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

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

Experience life on the edge at Horseshoe Bend

If you spend a moderate amount of time scrolling through outdoor or travel-themed Instagram accounts and/or hashtags, chances are you’ve come across epic photos of Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona. That’s how I learned about this natural wonder and how it became another addition to my bucket list. Page, Arizona is an eight-and-a-half-hour drive from… More Experience life on the edge at Horseshoe Bend