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 […]

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 […]

Mist Trail: One of Yosemite National Park’s Most Popular Hikes

Yosemite National Park’s Mist Trail is probably one of the most popular trails in all of California. It is the trail that leads to the iconic Half Dome, but even by itself, it still combines a grueling uphill charge with two amazing waterfalls. Here are all of the details if you want to take down […]

Rosie the Riveter National Monument

Rosie the Riveter was a cultural icon in WWII that stood for the women that were manning the factories while the men went off to war. The national monument, which sits on the water in Richmond stands in the area where many of these ship facilities used to sit. Now they no longer make ships, […]

Travertine Hot Springs in Bridgeport

The Travertine Hot Springs outside of Bridgeport on Highway 395 are one of the most popular hot springs on all of Highway 395. It has a half dozen pools with varying temperatures, and the views that you get into the valley below are hard to beat. Do be prepared to share a tub if you go […]

Whitewater Rafting the Trinity River Outside of Redding

With the amount of rain we have had in California this year (2017), I figured it would be a very good time to get out and do some whitewater rafting. On a recent trip up to Northern California, some friends and I went over to the Trinity River and booked a trip with Trinity River […]

How to Walk / Bike on the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic attractions in all of California. People come from all over the world to see it, and most only drive across it or look at it from one of the main viewpoints. It is actually pretty easy to walk or bike across the famous bridge though, […]

Boudin Bread Bowls & Museum Tour in San Francisco

No visit to San Francisco is complete without a stop by the city famous bread making establishment known as Boudin. This bakery has a storied history that spans over a century, and during that time it has become a staple in San Francisco. You can just stop by for a quick lunch, or you can […]

Gold Bug Mine and Stamp Mill in Placerville

On the way to South Lake Tahoe, in the town of Placerville, sits the Gold Bug Mine. This mine is a fantastic stop for the whole family as it has a self-guided, real gold mine tour you can go on, a historic stamp mill and a blacksmiths shop. If you 30 minutes to spare, I […]

8 Places to Explore in Placerville: A Gold Mine, Saloon and Much More

On the way to South Lake Tahoe from Sacramento, you will go right through the historic California town of Placerville. Most people don’t stop for more than gas or a drink, but if you have a little time, Placerville is a great place to dive into California history and get some good food. Check out […]