Monarch Butterfly Grove: See 30,000 Butterflies in Pismo Beach

Every year when it starts getting cold, the Pismo Beach butterfly grove begins to welcome the monarch butterflies on their annual 2,500-mile migration South. While there are a couple of places to see them, the Monarch Grove in Pismo Beach is the largest on the West coast, and right now they estimate there are around […]

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 […]

Tijuana River Valley Regional Park: Bird & Butterfly Garden

While driving back from Border Fields Park I stopped at an intersection and saw a small sign for a bird and butterfly park. I was in no rush so I figured I would check it out and pulled into the parking lot with zero cars. Just so you know it can be hard to find […]

Tule Elk State Natural Reserve

On my quest to visit all of the California State Parks I made a small pit stop off the 5 freeway at the Tule Elk State Natural Reserve. This particular park was on the short list of parks to get axed last year but since that measure did not pass it is still open for […]

Prehistoric Pets: A Reptile Zoo and Store

Now I have been to a lot of zoos in my life but I think Prehistoric Pets probably has more reptiles than any zoo I have been to. I was blown away but how much crazy stuff this small little place could hold as it has everything from 350 pound snakes to desert tortoises. Definitely a fun trip […]

Horseback Riding in the Inland Empire with Western Trails

A friend of mine told me about some awesome horseback riding trails in Norco, CA, and since Norco is only 20 minutes from me I figured it would be a fun thing to try out. After a little research I stumbled on Western Trails (website is which specializes in these rides and had been in business for over […]

Wildhaven Ranch: Wildlife Sanctuary in Lake Arrowhead

I had heard about this interesting place in Lake Arrowhead where they have a wildlife sanctuary for animals mostly found in our area, so when I went up to see the Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout I figured I should go check it out. I had no idea what I was in for, but after going […]

Ostrich Land: An Ostrich Farm Off The 101

Having traveled the coast many times in my life, I always try to stumble on something new and exciting during my treks. Once when driving back with my sister, we took a detour to Solvang and drove past Ostrich Land. Without so much as a question, we pulled in to see what would be in […]

Elephant Seals of San Simeon

San Simeon is a small town above Cambria and Morro Bay that is known for two things, Hearst Castle and Elephant Seals. I have visited both, and while I love Hearst Castle, the elephant seals are my go-to stop. These creatures are truly unique with their vast stature and overall playfulness. These seals really do get their […]