An Unexpected Trip to Crater Lake NP – Oregon

“I like the in-betweens. I like the time it takes to get somewhere…” – The Front Bottoms I’m a planner. I like to know where I’m going because long road trips cost money and I can’t afford to make expensive mistakes along the way. But at the same time, I’m willing to be spontaneous –…

Fish Canyon Narrows Hike

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” – Rumi Fish Canyon Narrows is located in Castaic, CA. This hike is an 8 mile out and back hike with lots of terrain changes from jagged rock formations, streams, and forest-like surroundings. Be prepared to see tons of poison oaks as well. This…

Gaviota Wind Caves Trail

“Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could be a page in someone else’s survival guide.” – Morgan Harper Nichols I’ve always had Gaviota Wind Caves on my list. This trail is located in Goleta, CA right before you enter Gaviota State Park there’s a road (on your right) leading up to…

A Walk in the Ruins of Knapp’s Castle

“There is a castle on a cloud I like to go there in my sleep.” -Les Miserables I love castles. Knapp’s Castle, unfortunately, was destroyed in a forest fire during the 1940s and all that’s left of it are sandstone ruins, fireplace pillars and some of the wall structures. This private property in Santa Barbara,…

Love at First Hike – Historic Railroad Trail

“Traveling is like flirting with life, it’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; This is my station.”  – Lisa St. Aubin de Teran Consider this post my Valentine’s edition. While most people (who are married or in relationships) are planning romantic dates this time of the year, I’m…

The Road to Malibu

“Just a small town girl. Livin’ in a lonely world.” – Journey Over a decade ago, I met this amazing man who showed me the wonders of photography and drove me to Malibu’s 20+ miles of scenic beauty. I was never the same again. Somehow Malibu wasn’t just another pretty beach in Southern California. It…

Night Hike at Griffith Park – My Old Stomping Grounds

“I lied and said I was busy. But not in a way most people understand. I was busy taking deeper breaths. I was busy silencing irrational thoughts. I was busy calming a racing heart. I was busy telling myself I am okay.” – B. Oakman Have you ever hiked at night? Don’t you love the…

Santa Monica Sunset, Beach Volleyball, and Pipe Dreams

“Let us die young or let us live forever Heaven can wait we’re only watching the skies Turn our golden faces into the sun… Forever young, I want to be forever young.” – Alphaville Sometimes I feel, or rather know, that this blog is mostly a pipe dream. Like volleyball, I pour my heart and…

Finding Paradise in Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

“I am happy out here. Messy hair, dirty feet & wild water on my skin. Out here with the wild things; this is where I belong.” – Brooke Hampton Oso Flaco Lake is a hidden gem located near Nipomo, California. The boardwalk leads to 4 different beautiful sceneries. You’ll have to walk from the parking…