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…

California Dreamin’ in Santa Barbara

“I’m caught up in a dream. I’m gonna wish for it all. No one’s gonna tell me how, no way this is my dream now.” – Tesla (band) Santa Barbara is nestled between Santa Ynez mountains and Pacific Ocean providing breathtaking views along the coast. The drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is quite…

Beachin’ Day at Mandalay

“I lost my heart to the ocean, and with it a piece of my soul.” – Author Unknown We are a few days away from summer here in Sunny Southern California. I figured why not start a summer beach series as part of my blog to add variety to my mostly rocky adventures. It may…

Exploring Vasquez Rocks

Feast your eyes on Vasquez Rocks impressive array of rock formations. You’ll find this gem in Agua Dulce, California which is approximately 50 minutes away from Los Angeles. A lot of famous films and TV shows have filmed in this location (Star Trek, Flinstones, Planet of the Apes, Cars, Short Circuit, Hail, Ceasar!) to name…

Hiking Devil’s Punchbowl & Devil’s Chair

“Don’t be scared to walk alone. Don’t be scared to like it.” – John Mayer I’ve always wanted to check out Devil’s Punchbowl located in Pearlblossom, CA and decided to go there on my own. I figured it would be a good way to test my endurance for longer hikes. I’m more of a casual…

A Piece of Heaven in Valley of the Gods

“We’ll travel to find grounds and rooftops and tiny hidden parks, where we’ll sit and dismiss the passing time…I need to feel a place while I’m in it.” – Victoria Erickson I have to admit. I’m not the easiest person to travel with because like the quote above by Victoria Alexander states “I need to…

Sealed with a “Monument Valley” Experience

“Keep on dreaming even if it breaks your heart.” – Eli Young Band In my previous blog entries, we covered most of Utah’s mighty five. I wanted to take you someplace different but similar to the National Parks I’ve visited in the past. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is filled with breathtaking landscapes located on…

Horseshoe Bend (Page, AZ)

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire” – Jennifer Lee Horseshoe Bend, in my humble opinion, is a masterpiece. The trail is very easy and accessible to all level of hikers. I highly recommend adding this to your itinerary whether you are visiting Grand Canyon or heading off to Utah….

Adventures in Harpers Ferry, WV

“All good things are wild and free.” – Henry David Thoreau Some people are fearless. I’m usually the one who cheers them on from the sidelines. However, I do believe in trying almost everything once. My best friend, who lives in DC, decided to take me to Harpers Ferry Adventure in West Virginia. We started…

In a New Orleans State of Mind

“Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?” – Louis Armstrong I am absolutely in love with New Orleans. The city has everything from amazing cuisine, jazz music, and incredible architecture. I cannot emphasize enough why you should visit the Big Easy. If you need a little nudge. Let me help you out……

The Perfect “Red Rock” Escape

“Excuse me while I kiss the sky” – Jimi Hendrix This is where you go. When you need a break from this. The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is approximately 20 miles away from Las Vegas strip. This is the perfect place to relax if you find yourself tired of the bright lights, gambling,…