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Freebirds: UCSB’s 24 Hour Burrito as Big as Your Head Spot

As with most big colleges there are usually one or two main places that all of the college students love to go to. Much like Diddy Riese for UCLA students, Freebirds … [Read More...]

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Luffa Farm in Nipomo: The Bath Scrubs that Grow on a Bush

Yes, luffa's like the ones you use in the shower and yes they do grow out of the ground. Now that we have that out of the way we can talk about the awesomeness that … [Read More...]

Recent Trips

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Lillian’s Italian Kitchen: Best Dinner in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is a mecca of good food, I wrote an entire post on it here but if you ask me to pick a favorite place there is no competition, Lillian’s Italian Kitchen is hands down the best place in the city for dinner. This small ten table family owned restaurant has been a staple […]

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Ramos House Cafe: Historic Brunch in San Juan Capistrano

Located in the historic Los Rios area of San Juan Capistrano, the Ramos House Cafe has become a renowned brunch destination and it is easy to see why. The cafe itself is in a unique old building from the 1800’s and it sits right on the Metrolink line so you get a beautiful historic location to […]

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Glaum Egg Ranch: Home of the Egg Vending Machine

If you follow this blog then you know I like to find strange stuff more then anything on my trips, this place is no exception. You can imagine the shock when I visit my friends in Santa Cruz and tell them one of my must stop places is an egg vending machine, but they obliged […]

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Bigfoot Discovery Museum: Searching for the Sasquatch in Santa Cruz

The Bigfoot Discovery Museum, located at the perfect location in the Redwoods above Santa Cruz, is both great for the questioners and the believers alike. This small museum is staffed by a friendly man who will gladly provide you with all you need to believe in the fabled creature, why not give him a chance. Details […]

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Silver Bell Mine in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park doesn’t do a great job of letting you know where things are, I literally stumbled on this mine. This does add to the sense of adventure in the park though, as you are driving through the main road and it will say exhibit ahead letting you know something is coming up. […]

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Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade: Where to Watch

Every Christmas for the last 105 years the Newport Harbor has transformed into a magical Christmas world through the lavish decorations of the massive yachts and boats that participate in the annual parade. This is a very un-traditional way to get into the Christmas spirit, one that is somehow a unique representation of what California is. […]

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Where to Eat Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Dessert in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, a beautiful coastal town only 10 minutes from the redwoods, is a bona-fide foodie heaven. It has an insane amount of options for the weary traveller or weekend adventurer and whether your price range is on the lobster or the taco side there is guaranteed to be something amazing for you to indulge on here. While I […]

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Wall Street Mill: Mine & Abandoned Cars in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree is full of mines from a century of settlers looking to get rich. While Wall Street Mill is just one of the many, it is one of my favorites in the park. This gold ore crushing mill was one of the last remaining mills in the park, with operations up until the mid […]

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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 will make you feel like you are in some sort of post-apocalyptic world where people are playing in the shadow of a broken down […]

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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 decided on San Juan Capistrano since the downtown area was so close to the track and set out to see how […]

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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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