Anette’s Chocolate Tasting & Ice Cream in Downtown Napa

Never one to pass up the opportunity for some chocolate, I jumped at the chance to experience Anette’s Chocolate tasting in downtown Napa. If you have at least four people, you can call and make an appointment to do a 45-minute tasting which I found helped me to understand a ton more about chocolate and […]

Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ in Napa

Downtown Napa is full of great eateries, but for me, it doesn’t get better than Bounty Hunter on 1st St. This small neon-lit bar and restaurant seats less than 50 and has a kitchen smaller than most bathrooms. That doesn’t stop them from pumping out the best beer can chicken I have ever had though. […]

Day of the Dead Festival on Olvera St in Downtown Los Angeles

Every year for nine days, Olvera St transforms for the Day of the Dead festival or Dia De Los Muertos. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that celebrates life and the loved ones that passed away during the previous year. The festival includes memorials, dancing, face painting, music, and food, all along the famous […]

Getty Villa Museum in Pacific Palisades

When researching museums in Los Angeles, you will find the Getty coming up as one of the top time and time again. The main Getty Center is one I have been to many times and a place that you can spend days exploring. The smaller but still impressive Getty Villa, focuses more on the sculptures […]

The Grotto Hike in Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains

The Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu are one of those places that can still feel very remote even so close to Los Angeles. I have done many hikes in this area, such as a personal favorite of mine, Sandstone Peak. The Grotto is one of those places that I have wanted to go to for […]

Point Mugu Missile Park in Oxnard

Point Mugu Missile Park is one of the most unique parks I have been to in Southern California. Where you would expect to see a field of grass with structures for children to play on, this park has a collection of planes and missiles all arranged for you to walk around and explore. It’s a […]

San Manuel Pow Wow in San Bernardino

The San Manuel Pow Wow is the largest of its kind in California, with hundreds of dancers descending on Cal State San Bernardino for a weekend celebrating Native American culture. Before being invited to the event, I had no idea how big it was and how much fun it is to attend. All of the […]

Yosemite Family Adventures Private Summer High Country Tour

At the beginning of 2016, I connected with David from Yosemite Family Adventures for a day trip to Hetch Hetchy in the winter. It was an epic experience, so we have been trying to connect for another adventure since then. Two weeks ago that happened, and Amie and I were able to go spend two […]

Fork and Love Restaurant in Groveland

In the town of Groveland, Fork and Love is something you would not expect to find. The food here is fresh, interesting and well prepared, with an interior that looks like you walked into a gastropub in San Francisco. The wood tones, copper metal chairs, and full drink menu is a welcome addition to the […]

Unicorn Peak and Elizabeth Lake in Yosemite

Elizabeth Lake is a high altitude lake in the Yosemite high country, Tioga Pass region. This is a beautiful spot for a short hike and a great place to have a picnic and just take in the scenery. It sits at the base of Unicorn Peak as well, which is a challenging hike with not […]