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

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

BLOOM: an interactive pop-up art show coming to Los Angeles

In April I received an invitation to check out a media preview for a new interactive pop-up art show called BLOOM. Since it was taking place at Griffith Park in Los Angeles and because this year is the first time the show is going to take place, I was really excited to learn more about… More BLOOM: an interactive pop-up art show coming to Los Angeles

Find Filipino-inspired baked goods and beverages at Kape Republik

Kape Republik is a Filipino-American coffee house and specialty bakery in Cerritos, a city in Los Angeles’ South Bay region. It opened its doors in April 2016 and is has quickly become a popular and highly rated spot in the plaza on the corner of Artesia Boulevard and Norwalk Boulevard. Earlier this year I got… More Find Filipino-inspired baked goods and beverages at Kape Republik

Destination appreciation: Yosemite National Park

Every year, Yosemite National Park attracts millions of visitors, and every year, that number goes up. Last year, it saw more than 5.2 million. The year before that, close to 4.3 million visitors came through. It’s no surprise, though. No matter where you find yourself in Yosemite, the surroundings are gorgeous. A friend once told… More Destination appreciation: Yosemite National Park