Fun Stops on the Drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas

The long stretch of road between LA and Vegas is basically a rite of passage for many a 21-year-old Californian. It takes about 4 and half hours (if you go the speed limit) and many believe it is just desolate desert with nothing to do. While a lot of the travelers just want the drive […]

Amboy Crater: Hiking Through a Lava Field to a Volcano

I am a huge fan of both Route 66 and hiking, so when I heard about a unique hike on Route 66, I knew I had to get out there. Located literally in the middle of nowhere, near the small town of Amboy, sits this massive volcano known as the Amboy Crater. Details 3 miles […]

Parliament Chocolate: Bean to Bar Shop in Redlands

Parliament Chocolate is a small, new chocolate shop that just opened a couple of months ago in Redlands. Currently this quaint little shop is only selling its chocolates on Saturdays and Sundays but it is hoping to expand to Fridays as well. Since every chocolate is hand crafted, you really need to get there close […]

Mojave Cross: A Desert Memorial in Mojave National Preserve

On a little road in the top of the Mojave National Preserve sits one of the most unpopular crosses in Southern California. It has been steeped in litigation for decades and seems to either make people happy or¬†really upset them. I for one think it is a beautiful monument erected to honor those killed in […]

Teutonia Peak: Cima Dome, Mines & Joshua Trees

After stocking up on jerky in Baker, I headed into the Mojave Preserve from the north side with the idea of climbing Teutonia Peak and seeing the Cima Dome. Little did I know I could see the dome right from the freeway exit, so I knew I was going in the right direction. About 10 […]

Kelso Dunes at Sunset: Hiking in Mojave National Preserve

It’s hard to believe this vast expanse of desert is located only 3 hours from Los Angeles and even harder to understand the sheer size of the dunes when you see them for the first time. The Kelso Dunes are a great place to experience something completely different such as climbing to the top of […]

Page One Cafe in Ontario

I know the list for good library cafes is probably pretty short, but Page One Cafe has a special place in my heart as a fun place to take a study break, have a beer and a cup of the impressive red bell pepper soup while at the Ontario Library. Here is the info, side […]

Logan’s Candies: Candy Cane Making Demonstrations in Time for Christmas

I love the Christmas season as it is the most fun time of the year for me, and when I heard there was an old candy store that makes candy canes and has nightly demonstrations, I couldn’t get there fast enough. Logan’s Candy in Ontario is a fantastic place to get in the Christmas spirit, […]

Randsburg General Store & Cowboy Bob’s Antiques

One of my readers tipped me off to the Randsburg General Store which sells soda with phosphates just like they used to in the old days. It just so happened that I was heading up the 395 only a few days later, so I figured a little side trip to check it out would be […]

Calico Ghost Town: Old Mining Town in Yermo

On the long desert drive to Las Vegas, one of the most exciting places you can stop is the famous ghost town, owned by Knotts Berry Farm, known as Calico Ghost Town. This unique representation of the history of California in this area is a great place to explore with the whole family. While it […]