Carbon Canyon Regional Park: Southern California’s Coastal Redwoods

The coastal redwood, one of California’s most beautiful trees, is usually only found outside of Southern California. That is why I was shocked to hear that there is a small grove in a regional park in Yorba Linda, so I hopped into the car to head out to this unique attraction. While the redwoods here […]

Crystal Cove State Park: El Moro Loop Trail

Crystal Cove State Park is a beautiful area in Laguna Beach that includes 3 miles of coastline and dozens of miles of hiking trails. I set out to explore the most popular trail, the El Moro Loop Trail, which included hiking through a nice canyon and going along a ridge that overlooked the ocean. It […]

Sabroso Taco, Beer & Music Festival in Orange County

When I first heard about this festival, which combines music and tacos I knew it was going to be something I needed to attend. Add to that the fact that the music was the perfect collection of bands from when I was in high school (Offspring, Sum 41, Lit, Unwritten Law) and you had the […]

Pageant of the Masters 2018: Living Art in Laguna Beach

Disclosure: I was provided tickets free of charge, but all opinions are my own. Photos courtesy of Festival of Arts Laguna Beach. Pageant of the Master is a tradition in Laguna Beach that has been going for over 80 years. It’s hard to describe without actually seeing it, but basically, it features famous works of […]

The Pilgrim Boat & Ocean Institute in Dana Point

One of Dana Point’s claims to fame is the Tall Ships Festival that happens every year, and that brings in some large old boats to the harbor. If you don’t get a chance to see them during that weekend though, the Pilgrim Boat sits in the harbor right next to the Ocean Institute, and you […]

Dana Point Tall Ships Festival: Participating in a Cannon Battle

Dana Point is a small coastal town in Orange County and once a year it has a half dozen tall ships descend on its harbor for the annual Tall Ships Festival. I saw the fliers for this when I was down in Dana Point a few weeks ago to write this post and added it […]

24 Hours in Dana Point: Exploring Caves, Beaches, Ships, Restaurants & Resorts

Nestled in between Laguna Beach and San Clemente, right on the outskirts of Orange County, Dana Point is a great beach community that is worth taking the time to explore. What I like about Dana Point most is that it feels more relaxed than many of its other coastal counterparts like Newport and Huntington Beach. […]

Dana Point Sea Caves: Hiking to Pirate’s Cave

While there are many sea caves up and down the California coast, the Dana Point Sea Caves are some of the easiest to access. This short hike takes you along the coast to a large cave with a great view of the water crashing on the rocks in front of you. It is a relatively […]

Bowers Museum: An Art & History Museum in Santa Ana

Created in 1932, the Bowers Museum is one of Orange County’s premier museums with over 100,000 pieces in its collection. The museum is only a few miles south of Disneyland, and everything from the building it is housed in, to the exhibits themselves, has been well thought out and displayed in an engaging way. I […]

Victoria Beach: The Pirate Tower of Laguna

Laguna Beach is one of the most popular areas in all of Orange County, thanks in part to the TV show of the same name; however, Victoria Beach still feels like a relatively hidden gem. That is most likely because the parking is incredibly difficult, but if you are willing to wait for a spot, […]