Alcatraz: Touring San Francisco’s Infamous Island

Alcatraz Island, also known as “The Rock,” was home to some of the countries most notorious prisoners during its tenure as a penitentiary. Now it is an incredibly popular part of the National Parks System that draws thousands of visitors a day and often books out weeks in advance. It was one of those places […]

Oakland City Guide: Restaurants, Historic Saloons & Outdoor Activities

Across the bay from San Francisco, Oakland is a city that has changed many times over the last hundred years. The sprawling metropolitan area has become an escape from the rising housing market in San Francisco and transformed into a community of arts, restaurants and outdoor activities. Here are some of my favorite things to […]

Santa Barbara Guide: Restaurants, Historical Sites & Hiking in this Famous Coastal Town

The coastal city of Santa Barbara on Highway 101 in Southern California is one of the drives best coastal cities. The town has centuries of history, large mountain ranges for hiking and some of the freshest seafood around. I have been many times, and it is still a spot that I go back to often […]

Coit Tower: San Francisco’s Historic Viewpoint

The 210 foot Coit Tower, which sits in the middle of San Francisco, is a great place to get a bird’s eye view of the city. This memorial was built in 1933 after Lillie Hitchcock donated one-third of her estate to the city to help with its beautification. It has now become one of San […]

Scorpion Canyon Loop Trail & Abandoned Oil Well on Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park has lots of great hiking trails. However, if you are looking to see what the island has to offer on a day trip and don’t have the time/stamina to reach Smugglers Cove, then the Scorpion Canyon Loop is a great option (as is Potato Harbor). Here is […]

Potato Harbor Overlook to Cavern Point Trail on Santa Cruz Island

If you are looking for a great hike on a day trip to Santa Cruz Island and don’t want to take on Smugglers Cove, then this is the hike I would recommend. Potato Harbor Overlook is beautiful on its own, but adding the Bluffs Trail and the Cavern Point Trail to it makes it an […]

Smugglers Cove Hike on Santa Cruz Island: Channel Island’s Most Popular Hike

No visit to Santa Cruz Island is complete without a hike to the beautiful beach on the west side of the island known as Smugglers Cove. This is a good 4-5 hour hike, clocking in at just about 8 miles and it should probably not be attempted on a day trip unless you have enough […]

Santa Cruz Island Guide: Hiking, Camping & Exploring Channel Islands National Park’s Biggest Island

Channel Islands National Park consists of a collection of five islands off the coast of Southern California. The most popular of these is Santa Cruz Island, which is what this guide is about. It is the easiest to get to of the larger islands, and it has lots of great hiking trails and camping spots […]

Earth Day Volunteer Day in Angeles National Forest with Coca-Cola & the Forest Service

In celebration of Earth Day, the US Forest Service, National Forest Foundation, and the Coca-Cola Company organized a two-day event to spotlight and continue the work the three groups have been doing in the Angeles National Forest area over the last five years. They topped it all off with a volunteer work day that brought […]

Sabroso Taco, Beer & Music Festival: The Offspring, Sum 41, Lucha Libre & Competitive Eating

When I first heard about this festival, which combines music and tacos I knew it was going to be something I needed to attend. Add to that the fact that the music was the perfect collection of bands from when I was in high school (Offspring, Sum 41, Lit, Unwritten Law) and you had the […]