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Highway 101 Road Trip: Los Angeles to J. Lohr Winery in Paso Robles

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, all opinions are my own. Amie and I have been trying to go on a lot of road trips in 2018, so … [Read More...]

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Pageant of the Masters 2018: Living Art in Laguna Beach

Disclosure: I was provided tickets free of charge, but all opinions are my own. Photos courtesy of Festival of Arts Laguna Beach. Pageant of the Master is a … [Read More...]

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Mt Shasta Backpacking & Hiking Gear List

During the 2018 climbing season, we set out to get to the summit of Mt Shasta. The weather worked out, and over two days in June we were able to make it to the top. You can read all about the hike here. I wanted to make this post to share all of the gear […]

Hiking Mt Shasta via the Avalanche Gulch Trail

Mt Shasta is a 14,180-foot volcanic peak in the northern part of California, only an hour or so from the Oregon border. Hiking to the summit is 11 miles round trip, but it is the hardest hike I have done to date and something you absolutely need to be prepared for before you undertake it. […]

A Local’s Guide to Monterey with J. Lohr Winemaker Kristen Barnhisel

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; all opinions are my own. A few weeks back I had the opportunity to meet Kristen Barnhisel, who is the white winemaker for J. Lohr Vineyards & Wine. She showed us around the impressive new J. Lohr winery and cellars in Greenfield. Kristen and […]

Captain Jacks Stronghold in Lava Beds National Monument

Lava Beds National Monument is a popular location for caving in Northern California, but it also holds a lot of historical significance too, mainly related to the Native American population and their interactions with the settlers in the area. One of the primary historic points of interest is in the Captain Jack’s Stronghold area and here […]

Living Memorial Sculpture Garden on Highway 97

The Living Memorial Sculpture Garden is off Highway 97 in Northern California, and it is a unique area full of sculptures related to wars and the effects of wars. The garden is free to visit, and it is a fantastic stop on a road trip as it is a great way to stretch your legs walking around […]

Mt Shasta Fish Hatchery: Oldest on the West Coast

The Mt Shasta Fish Hatchery was opened in 1888, and it is the oldest trout hatchery West of the Mississippi. It is still in use today with multiple ponds featuring thousands of fish, and it is a fun road trip stop for the whole family in the town of Mt Shasta. Here is all the information […]

Tacos El Gordo: Best Tacos in San Diego

If you are a fan of Mexican food and anywhere near San Diego, then you have no doubt heard of and probably visited multiple times Tacos el Gordo. This Tijuana transplant makes some of the best tacos I have ever had, and even though the line is practically always massive, I have never been disappointed […]

Falafels Drive In: Awesome Middle Eastern Food in San Jose

As one of the most popular places for a meal in San Jose, Falafels Drive-In is always busy, but it is worth the wait. This walk-up counter spot makes falafel sandwiches and other types of Middle Eastern food, all with their own unique sauces and side dishes like the pita chip fries. I finally got […]

Camp Tulelake and Segregation Center in Tulelake

The Japanese Internment during World War Two is one of the many sad pieces of California’s past. I first learned about it when I went to Manzanar on Highway 395 but I have wanted to go up to Tulelake and see the camp there as well. I finally got a chance to do that a […]

Monterey Bay Aquarium: One of the Best Aquariums in the World

The Monterey Bay Aquarium, located on California’s Central Coast, is widely regarded as one of the best aquariums in the entire world. I haven’t been to them all of course, but I can easily say that the Monterey Bay Aquarium is the best I have been to. While it can be pricey for a family, […]

Mt Shasta Resort: Hotel and Golf Course in Mt Shasta

Disclosure: This hotel was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own. If you are looking for a nice place to stay that feels more like a home then a hotel, Mt Shasta Resort is it. This resort features a golf course, and many of the rooms are located right next to Lake Siskiyou. […]

Ironwoods Off-Road Rentals in Ocotillo Wells

Anza Borrego State Park and Ocotillo Wells Recreation area are two places that have a wealth of areas to explore, most of which cannot be accessed without an offroad vehicle. Since Ocotillo Wells is one of the most popular off-roading regions in California, I partnered with Ironwoods and Polaris to rent one of their vehicles […]

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