Big Basin State Park: Hiking Berry Creek Falls, Silver Falls & Golden Cascade Falls

In California’s oldest state park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, the Sunset / Sky to Sea Loop is one of the park’s most popular spots to hike. This hike is not for the faint of heart through as it is around 11 miles and it gains almost 2,000 feet during that time. On the trail, […]

Redwood Grove Trail in Big Basin State Park

The Redwood Grove Trail in Big Basin Redwoods State Park is only six-tenths of a mile, and it passes some of the largest redwoods in the entire park. The trail is flat and is readily available from the parking lot near the visitors center. If you are looking for a quick taste of the park, […]

Redwood Grove Trail in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

As the main attraction in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, the Redwood Grove Loop Trail is a pretty fantastic way to get immersed amoung these giants. The trail itself is less than a mile, but it could easily take you an hour as there is so much to see that you will want to take […]

Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad: Riding a Steam Engine Through the Redwoods

During my visit to Henry Cowell Redwood State Park, I basically stumbled on the fact that the Roaring Camp Railroad is right on the other side of its parking lot. After walking around the beautiful Redwood Grove Trail, I went over to check out the train and grabbed a ticket for the ride that was […]

Felton Covered Bridge: Tallest Covered Bridge in the USA

If you follow this blog, then you know that I am a huge fan of bridges. So when I heard that the tallest covered bridge in the USA was in California, I knew I had to check it out. The bridge, built in 1829, is located in a county park that was built around it […]

Five Parks to Visit in Santa Cruz and the Best Hike in Each

Santa Cruz is peppered with state parks and natural reserves throughout the county, which is part of the reason it’s such a wonderful place to visit and an even better place to live. For outdoor enthusiasts, Santa Cruz is nothing short of paradise. With hiking, biking, and walking trails that take you through forests, shaded […]

Mission Santa Cruz: California’s 12th Mission

Mission Santa Cruz was founded in 1791 and was the 12th of the 21 Spanish Missions founded. Unfortunately, nothing remains of the original mission today other than a crumbling wall. The rebuilt mission is now across the street from where the original was, and it was built in the 1930’s based on a painting they had […]

Shark Fin Cove: One of Northern California’s Best Beaches

If you have never seen Shark Fin Cove, then you are missing out on one of the best beaches in all of California. This beach, south of Davenport, is easy to get to, but you have to know where to look. When you see the fin coming out of the water, you will quickly realize where […]

Davenport Pier: An Abandoned Pier that is a Photographer’s Dream

Thanks to Dan for writing this fun guest post for us! This unique spot is the site of old concrete pier ruins in the small coastal village of Davenport, which now is just a set of concrete pylons that used to hold it up. Davenport is located just North of Santa Cruz, on the northern edge […]

The Giant Dipper: Pacific Coast Highway’s Most Famous Roller Coaster

Growing up I was a huge fan of roller coasters, you could often find me at Magic Mountain riding everything they had to offer. As I have gotten older though I have not enjoyed them as much as I did in my youth. That being said though an old historic wood coaster on the Santa […]