Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Desert Art Museum in Joshua Tree

If you follow this site then you know that a spot like this is right up my alley. Noah Purifoy is an artist that I actually first got turned onto when I visited LACMA and saw some of his unique assemblage sculptures that are on display at the museum currently. After further research I found that […]

Grizzly Manor Cafe: Best Breakfast in Big Bear

My mom is a huge fan of breakfast food, so for Mother’s Day this year I took her up to Big Bear to have a meal at Grizzly Manor Cafe and hike Castle Rock. I had heard this is one of the best breakfast spots in the area and when we pulled up we saw […]

Castle Rock Hike: Big Bear’s Best Vantage Point

At a short two miles round trip this beautiful hike takes you from the highway running through Big Bear up to a massive collection of granite stones that provide a fantastic vista of one of Southern California’s best mountain towns. It is short but steep and is a great way to see Big Bear from […]

Thoroughbred St Christmas Lights in Rancho Cucamonga

Update 2018: It appears the same drive-thru only rules apply many dates this year as well. You can read more about the rules here. My continued adventure to find the best place to celebrate Christmas in Southern California lead me to Robolights and the extremely popular Thoroughbred St in Rancho Cucamonga over the weekend. This street […]

Mountain Top Cafe on Highway 138: Blackberry Pie Heaven

After a morning full of ziplining at Big Pines Ziplines I decided to stop at Mountain Top Cafe for lunch. This place is literally the definition of “don’t judge the book by its cover” as from the outside it leaves a little to be desired. Once you walk in however you will feel like you entered […]

Big Pines Zipline: Soaring Over Wrightwood at 50 MPH

Update 2016: I have been told this location is closed until further notice.  When I hiked Mt Baden-Powell a few weeks ago I noticed the sign for Big Pines Ziplining and knew I had to check it out. Two weeks later and I was up on the course preparing for my first major ziplining excursion. That particular […]

Grizzly Cafe in Wrightwood: Homemade Potato Chips in a Mountain Lodge

When people think of Wrightwood, mostly it is for the winter time and the ski resort Mt High, but during the summer there is a plethora of things to do there as well. Some of my favorites include Big Horn Mine, Mt Baden Powell and zip lining with Big Pines. I am always trying to find […]

The Rings Trail in Mojave National Preserve

By far one of the best trails in the entire Mojave National Preserve is the rings trail. This one and half mile trail packs a ton into only a short period of time and has quickly become one of the best small hikes I have been on. If you are in this part of the […]

Rock Springs Trail in Mojave National Preserve

Rock Springs is a short, historic trail in the Mojave National Preserve. This one-mile loop trail is located about 11 miles down Cedar Canyon Road (the dirt road through the center of the park). When we were there the road was in great condition for a 2WD car. I cannot imagine that is always the […]

Lava Tube in Mojave National Preserve

A lava tube is one of those crazy natural phenomena that you just have to experience. While the best ones in California are up by Lassen National Park and Lava Tubes National Monument, this lava tube in Mojave National Preserve is worth the rough road you have to drive to get to it. When I […]