboscis that gave them their name “elephant” seal. Those are males older than four,…

new york city skyline

Recently I headed to the Big Apple with Max, who had long yearned to go. I’m not sure he’s a convert of the big bustling city (me neither), but it was a good experience. I know that first-timers are easily overwhelmed, and a visit to New York City can be incredibly stressful, so I wanted to share a few tips to help you. 1. Skip the Brand-Name Hotels As soon as you start searching for a hotel in NYC, your jaw will drop. A hotel room at a major chain like Marriott can cost upwards of $300!! Space is at…

San Simeon schoolhouse

The fog had rolled in the night before and hadn’t lifted by 10 am. Fog wasn’t such a concern in San Diego, so we were a bit taken aback when we hit it on California’s Central Coast. Still, it made for an interesting backdrop for our visit to the tiny town of San Simeon (population just over 400). What started out as a one-room schoolhouse (pictured here) fishing town ended up being the support staff for the construction of Hearst Castle just across the road. I think nearly everyone who lived in San Simeon after 1918 was involved in some way…

I’ve been to Lafayette, Louisiana dozens of times…only I haven’t really been there. It’s 25 minutes from the tiny town of Church Point, where my grandmother, aunt and uncle, and cousins live, so Lafayette is where I and my family stay when visiting them. However, I’d never really explored the town…until recently. My mother went to what is now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and she hadn’t really been to the town since she graduated…well, a long time ago. So we planned a mini trip together.