Plumas Eureka State Park: Stamp Mills & Gold Mining History

Plumas County is one of the  most beautiful areas of California. It houses everything from the 100 lakes in Lakes Basin to the amazing mining history of Plumas Eureka State Park. Just the old Mohawk Stamp Mill is worth the trip to this park, as it is wonderfully preserved and a very unique piece of […]

Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park

Located 5 minutes from Black Chasm Cavern, Grinding Stone State Park shows the history of the native Americans in this area and is a great quick stop with lots of history. Details 8 dollars to park Open sunrise to sunset History  The native name for the site is “Chaw’se” which is the Miwok word for […]

Angel Island State Park: Hikes, History, Beaches & Camping

Angel Island State Park is a spectacular grass and woodland covered mountainous island just a stone’s skip away from the urban mecca that is San Francisco.  With incredibly rich history, unparalleled location, and a plethora of expansive views of the San Francisco skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the surrounding Bay Area (just imagine unzipping […]

Pfeiffer Falls & Valley View Trail: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

As with anything in Big Sur, Pfeiffer State Park is crazy beautiful. It is nestled in the non coastal side of Big Sur, right when you leave the beaches on Highway 1 for the roll green forest, all before returning to the beach near Bixby Bridge. As with any state park there is camping and hiking […]

Limekiln State Park and Limekiln Falls in Big Sur

I am continually shocked by how amazing the Big Sur coastline of California is. Every time I visit, I stumble on something new that takes my breath away such as Partington Cove, and while Limekiln State Park is certainly not a hidden place, it is still not given the recognition it deserves. On my most […]

Mt Diablo State Park: Vistas, Hikes & A Rock Forrest

This beautiful collection of mountains located 1 hour outside of San Francisco is an expanse of green rolling hills in the spring and yellow in the fall. It provides camping, hiking, and staggering vistas all in its over 19,000 acres of land. While I am by no means an expert on the area here are some […]

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

On my quest to visit all of California’s State Parks I often find myself at parks that I have no information about before I get there and Old Town State Park was just that. While I am a planner, it is sometimes just fun to show up and see what is in store for you. […]

Hiking North Peak & Mt Olympia in Mt Diablo State Park

Over the weekend my friend and I were in San Francisco for our significant others to run the Nike Women’s Marathon, the one where you get a Tiffany Necklace at the end. Since they were relaxing the day before the race we decided to head out into the surrounding area and do some hiking. The area […]

Tijuana Estuary: National Wildlife Refuge

After stopping by Border Fields State Park I got a chance to check out the Tijuana River Estuary, literally on the other side of the wetlands from where I was. This park is a stones through from Imperial Beach and has preserved a massive habitat for many different birds. Details Free Open Wed-Sun – 10:00am to […]

Leo Carrillo State Park and Campground

I love the pristine coastline of Malibu. It is a beautiful escape near LA, and even though the first part of the city has a lot of buildings blocking the coastal views, as you travel down PCH it gets more rural and provides lots of incredible vistas, like Point Dume. I had wanted to camp […]