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. […]

Everything’s Coming Up Roses at Exposition Park Rose Garden

Awhile back I had the perfect post about Fall flowers in Exposition Park. I was excited to share the beauty I had seen at the rose garden but then life got in the way. Before I knew it it was winter and my perfect post was out of date. But as I sit here on […]

Exploring California’s Gold Country

As much as I love Southern California I’m eager to explore as much of the state as I possibly can. This past Fall my family and I decided to tackle its Eastern portion and explored both sides of the Sierras. One of the areas we were most eager to visit was Gold Country and, let […]

Viewing Diamonds: Rare Brilliance at Natural History Museum LA

When I was young one of my favorite stores to visit was Natural Wonders. No longer in business, it was a store that had a huge selection of gems and minerals and I loved looking at all their unique sizes and shapes. To this day I still love looking at them and one of the […]

Visiting the Spider Pavilion at Natural History Museum LA

Spiders…eek! I’ve never been a fan of the eight legged arachnids. There’s just something so creepy crawly about them that to this day I have to call my dad when I see one in the house. Not common garden spiders. Those I can handle. And Daddy Long Legs. They’re not so bad. But anything darker, […]

Visiting the New Butterfly Pavilion at Natural History Museum LA

I’ve been to the Natural History Museum so many times that if you asked me for directions I could take you just about anywhere. Hall of Mammals? Right this way. Hall of Birds? Head upstairs. Dinosaurs? Over here and don’t forget to take a peek at the rotunda. Butterfly Pavilion? Uh oh. You see, I’ve […]

A Walk Through Palisades Park

Last week I mentioned a recent visit to the Santa Monica History Museum – a hidden gem in the heart of town. After I was done with my visit I wasn’t yet ready to head home so I decided to go for a walk. Luckily, I had my handy copy of 10,000 Steps a Day […]

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 […]