Castle Crags State Park: Hiking, Camping & A Vista Point

Castle Crags State Park is a true hidden gem in the mountains between Redding and Mt Shasta. It has thousands of acres of land, with the spotlight being the strange rock formations that are the centerpiece of the park. The crags themselves jut out of the forest landscape in an otherworldly way. There is just […]

Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa: Home of Pliney the Elder

While driving down Highway 101 through Santa Rosa, I busted out Yelp and saw a restaurant / brewery with over 1,000 reviews and knew it had to be checked out. When I told others about it they informed me of the massive following that their main beer called “Pliney the Elder” has and how it […]

Sundial Bridge in Redding

One of California’s best examples of modern architecture, the Sundial Bridge in Redding (AKA Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay), is truly a sight to behold. It is a fully functioning sundial that stands over 217 feet tall and is often said to be the biggest sundial in the world, although the truth of this has […]

California’s Ten Best Places for Photography

One of the questions I am most often asked is “What are the best places to photograph in California.” While this question is like asking someone who their favorite child is, I have tried to narrow down my favorite places to just ten. I am sure they will change, but as of August 2012, these are my […]

Black Bear Diner: Breakfast at the Base of Shasta

Even though I have a lack of experience traveling in Northern California, many people I know have spent a good deal of time up in that region. I have always heard about how great it is to visit the Black Bear Diner right at the base of Mt Shasta for a good meal, so when […]

McCloud Falls: Visiting all Three Tiers of the Waterfall off Highway 89

After visiting McAurther-Burney Falls, we decided to head up Highway 89 and see the McCloud Waterfalls before stopping at the Black Bear Diner for lunch in Mt Shasta. McCloud Falls was a waterfall that I had seen pictures of but had a hard time getting any real information online about it or how to get […]

The Green Barn Steakhouse: Prime Rib in Red Bluff

Twice a year I spend some time up in Red Bluff, which is a town about 25 miles south of Redding in Northern California. It is lazy little town with lots of great outdoor activities, and every time we head up there we always try to find the best prime rib in the town. We […]

McArthur-Burney Falls: A Mesmerizing Waterfall in Northern California

I don’t get up to Northern California more than a couple of times a year so I have been waiting for about 3 months in order to see the ridiculously amazing McAurther-Burney Falls. I had seen tons of pictures and only hoped that when I saw it in real life it would be as amazing […]

Weed, California: 3,000 People and a Gift Shop

About an hour south of the Oregon border and an hour north of Redding is the small town of 3,000 people known as Weed, CA. If you didn’t realize it, the name also has other connotations that lead to it being a popular place for college students to come for an updated Facebook profile picture. The […]

California’s State Capitol in Sacramento

The Capitol Building of California, in the town of Sacramento, is a beautiful example of Roman architecture, complete with a portico opening that leads to central dome. This type of design can be found on many of the capitols around the county, but of course most notably in Washington DC. A visit to this fantastic […]