• Best Places for Fall Colors in California

    Now I know this list is by no mean definitive and there are others who … [Continue Reading]

    Best Places for Fall Colors in California
  • Best Day Hikes in California: From Easiest to Hardest

    Since I already tackled my favorite Southern California hikes I figured I … [Continue Reading]

    Best Day Hikes in California: From Easiest to Hardest
  • The Big List of Strange, Fun & Unique Attractions in Southern California

    I love visiting the most odd places as they are often the places that have … [Continue Reading]

    The Big List of Strange, Fun & Unique Attractions in Southern California

Featured Trip

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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 … [Read More...]

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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 … [Read More...]

Recent Trips

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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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Best Places for Fall Colors in California

Now I know this list is by no mean definitive and there are others who chronicle this better then me in the references at the end but I have travelled around California a decent amount and have seen a lot of epic fallscapes. For me it doesn’t get better then the list below. Feel free […]

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Historic Murals in Downtown Lompoc

On Pacific Coast Highway, South of the Vandenberg Air Force base is the town of Lompoc, CA. Most well-known for its wineries and the Wine Ghetto, the downtown area has a historic vibe that makes it fun to walk around in. One of the main attractions for the visitor is the collection of over 30 […]

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James Dean Memorial & Crash Site on Highway 46

Located 20 miles off Highway 101, past wine country, is the unfortunate place where James Dean hit another car and died in a fatal car crash. As a beloved movie star even with only 3 movies under his belt, this place is still a highly trafficked spot on the highway. When we were there over […]

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