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Lava Beds National Monument Guide: Caves, Buttes & Lava Fields

Lava Beds National Monument is the best park you have never been to. It is so far up in the Northeast part of California that it took me five years to finally make … [Read More...]

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Sentinel Cave: The Longest Easy Cave in Lava Beds National Monument

As the longest of the nonextreme caves in Lava Beds National Monument, Sentinel Cave is an amazing experience for anyone who isn't afraid of a little darkness. This … [Read More...]

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Sunshine Cave in Lava Beds National Monument

Sunshine Cave is unique in Lava Beds National Monument as it is one of the few caves that has cave-ins that let in the light. There are a couple of others in the park that have this but what sets Sunshine Cave apart is how big the cave in is and that the light coming through […]

Golden Dome Cave in Lava Beds National Monument

Golden Dome Cave is a great lava tube in Lava Beds National Monument if you are feeling adventurous and want to do some more legit caving. This cave has a less defined trail and some areas which require you to bend over to get through, so it feels more intense than many of the other […]

Mushpot Cave: Lava Beds National Monument Beginner Cave

Mushpot Cave is the perfect place to start in Lava Beds National Monument. It is an introductory cave which has interpretive signs and is lit, so you don’t need a flashlight. While it’s not as impressive as the others, it is a good way to get excited about the area. Details 770 feet Paved path […]

Schonchin Butte Fire Lookout in Lava Beds National Monument

Schonchin Butte is one of the best ways to get a birds eye view of Lava Beds National Monument. While most trails go underground in the park, this trail goes straight up to the top of Schonchin Butte and to the fire lookout that sits on the lava rock at the top. Here is all […]

Skull Cave in Lava Beds National Monument

Skull Cave is easily the most popular lava tube in Lava Beds National Monument and for good reason, it is awe inspiring. When you walk to the edge and see the massive mouth of the cave opening in front of you, you will not soon forget it. The unusual thing about the cave is that […]

Biking Coronado Island Along the Bayshore Bikeway

If you want to get to know the island of Coronado, then the best way to do it is by hopping on a bike and heading for the Bayshore Trail (half the ride) and the Coronado Bike Trail (other half). They have an amazing 6-mile bike path that takes you all around the island to […]

Centennial Park on Coronado Island: A Historic Place with Beautiful Views of San Diego

The island of Coronado is a beautiful place to explore with beaches, parks and walking paths. One of my personal favorite spots in the city is Centennial Park though in the southeast part of the island. This historic park is small but stunning with fantastic views of San Diego from across the bay. Here is all the information […]

Kayaking Around Coronado & the Coronado Bridge

If you are taking some time to explore Coronado Island, then one of the best ways to do that is to get out on the water and see it from an entirely new angle. On a recent trip I made it my goal to take a kayak and go under the Coronado Bridge, so if […]

Coronado: Where to Eat, Drink, Stay and Explore on the Island

Coronado Island is the small piece of land directly off San Diego which houses a massive naval base on one-half. The other half of the island has become an incredibly popular tourist spot due to its beauty and its proximity to San Diego itself. While it is not technically an island as it is connected, […]

Marriott Coronado Island: Spa, Wellness Center, Biking & Kayaking at a Fantastic Resort

Coronado Island is one of those places that I really enjoy exploring. It is a small town, but it has a great bike path, lots of history and fantastic places to stay like the Marriott Coronado. This post is specifically about the hotel itself and you can read all of my recommendations for what to do […]

Ancient Bristlecone Forest: Discovery Trail at the Visitors Center

Located high in the hills above Big Pine / Bishop, the Ancient Bristlecone Forest is one of the most unique spots you can visit along Highway 395. Many of these trees have been here for over 3,000 years and the stark landscape they survive in is something you have to see for yourself. I got […]

Ultimate California Bucket List: 100 Adventures You Need to Have in the State

As a state, California really does have a little bit of everything. From the scenic coastal drives and the arid deserts to towering Eastern Sierras and the large metropolitan cities, you could spend your whole life exploring this state and still not see all that it has to offer. I have spent the last five […]

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