Crystal Creek Falls in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

If you only have a short time in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, then the .25 mile round trip hike to Crystal Creek Falls is a good way to experience the beauty of the area with very little work. The ADA accessible trail is ideal for families and those with young children. Here is all the […]

Drake’s Dealership in Oakland: Pizza & Beer in the Heart of the City

In California there is no shortage of great breweries, but for me, there are a few that stand up above the rest. Breweries like Stone, Russian River, Anchor Steam, Sierra Nevada and Drakes are the ones you will want to visit again and again. I love the beer at Drakes, but I had only visited […]

Hellhole Canyon Hike in Anza Borrego

One of the standout outdoor areas in Southern California is the huge State Park located about 2 hours east of San Diego called Anza-Borrego. This park is much less busy than any of its other California counter parts probably due to its large collection of land which is all spread out among many different sites. We set […]

Wilder Ranch State Park and the Bluffs Trail in Santa Cruz

Located in the Northern part of Santa Cruz, Wilder State Park has both great hiking and well-preserved history from the area. I went to check out both the history of the farms and the bluffs trail. It is a great stop and here is all of the details. Details $10 to park Miles of trails […]

Hiking Near Lake Perris to Terri Peak

I am always looking for unique places to hike close to the Inland Empire, so the other day when I stumbled on Lake Perris, I figured it should probably have a couple decent trails to check out. There was not a lot of information on the trails available there, but I did see a map […]

Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco as a Runner & a Spectator

The San Francisco Nike Women’s Marathon, AKA the run with a Tiffany necklace at the end. It is one of the most popular runs in all of California and has a massive list to get in each year. Amie did it this year and loved it so we wrote a post together with her experience […]

Peter Strauss Ranch in Malibu Hills

Update Nov 2018: Unfortunately this property was lost in the Woolsey Fire. After arriving for breakfast at the Old Place Restaurant I was greeted with a 45 minute wait. I walked outside to sit down then noticed there was a historic park literally right across the street. One that even housed the largest swimming pool […]

Harford Springs Reserve: A Riverside County Park

While browsing around Google Maps I stumbled on a spot of green close to my house in Riverside. That green spot belonged to Harford Springs Reserve, a Riverside County park of 300 acres, and one that I had never visited even though it was so close. After doing a little research I saw that the […]

Santa Rosa Plateau: Vernal Pools, Wildflowers & Adobes

It is not often that you really get a taste for what our area of Southern California was like before the commercialization and people filled it to its current capacity. Sure you can make the drive up into the mountains, but a quick trip over the Santa Rosa Plateau is a great way to spend […]