June 18, 2021
 
People who read her blog know Kathy Rudolph Petrino as a very enthusiastic traveler with a strong desire to see the entire world about all of her voyages and touristy exploits. Thankfully for her readers, Kathy enjoys writing about everything and sharing every-thing about her experiences. That includes the pitfalls of travel, which she writes about in depth so that others can have an even better trip than she. Kathy Rudolph Petrino wants everyone to have the same great experiences she has had. That includes one of Kathy Rudolph Petrino’s favorite destinations is actually one of the world’s best purely visual tourist destinations, Big Sur, in California.

Big Sur is a very mountainous and very rugged section of the Central Coast of California. Running along the coast from San Simeon to Carmel, this is where the Santa Lucia Mountains suddenly rise out of the waters of the Pacific Ocean. The main reason to travel to Big Sur is the scenery and, while the most popular way to visit Big Sur is to take in the beautiful scenery from the car, the area is also known as an adventurer’s dream, since there is some of the best hiking and mountain climbing in the world, as well as some of the finest and most remote beaches you will ever see, anywhere.
March 19, 2021
 
It is well-documented that Kathy Rudolph Petrino is a very happy and prolific traveler who wishes to see as much as she can while she’s still on this planet. And we all benefit greatly from her experience because Kathy loves to write about all of her travels. She apparently has a strong desire to share everything she experiences, so that others can experience what she has. See, it’s good to enjoy your travels, but it’s better to tell others about them, so that the destination thrives to the point that you can visit again.

While Kathy Rudolph Petrino thinks of herself as something of an explorer who treats every destination as a new discovery, she has many favorite destinations. One of her favorites just happens to be Southern California’s Coachella Valley, which is located smack dab in the middle of California’s Low Desert. And whereas it’s not as popular as it once was back in the 1950s and 1960s, when the Rat Pack ruled the roost, there is still a lot to recommend about the place, not the least of which is the nostalgic vibe that transforms visitors to a simpler time, back when Frank and Dean and Sammy ruled Palm Springs, which is at the center of the region and the main town in the Coachella Valley.

The area features many fully-restored hotels and rental homes that will take you back to the post-War 20th Century. There are also numerous festivals to celebrate the old days, and there are many vintage stores to help you feel like you fit in. Of course, there is also the Coachella Music Festival, one of the best festivals in the country. This area is a veritable paradise for hikers and rock climbers, especially when they decide to head up into the hills via the Palm Springs Aerial Tram. They also can find a lot to see and do amid the lunar landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park, which is very close by, as well as Salvation Mountain.