Category Archive: california

Hearst Castle

  If you wish to travel through time and catch a glimpse of the “gilded age”, then Hearst Castle maybe just what you are looking for. The castle is now a National Historic… Continue reading

Morro Bay

  “Road trip” is a term all American travelers are familiar with. The summer road trip is probably the most common of all. With the extreme heat plaguing southern California in the month of… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Desert Inspiration

    Life can be tough, harsh like a desert. Even a rainy day would be a welcome change to the daily beating of extreme heat on the desert. Stay strong as better days… Continue reading

Expedition Ortega Highway

  Hiking and chasing waterfalls go hand-in-hand. The more captivating falls seem to require more effort. The required hike also keeps away the people who don’t appreciative these wonderful landmarks. The abundance of… Continue reading

Hiking Mecca

    Hiking Mecca is probably not a phrase you hear too often. Would you need a permit to do this? Do you need to renew your passport? You wouldn’t need either of… Continue reading

Hiking Whiting Ranch

    Living in the middle of civilization, it can be tough to find good hiking trails. In the heart of Orange County, California, is the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park which encompasses approximately… Continue reading

Mount Baldy & The Convenient Hiker

  Mount San Antonio, or better known as Mount Baldy, isn’t the highest mountain in Southern California but it’s the highest in the San Gabriel Mountain Range. Mount Baldy is visible from much… Continue reading

Palm Springs Tram and Alpine Forest

      Palm Springs is a popular destination in the California desert. It offers multiple activities and attractions  for people from Southern California to flock to this city on weekends and some… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Desert Timber

  Desert Timber   In a sea of sand the occasional tree sprouts. Does it know it’s fight for survivor is fleeting? Yet, it reaches for the sun. The same sun that hinders… Continue reading

Live Oak and The Monastery

  Live Oak Trail and the Monastery   As many hikes do, this one started early. After a short drive to Trabuco Canyon I met my Sherpa, Harish, and the rest of my… Continue reading

Trail Flowers

  Trail Flowers Hiking can be a grueling form of exercise and so time-consuming if your trail is of the longer variety. Recently, I’ve been doing more local hikes in the Orange County area… Continue reading

Tale of Mountain Lions and The East Ridge Trail

  The East Ridge Trail of Caspers Wilderness Park is definitely not a difficult or advance hike. The park is located in Orange County, California, at the foot of the Cleveland National Forest. The beauty… Continue reading

Accessible Beauty of Death Valley

    The beauty of Death Valley can be enjoyed by everyone. You don’t have to be physically fit and it can be enjoyed without hiking or leaving the highway for that matter. There… Continue reading

The Dunes of Mesquite Flat

    The Sand Dunes of Mesquite Flat are a protected wilderness area and off-road vehicles are prohibited to protect the sensitive plants and animals. This allows the Flat to be a fun… Continue reading

Hiking Death Valley

  Hiking Death Valley can be a unique experience that you may have not consider before. Yes, the valley can get quite hot and unbearable for strenuous exercise. If you plan your trip… Continue reading

Darwin Falls

  Feb. 05, 2016  The day started early in anticipation of the morning rush hour.  My brother and I left at 7:15 a.m. to get a head start on our all-morning drive to Death… Continue reading

Weir Canyon to Irvine Park

  January 30th, 2016 The day began with rays of sunshine, another typical day in Southern California it appeared to be.  But, in the near distance gray clouds threatened to cover the sun.  As… Continue reading

Weir Canyon Trail

  If you haven’t noticed, I’ve made more of an effort to hike my local trails and there isn’t one more local than the Weir Canyon Trail.  The trailhead for this loop is only two miles from… Continue reading

Oak Canyon, Enchanting Forest of Middle Earth

The enchanted forest of middle earth is a place of wonder and amazing flora. A forest consisting of centuries-old trees, some able to walk and talk like humans. Fairies, elves, dwarfs, and hobbits… Continue reading

San Juan Trail, Cleveland National Forest

Recently, a friend of mine made me realize that I’ve neglected local hikes as I’ve been spoiled by the hikes on my travels. Maybe, subconsciously I thought that the local hikes could not compare to… Continue reading

The End of The Road, Santa Monica Pier

If you’re in the United States and you travel west as far as you can, you well end up at the Santa Monica Pier. At least, this is the perception Hollywood movies give… Continue reading

Serenity and The Lake Shrine

Serenity is the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. There’s a location in Southern California that grants these feelings. The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine is a ten-acre site with a spring fed lake and… Continue reading

Getty Villa

Jean Paul Getty, founder of Getty Oil Company, was an avid collector of art and antiquities. His collection totaled to approximately $2.7 billion in 2014. His collection was left to the J. Paul… Continue reading

Snorkeling Casino Point

. The premier snorkeling spot in Southern California is Casino Point on the island of Santa Catalina, twenty miles from the city of Long Beach. The Catalina Casino is the iconic structure of… Continue reading

Santa Catalina Island

On one’s birthday, it’s a common tradition to do something you enjoy. What if travel was your biggest joy but you recently had an extended holiday? It’s definitely an issue. In previous years I… Continue reading

The Fields of Heaven

Where is this field of heaven? Is this the African Savanna, the American Midwest, or could it be the Pampas of Argentina. The location will surprise you and inspire you to look for your own… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday, J Paul Getty Museum Garden

My favorite museum in the Los Angeles area, not just for the art but also for the beautiful garden that overlooks the city. . . (J.Paul Getty Museum, 2007)

Desert Bloom, The Stark Contrast

* The stark desert isn’t normally association with the word beauty. But if you have a keen eye and an affection for all things of beauty, you’ll notice the glaring attractions of the desert. In… Continue reading

More than Just Joshua Tree(s) National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is part of the Mojavi and Colorado Desert on the border of San Bernardino & Riverside County, California. If you need a point of references its near Palm Springs… Continue reading

My Desert Oasis, My Mirage?

This morning, the sweat from the sweltering heat of the desert awoke me. To my surprise, my guide was gone along with the camels and all the provisions were missing, my personal belongings and my… Continue reading

Home is Where The Hills Are, Anaheim HIlls

. . . . He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home’ – Wolfgang Von Goethe Some people may think that the reason I travel is… Continue reading

Kayaking La Jolla Caves

I know, when you think of La Jolla you think expensive neighborhoods and the Mormon Temple. There is actually a beautiful beach surrounded by cliffs and reefs which keeps the waves minimal. The… Continue reading