Enjoy California’s coast along the Rancho Palos Verdes Coastal Trail

California’s coast is one of my favorite things about the state, and one place to enjoy that is the Rancho Palos Verdes Coastal Trail, a moderate 5.1-mile trail in Southern California. I joined a hiking group a couple of weeks ago to explore the Rancho Palos Verdes Coastal Trail. I don’t think we actually completed… More Enjoy California’s coast along the Rancho Palos Verdes Coastal Trail

Soda Springs

Soda Springs is an easy, quick and scenic hike at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. Just a one-mile round trip on flat ground, it ends at a fascinating spring where cold, carbonated water bubbles out of the ground. My sister and I hiked to Soda Springs during a recent trip to Yosemite and decided… More Soda Springs

Tips for enjoying super bloom 2019 at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

As super bloom 2019 continues, poppies are in full bloom at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve in Lancaster, California. Super blooms are a rare event that happen only once every handful of years and occur when a bad drought is followed by a wet year. In California, the last super bloom was in 2017. Having… More Tips for enjoying super bloom 2019 at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

Why a search for wildflowers led me to Corriganville Park

In search of wildflowers as we head into spring, I took a trip to Corriganville Park in Simi Valley, a city in Ventura County in Southern California. The trip was inspired by a beautiful Instagram post I saw several days ago boasting vibrant orange California poppies decorating a hillside, so I made time to drive… More Why a search for wildflowers led me to Corriganville Park

The Japanese Garden: a getaway from Los Angeles within the city

Right in the heart of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley where the 405 and 101 freeways intersect, you might be surprised to find The Japanese Garden, a 6.5-acre oasis that’s a perfect quick and refreshing getaway from the city right within the city. I’d been interested in visiting The Japanese Garden for several months and… More The Japanese Garden: a getaway from Los Angeles within the city

Craft an eco-conscious wardrobe with Pact Organic

Last year I stumbled across a new eco-conscious clothing brand that I’ve become a huge fan of: Pact Organic. I’m always on the lookout for brands and companies that are dedicated to a social cause and are mindful of their environmental footprints, so I was really happy to come across Pact Organic. My favorite thing… More Craft an eco-conscious wardrobe with Pact Organic

For every sandwich you buy, this sandwich shop donates one to feed those in need

While I was in Boise last year, I came across a sandwich shop that I instantly fell in love with for two reasons: the sandwiches taste good and the company donates a sandwich for every one it sells. My friend suggested going to Even Stevens in part because of its social mission. I was happy… More For every sandwich you buy, this sandwich shop donates one to feed those in need

Grab a cup of tea or coffee at Highlight Coffee, a local coffee shop in Glendale

Artisan coffee shops in Glendale, a suburb in Los Angeles County, aren’t super easy to come by. But in late 2016, a new shop called Highlight Coffee popped open near the city’s downtown area on the corner of Glendale and Broadway. It’s a welcome addition to the city. Now, residents and people who work there… More Grab a cup of tea or coffee at Highlight Coffee, a local coffee shop in Glendale