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Featured Trip

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Seacliffs State Beach: Sunken Ship at the End of the Pier in Aptos, CA

This historic state park in Aptos is a photographers dream, it features a pier with a half-submerged World War I ship sitting at the end of it. This ship and pier … [Read More...]

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Riding Metrolink from Riverside to San Juan Capistrano: A Full Day Adventure

I fully admit that I never thought about doing this until a friend of mine rode Metrolink to LA and told me I needed to try it out. After researching where to go I … [Read More...]

Recent Trips

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Keys View: Joshua Tree’s Best Vista

This drive up, wheelchair accessible trail, is the perfect way to take in the beauty of the California desert with very little effort. At only about 20 minutes drive from the North West entrance of the park, Keys View is the perfect place to watch a sunrise or sunset in the National Park. The view-point […]

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The Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz: Altered Reality or a Clever Gimic

Oh the famous Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz, a special place full of intrigue and questions. When you are visiting Santa Cruz you will no doubt have someone ask you if you are going to the Mystery Spot and you will see signs and bumper stickers all over town. I had never been and I […]

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Lost Horse Mine: Joshua Tree’s Best Preserved Stamp Mill

Joshua Tree is a unique park, many of the things you can explore in the park are not even included on the map. This makes every visit the park a different experience. A few crucial spots are on the map though like Barker Dam and the Lost Horse Mine. The Lost Horse Mine itself is one of the […]

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Sailing the Santa Cruz Harbor on the Chardonnay II

Santa Cruz is a beautiful city with so much activity, but only seeing it from the land is only seeing a small portion. The harbor and the ocean here are teeming with life and the views of the famous boardwalk are stunning from the water. To remedy this we took a trip on the Chardonnay II for […]

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Mountain Top Cafe on Highway 138: Blackberry Pie Heaven

After a morning full of ziplining at Big Pines Ziplines I decided to stop at Mountain Top Cafe for lunch. This place is literally the definition of “don’t judge the book by its cover” as from the outside it leaves a little to be desired. Once you walk in however you will feel like you entered […]

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The Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns: 5,000 Professional Pumpkins in LA

The Rise is one of those events where pictures cannot do it justice. This collection of over 5000 professionally carved pumpkins is a staple of the New York Halloween season that got brought to LA for its inaugural year and I had a chance to check it out on the opening weekend. When we entered […]

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Big Pines Zipline: Soaring Over Wrightwood at 50 MPH

When I hiked Mt Baden-Powell a few weeks ago I noticed the sign for Big Pines Ziplining and knew I had to check it out. Two weeks later and I was up on the course preparing for my first major ziplining excursion. That particular time we only made it a few zips before there was lighting and […]

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Exploring the Ruins of Echo Mountain & Mt Lowe Railway

Echo Mountain is one of the most popular excursions into the San Gabriel mountains for Los Angeles residents. It is located at the end of Lake Ave, one of Pasadena’s main streets and the trail provides access to both great hiking and old LA county history. You may never have heard about it, but the […]

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Ruddell’s Smokehouse: Smoked Fish Tacos

In the small city of Cayucos, North of Morro Bay is one of my favorite cookie places, Brown Butter Cookie Company and one of the most unique fish taco places, Ruddell’s Smokehouse. It is a great place to get dinner and dessert all without moving parking spaces. Details $6 a taco Free street parking The […]

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Bravo Farms in Traver – Food, Tree Houses & Antiques on Highway 99

California is a big state and driving across it as much as I do can get tiresome if you don’t know where to stop. Recently, on Highway 99, I was tipped off to an awesome place called Bravo Farms and I can easily say that it is has now been added to my preferred pit […]

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Honeymoon Cafe: Healthy Food in Pismo Beach

In Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo there is no shortage of good places to eat. I like to try to break it down into the three main meals.: Lunch is Firestone and Splash Cafe, dinner is Mclintocks and breakfast is Nova, Honeymoon Cafe and Old West Cinnamon Rolls. Honeymoon Cafe is a great stop […]

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Old West Cinnamon Rolls in Pismo Beach

Located right near the main downtown area in Pismo Beach, Old West Cinamon Rolls is like a donut shop for cinnamon rolls. I know, I was blown away by that idea as well. The inside has the typical donut shop menu sign, a windowed display case of rolls and the traditional metal chairs; however, where […]

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