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Whitewater Rafting the Trinity River Outside of Redding

With the amount of rain we have had in California this year (2017), I figured it would be a very good time to get out and do some whitewater rafting. On a recent … [Read More...]

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How to Walk / Bike on the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic attractions in all of California. People come from all over the world to see it, and most only drive across it or … [Read More...]

Recent Trips

Boudin Bread Bowls & Museum Tour in San Francisco

No visit to San Francisco is complete without a stop by the city famous bread making establishment known as Boudin. This bakery has a storied history that spans over a century, and during that time it has become a staple in San Francisco. You can just stop by for a quick lunch, or you can […]

Gold Bug Mine and Stamp Mill in Placerville

On the way to South Lake Tahoe, in the town of Placerville, sits the Gold Bug Mine. This mine is a fantastic stop for the whole family as it has a self-guided, real gold mine tour you can go on, a historic stamp mill and a blacksmiths shop. If you 30 minutes to spare, I […]

Thomas Hill Organics: Great Brunch in Paso Robles

The city of Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast has become one of the most popular wine regions in the entire state and with that comes a plethora of new restaurants that are making some great food. You may recal my time at Hatch and Pasolivo, but what I really wanted to try was the […]

Desert View Trail in the San Jacinto Wilderness from Palm Springs Tram

The Desert View Trail leaves from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Station and goes out on an easy 2.5-mile loop. It’s a great trail for the whole family as there is not much elevation gain and there are five notches where you can get different views of the valley below you. Here is all the […]

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Ride from the Cactus to the Clouds

The Palm Springs desert can be a hot place to be in the summer, so being able to take a 15-minute tram ride up over 6,000 feet is a welcome escape. The Palm Springs Ariel Tram, located 10 minutes outside of town, is just that. This engineering marvel has been here for over 50 years, […]

8 Places to Explore in Placerville: A Gold Mine, Saloon and Much More

On the way to South Lake Tahoe from Sacramento, you will go right through the historic California town of Placerville. Most people don’t stop for more than gas or a drink, but if you have a little time, Placerville is a great place to dive into California history and get some good food. Check out […]

May Lake: One of Yosemite High Country’s Best Short Hikes

If you are looking for an easy hike with a fantastic payoff on Tioga Pass, then look no further than May Lake. At a quick 2.4 miles round trip (when the road to the trailhead is open), this hike takes you through beautiful scenery on the way up to a stunning high altitude lake, a […]

Clouds Rest: One of Yosemite’s Best Viewpoints

Sitting at over 1,000 feet above Half Dome, Clouds Rest is one of the quiessential hikes in all of Yosemite National Park. Sure, it doesn’t have the grandeur of completing it that Half Dome has, but having been up both of them, I can say that the view from Clouds Rest is the better of […]

Lucasfilm San Francisco: Visiting the Yoda Fountain and Lobby of Star Wars Memorabilia

If you make the trip to San Francisco and you are a fan of Star Wars, then this is one of those places you need to visit. Lucasfilm makes its home right in the Presidio, and they have a small Yoda fountain out front and lobby with Star Wars memorabilia that you can see. If […]

San Francisco’s Chinatown: 6 Places to Visit

Chinatown in San Francisco is the oldest Chinatown in North America and it covers 24 square blocks of the city. It has been in the heart of San Francisco since the 1850s, and it is visited by more people each year than the Golden Gate Bridge. Taking a few hours to walk the streets, visit the […]

Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory in San Francisco’s Chinatown

Ever wondered how fortune cookies are made? Wonder no more with a visit to one of the most unique places in San Francisco’s Chinatown, the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. This small one room building is constantly pumping out these famous treats, and you can watch them do it, write in your own fortune or […]

Cable Cars: Riding San Francisco’s Historic Landmark

The San Francisco Cable Cars are one of the only moving national historic landmarks in the United States. They are such a fun part of California’s history that no trip to San Francisco is complete without taking a ride on one of them. Luckily it is pretty easy to do, and I have a few […]

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