Big Bear Alpine Zoo: An Animal Rehibilitation Center in Moonridge

During the summer months, Big Bear has a plethora of fabulous things to explore for all ages around the lake and neighboring cities. One of these family friendly spots is Big Bear Alpine Zoo in the small town of Moonridge. The great thing about this zoo is that it is a rehabilitation area for the animals, not […]

Elephant Seal Overlook Trail in Point Reyes National Seashore

At the end of the road in Point Reyes National Seashore sits the beautiful Point Reyes Lighthouse and the short elephant sea overlook trail. When I was recently there it was incredibly foggy, and the lighthouse couldn’t be seen, but I was able to take the elephant seal overlook walk and marvel at the hundreds […]

Ano Nuevo State Park: Elephant Seal Viewing Up Close

While driving along Pacific Coast Highway you will have a lot of opportunities to see elephant seals, such as in San Simeon and Point Reyes, but for the best up close and personal viewing, I would recommend Ano Nuevo State Park. This park, located 30 minutes north of Santa Cruz, features miles of trails that […]

Harley Farms: Goat Cheese Producing Farm in Pescadero

If you are anything like me, then new experiences are a must. I got a chance to try glass blowing while on this trip and then the next day I got to visit a working goat cheese farm. Both were very different and incredibly fun. If you want to visit this farm and hold baby […]

Children’s Pool La Jolla: The Best Spot For Seals Viewing

Oh La Jolla, how you constantly capture my heart! I have been to the Children’s Pool half a dozen times and the walk from Scripps Park to the cove itself is still one of my favorites. It reminds me of the Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, while not as majestic but still equally beautiful. When you […]

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla

As part of the Scripps Institute of UCSD, Birch Aquarium is a fun and always changing way to explore the sealife and work that they do at the institute. They have tons of different kinds of fish, special exhibits and photo galleries that you can peruse. It is a great spot to bring the family […]

Malibu Family Wines and Safari: Feed Yaks & Zebras at a Malibu Winery

Located in the hills above Agoura Hills, lies an 1,000 acre winery that is home to one of the only wine safaris I have ever heard of. This, is in addition to the fantastic outdoor seating area and atmosphere they have at their traditional wine tasting counter, makes for fun half day event in the […]

Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery on the Smith River

Fifteen minutes South of the Oregon – California border is a small, privately owned fish hatchery for Salmon and Steelhead that is open to the public. If you have ever wondered how a place like this works then you can call and set up a free tour or you can just go during the hours they […]

The Cat House: Exotic Tigers, Jaguars & More in Rosamond

First off don’t use Google Maps to get here, use the directions on their site. Now that I have kept any of you from driving down a private unmaintained dirt road like me we can continue the review. The Cat House, also known as The Exotic Feline Breeding Compound is an awesome exotic cat sanctuary […]

Sea Lions and Fish Markets on Port San Luis in Avila

This place is a hidden gem if you are not familiar with the area. I only heard about it by having friends who attended Cal Poly, so they heard about it living up there. On the end of the Port of San Luis Pier, there is a small set of stairs where you can get […]