Surfing in Maui

One of my life goals was to learn how to surf, and as you can see by the above photo, I have crossed another thing off my to-do list. While on my recent trip to Maui I made it a point to sign up for surf lessons and I found myself under the tutelage of a rad dude named Sonny at Maui Wave Riders in Lahaina. My lesson began at 7am one brisk morning in Lahaina and I’ll admit I didn’t know how things would go. Having been an athlete for most of my life, I knew my coordination would be a bonus, but riding waves never seemed like a sport that came easy – I didn’t want to fail, I wanted to do well. My instructor was encouraging with a tough edge and equipped us with the best surfing advice possible “never put your head down.” After a bit of on land warm up and practice, we hit the ocean for what would be an incredible experience for me in Maui. Let’s just say, I’m going to try to surf a whole lot more while on vacation.

Believe it or not, I only fell once while on my board, and it was my first attempt. I was feeling pretty boss for a beginner. Now who would like to join me next time?

Maui Wave Riders
133 Prison Street
Lahaina, HI 96761
(877) 313-7873

Back from Maui

Last night I returned home from a much needed vacation, destination: Maui. I was thrilled to take this last minute adventure to meet my sister on the beautiful island and like with any trip NJ style, I made sure to pack in as much fun into every day. Here are just a few photos of the paradise I was so grateful to experience last week. I feel completely re-energized and as if someone pressed the reset button.

Major highlights includ snorkeling with giant sea turtles, surfing, hiking in lush forests and of course indulging in the culinary delights of the island. Stay tuned all week for the best of Maui!


Rubel Castle, Glendora

Rubel Castle Rug

Did you know there was a castle in L.A.? Neither did I until last week when I visited Rubel Castle in Glendora. The 1.7 acre property was constructed by the eccentric Michael Rubel and after his death it was left to the city. The Glendora Historical Society has picked up where Rubel left off and gives private tours on occasion, which I was fortunate enough to partake in.

Here are some snaps I took while on the tour, and while it was a bit long (with a bit too much talking), I did enjoy perusing the grounds and exploring the vicinity. Rubel’s friends used parts of bicycles, tires, shovels and cemented them in between the river rock that makes up many of the compound’s walls. With chickens running around and a clock tower chiming every 30 mins, this is definitely a fun spot to experience.

Rubel Castle Glendora

Rubel Castle Glendora

Rubel Castle Clock Tower

Rubel Castle Interior

Rubel Castle Weaving

Rubel Castle Roosters

Rubel Castle
844 N Live Oak Ave
Glendora, CA 91741
(626) 963-0419