Moaning Cavern: Rappelling 175 Feet Into A Cave

Ever since I started this blog I have always wanted to visit the unique chimney cave called Moaning Cavern that you can actually rappel into. This cave is one of only a few like this in the United States, and it is one of the longest rappels into a cave in the entire country. It […]

Pirate’s Cove and Sea Cave in Avila Beach

Before you read any further, yes Pirate’s Cove is a nude beach, so don’t be surprised if you see naked people hanging out there and let this be a warning if going with your family. That being said, the beach and the cave itself are incredibly beautiful. You can walk to the cave without going […]

Chumash Painted Cave State Park in Santa Barbara

Chumash Painted Cave State Park in the mountains that overlook Santa Barbara is a cool stop that will literally take you 15 minutes to see. It probably takes longer to drive up the hill from Santa Barbara then it does to see the state park. That being said, it was great to see how well-preserved the […]

Crystal Cave in Sequoia National Park

Crystal Cave is one of the main attractions for Sequoia National Park and is a fantastic way to get an introduction into what these large caves look like. This cave, which is only open in the summer, attracts hundreds of visitors a day to marvel at its beautifully maintained rooms as you go on the one […]

Sunny Jim’s Cave & Store in La Jolla

One of the many unique things you can do on a trip to La Jolla is head into Sunny Jim’s Cave. This fun attraction is a store that has a 143 step man made tunnel built into it that heads down to a large sea cave below. Since the early 1900’s it has been giving visitors access to this […]

Black Chasm Caverns National Landmark

Located about 2 hours outside Sacramento is an amazing vertical cave that you can tour 364 days a year. It is and great example of everything from stalagmites and stalagmites to columns and helicite. When I toured it there were 14 school children enjoying the cave and I wish I would have had these types of […]

Lava Tube in Mojave National Preserve

A lava tube is one of those crazy natural phenomena that you just have to experience. While the best ones in California are up by Lassen National Park and Lava Tubes National Monument, this lava tube in Mojave National Preserve is worth the rough road you have to drive to get to it. When I […]

Gaviota Wind Caves

I have driven up to San Luis Obispo many times and always enjoy the stretch of coast that starts from Santa Barbara and ends as you turn inland near Gaviota. On a recent drive though I decided I should stop here and see what the state park had to offer. The trail I chose to […]

Subway Cave: Old Lava Tube in Lassen National Forrest

This subway cave, outside of Lassen National Park, is one of the largest, easily accessible lava caves in the world. It is literally a two-minute walk from the parking lot to the entrance and doesn’t worry, even if you are claustrophobic like me, you should do OK in this cave as it is wide open […]

The 5 Most Unknown Spots in San Diego

Consider this a challenge, San Diego. I am a non-native Californian. I have lived among you for a long time. I hate to say it, but I know more about your city and your county than any native. I’ve kept quiet about this for years, but when I saw this blog post on Josh’s blog, […]