Emerald Bay State Park: Kayaking, Hiking & A Castle

Much like Eagle Lake which is right across the road, Emerald Bay is one of the best places to visit in Lake Tahoe. I would even go so far as to say that if you can only visit one place while in the area, this should be it. From the view that you see from the […]

El Matador State Beach: Malibu’s Best Kept Secret

Along the coast of Malibu are some of the best beaches in the entire United States, all of them are pretty flawless but for my money, the best beach is El Matador State Beach. If you can find parking in the super small lot, then you are in for a real treat. The beach is packed […]

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 […]

Eureka to Crescent City & Oregon State Line: Roadtrip Guide

This is the third of my road trip posts and you can see San Francisco to Mendocino here and Mendocino to Eureka here. For this day I drove from Eureka to Crescent City with a detour up to the Oregon stateline and back. You can easily use this post for a trip all the way to Brookings, […]

Patrick Point State Park: Wedding Rock & Sumeg Indian Village

Patrick Point State Park is a park dedicated to recreating and preserving the Native American history in this part of Northern California. They have a recreated village that still serves as a place for tribes to continue their traditions and a beautiful overlook called Wedding Rock that functions as a focal point for the park […]

Pygmy Forest of Mini Trees in Van Damme State Park

Have you ever wanted to see a forest of 100-year-old trees less than a few feet tall? If you haven’t then you must check out the Pygmy Forest in Van Damme State Park. This coastal gem is a 1/4 mile, wheelchair accessible platform that winds its way through the mini forest and gets you up […]

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 […]

Natural Bridges State Beach: A Beach & A Sunset You Will Never Want To Leave

Oh Pacific Coast Highway, why are you so amazing? This small beach located 2 minutes off Highway One in Santa Cruz holds a rock arch that would even put Pfieffer State Beach to shame. It is a majestic and beautiful full arch about 15 feet out in the water that haunts you with its beauty and […]

Seacliffs State Beach: Sunken Ship at the End of the Pier in Aptos, CA

This historic state park in Aptos is a photographers dream, it features a pier with a half-submerged World War I ship sitting at the end of it. This ship and pier will make you feel like you are in some sort of post-apocalyptic world where people are playing in the shadow of a broken down […]

Donner Memorial State Park: Donner Camp Trail

One of the more tragic parts of America’s westward expansion is the story of the Donner party and their fateful trip over the Sierras. Located in what is now the town of Truckee there is both a museum and an interpretive trial, known as the Donner Camp Trail, which gives you a glimpse into the historic […]