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Mission San Diego de Alcalá: Visiting California’s First Mission

Mission San Diego de Alcala was founded by Father Junipero Serra and was the first of the 21 California missions founded. Because of that, it is a place of … [Read More...]

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Cypress Grove Trail & Allen Memorial Grove in Point Lobos

Point Lobos is one of the most beautiful state parks in all of California, and while it doesn't have a ton of trails, it still has a lot of things to get excited … [Read More...]

Recent Trips

John Steinbeck’s Museum & House in Salinas

I have to admit I am a huge fan of literary history. Over the last few months, I have enjoyed adding in stops that showcase famous authors and their impact on the state we live in. I first did this by retracing some of Mark Twain’s steps in Angels Camp, California’s Gold Country. I did it […]

Bacon & Barrels: An all day bacon festival in San Diego

When I first heard about the unique event in downtown San Diego called Bacon and Barrels I was immediately interested. Essentially, this event invites many of the best restaurants, pastry makers, breweries, and mixologists to one spot where the ticket buyer can try as much as they would like while at the event. I enlisted my friend […]

LouLou’s Griddle in the Middle in Monterey

LouLou’s is a fun little cafe, right on Municipal Wharf 2 in Monterey, that is a fantastic spot for a home-cooked meal for the whole family, assuming you can find a spot at the counter. Come hungry as the pancakes are bigger than the plate and you will leave full. I got a chance to check […]

Monterey County: Six Spots to Explore on Your Road Trip

Monterey County is one of the most beautiful counties in all of California. It has such a wide range of adventures, everything from the Big Sur coastline to the literary history of Salinas through John Steinbeck. I have driven through the county many times and each time I find something new to peak my interest […]

Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum on Cannery Row

A few weeks back, I spent some time trying to find more unique, less commercial spots along Cannery Row, which lead me to the Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum. Before you ask, yes this is an animatronic wax museum so it can appear relatively dated with today’s modern technology. I for one like these types […]

Ladder Canyon & Big Painted Canyon in Mecca

I am always searching for unique new hikes to do in Southern California, especially those with something different than you would expect. So when I heard about Ladder Canyon (yes, I was very late to the game on this one), I quickly set a time to hike it with Chris from the Last Adventurer. This hike […]

General Patton Memorial Museum in Indio

Throughout my life, I have driven on the 10 Freeway to Arizona many times, and each time I have seen the signs for the Patton Museum but  have never been able to stop. That changed on a recent exploration trip I went on with Chris from the Last Adventurer, where we decided to stop in and […]

Atascadero Weekend Itinerary: Where to Eat, Drink, Hike & Explore

Atascadero was one of the first popular cities on the central coast, and it has a unique history that goes back to the early 1900’s. While today it has been overshadowed as a destination by cities like Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, and Paso Robles, Atascadero has a lot of fun places for you to […]

Jim Green Hiking Trail in Atascadero

Whenever I visit a new town, I always try to find a nice spot to get active and see the outdoorsy side of the town. I did this in Atascadero by going out on its most popular trail, a short, dog-friendly hike that takes you through oak groves as you hike a small hill and […]

Groves on 41: Olive Oil Producing Farm in Templeton

If you are looking for something entirely unique to do while exploring the central coast of California, then be sure to add The Grove on 41 to your list. This beautiful, family-run olive oil farm is a great place to learn more about olive oil up close. Karen who runs the farm is fantastic and […]

The Carlton Hotel: Atascadero’s Historic Boutique Hotel

The Carlton Hotel in Atascadero is a historic luxury hotel that opened in the late 1920’s. I got a chance to stay there recently, and it is a beautiful spot to stay in the small Central Coast town. I would told it is the most popular hotel in the city, as people love the quaint […]

Street Side Ale House in Atascadero

If you are looking for a great spot to eat in Atascadero, then look no further then Street Side Ale House. This unique restaurant has all sorts of fun options on the menu, a massive beer list and a beautiful all wood interior. I really enjoyed my time and food here, read on for all […]

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