Visiting Fort Tejon State Park

Whenever I’m out exploring with family and friends I’m the go to driver. I like to drive (or rather be in control) and I’ve no fear of the road…except when it comes to mountain roads. They’re my Achilles heel. I’ll still drive but I WON’T enjoy it. So when it happened to rain on a […]

Extreme Mammals Opens at Natural History Museum LA

I’m constantly amazed by the Natural History Museum. Not only do they have a fascinating array of permanent exhibits but they’re constantly evolving with a selection of innovative, high quality traveling exhibitions. This week found me back at Exposition Park to preview the latest – Extreme Mammals. Organized by the American Museum of Natural History […]

A Sunny Afternoon at South Coast Botanic Garden

Thanks to our rainy winter I’ve been able to enjoy the famed dessert wildflowers of Anza Borrego and Joshua Tree. But what about the flowers that aren’t so wild? Sometimes I forget that we have a wealth of botanical gardens in Southern California and they equally benefit from the rain. Eager to visit a blooming […]

Exploring Joshua Tree National Park

Did you know April 15-23 was National Park Week and to celebrate all national parks offered free admission on the weekend dates? I had no idea until the week was almost over. Not wanting to let the opportunity pass my family and I headed to Joshua Tree to take advantage of the killer deal. In […]

Walking the Dominguez Gap Wetlands Project

It’s that time of year when I just want to be outside amongst nature. Luckily, we have an abundance of it in SoCal which never ceases to amaze me. Upon first glance it seems like all the natural landscape has been paved over but there’s actually plenty of it – even in the heart of […]

A Day in Yosemite

When planning our Gold Country road trip last fall my family had decided to skip Yosemite. Thought I was the only one who had previously visited it didn’t quite fit into our travel route but as they say “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry” and a few hours after departing […]

Wonderful Wildflowers in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

As soon as it started raining like crazy this winter I began to get excited. Not only because it was much needed after years of drought but also because it meant a colorful spring. Southern California is known for its spring wildflowers and their abundance relies on the amount of rainfall in previous months. The […]

Exploring theBlu: An Underwater VR Experience at Natural History Museum LA

I’m a very adventurous person but there’s one thing I’ll never do. I’ll never scuba dive. I’ve snorkeled and it was amazing but I have no intention of going any deeper. To me the ocean is a fascinating but scary place and I will stay on the surface thank you very much. Yet, I do […]

Exploring Lake Tahoe and the Eastern Sierras

Last week I wrote all about my family’s adventures through California Gold Country, the region of the state lying just west of the Sierra Nevada’s. We discovered a beautiful area rich in history but were also eager to discover the Eastern side of the mountain range. Luckily, we did just that as we made our […]

Snow and Sunshine on Mount Baldy

We’re only 15 days into the new year and already Southern California’s received a record amount of rainfall. Personally, I love it. It really brings about a winter feeling and after years of drought it’s transformed our brown environs to a beautiful green. Plus, record rainfall in the basin means record snowfall in the mountains. […]