Out to Sea with Dana Wharf Whale Watching

Here’s the thing. I don’t really like boats. I have a propensity to get seasick and am kind of nervous out on the water. So when I was invited by Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching to take one of their cruises my gut reaction was to decline. But I’m not one to shy away […]

Exploring Lompoc, CA

When I recently attended Wine & Fire it was my first visit to Lompoc. Long familiar with the Santa Ynez Valley I somehow had never wandered west to explorer the historic town just over the Santa Rita Hills. I aimed immediately to remedy that and any moment I had free from the festival I used […]

A Weekend in Claremont, CA

Disclosure: I was invited to visit Claremont and received complimentary lodging, meals and entertainment. All opinion is my own. Claremont has long been one of my favorite SoCal cities. I have family in the area and we sometimes meet in town for a meal. Yet, in all the years I’ve visited I’ve rarely stayed more […]

A Coastal Walk in Palos Verdes

A couple of weeks ago while shopping at Once Upon a Time I came across a book called 10,000 Steps a Day in L.A. Written by Paul Haddad it features 52 10,000 step walks around the LA area. Always looking for unique ways to see the city I eagerly purchased it. I read through it […]

Taking the Ferndell Nature Walk

Once I knocked out two legs of the Weekend Sherpa Adventure Challenge (Deukmejian Wilderness Park and Little Tokyo) I had the finish line in sight and was determined to complete it as quickly as I could. Luckily, I happened to be near Griffith Park one afternoon and decided to my final leg would be the […]

Hiking Deukmejian Wilderness Park

One of my favorite newsletters comes from Weekend Sherpa. Once a week I receive in my inbox a list of recommend hikes in Southern California. I love hiking and often am intrigued by the routes they recommend. Every summer they also hold the Weekend Sherpa Adventure Challenge where any reader who completes three of their […]

Saturday in San Clemente

This week I’ve been enjoying a stay-cation and, oh, what a stay-cation it’s been. I’ve been taking day trips all week from San Diego to the San Fernando Valley and, boy, has it been fun. It all started last Saturday when my family and I headed to San Clemente… San Clemente is the southernmost city […]

Dennis Morgan and Two Strike Park

Do you ever have a film star that you so enjoy that you will watch anything he or she is in? I’ve got a lot of them. Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Judy Garland, William Powell, Humphrey Bogart…I could go on and on. As I delve into the world of classic film I find more and […]

A Visit to Idyllwild

Before the holiday weekend my family and I were debating what to do. We thought about heading out of town…maybe taking a trip up the coast to Santa Ynez or San Luis Obispo. Then we checked out hotel rooms. Most were sold out but there was always Motel 6 for a mere $176 per night. […]

The Urban Nature Research Center at Natural History Museum LA

Today is International Museum Day – a day I didn’t know existed until I logged onto Twitter this morning. If you’ve read my blog for any length of time I’m sure you know I’m a museum nut. I love them and visit them as frequently as I can. My goal is to visit all the […]