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One of my most favorite things is unexpectedly running into something really interesting that I’ve never heard of before. That’s what happened at The Lava Beds, and…we had it pretty much to ourselves. There’s said to be several hundreds of caves underground here that were formed over 10,000 years ago and out of those about twenty are open to the public. This is a huge gem and the largest concentration of underground… Read More

This was one of the best days ever! I got to go snorkeling with sharks (again). Usually I’ll get to see one, maybe two, but this time there were an abundance of them as you can see in the video above and it was just amazing. No tour, just out in the open ocean with a (very kind) friend brave enough to be just as crazy as I am! Just kidding, these… Read More

A free life, off the grid… no property taxes, no bills. What do you think? The last lawless town where you can live freely and be whoever you please is located about two hours from the coast in Southern California in the desert where temperatures can easily reach 120. Here you can bring whichever shelter you desire, plant it, make roots, put a fence around it and stay. But completely lawless? According… Read More

Do you ever visit places and think wow this would be a great setting for..? This place, Bombay Beach, would be a really great setting for any post apocalyptic movie imaginable. Every time I visit I think of The Walking Dead and halfway expect to see a horde of zombies coming at me. But … all I am met with is a dusty, bleached, rusted and nearly abandoned town with ‘the lowest… Read More

My mom, the best mom in the whole world of course, thinks I should be more personal here on this blog. She also loves gardening… so I thought, in honor of her, and Mother’s Day, I’d take you along on my (almost) daily walk around the neighborhood and show you some of my favorite things that I get to see and some of the stuff that just makes me smile… It’s the… Read More

The magnificent beauty of the La Jolla coastline will take your breath away. It is a must see when in San Diego. La Jolla shores is a long sandy beach where you can rent kayaks and stand up paddle boards. But La Jolla Cove is something very different… a picturesque treasure grove offering an incredible place to snorkel, dive and explore colorful marine life. I spend a lot of my time here… Read More

Approximately 1600 roses of nearly 130 varieties are displayed in the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden at Balboa Park, and each year new varieties are introduced. You can get here by crossing over Park Blvd on the pedestrian bridge that is right next to the Natural History Museum and the Bea Evenson Fountain. They are at their peak right now during April and May, but you can still go see them… Read More

Many, many years ago before the Anza-Borrego desert was a desert it was bustling with life, forests and lakes. Fossils from a large variety of animals like saber-tooth cats, mammoths and even camels, have been found in the area. A lot of these animals that have called Anza-Borrego their home are now recreated into large, extremely impressive and very artistic, metal sculptures made by Ricardo Breceda. Over 130 of them, and even… Read More

Trendiest location in Southern California right now? I’d say the Anza-Borrego desert because almost everywhere you look you’ll spot a bright flower basking in the sun, flashing it’s irresistible color against the sand and luring every city dweller out there to see it, and smell it, in it’s full glory (sorry Hollywood). They say six times the amount of rain has fallen this year in the desert compared to last year, creating… Read More

The peaceful feeling you get when you get out of your car and start strolling down the 1.7 mile trail is just incomparable. This is the perfect spot to take your date any time of the day for a picnic or to – you guessed it – watch an amazing sunset. Bring your camera! There’s a lot to look at in the area. You can climb down the sandstone cliff on the… Read More

A rare sight in Coronado. This ‘pier’ or what once was a part of a boat landing harbor, is usually fully covered by sand or barely visible. Sometimes though, after a good storm it’ll reveal itself like it did today. It is located on the beach right in front of the famous Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Beach. The specific historical facts on it are hard to find and a bit of… Read More

There’s so much to do in L.A and planning a stay there can be overwhelming. There are the obvious choices like the theme parks most people like to visit, Hollywood, Walk of Fame etc. But if you’ve read any of my other posts you know that I prefer less crowded places and those are hard to find there. I lived in Venice once (yes, very crowded) close to the Marina and I… Read More

Footstepsin the sand2 togetherJoined you can tellby a small space, justbig enough,for those 2 to be holding hands.They walked as far as you can seeright where the water reaches forthe warm dry sand.But it’s cold and windy this time a yearthese two didn’t care.I wondered who they were andif they had been lucky enough to find thatWow kind of love.That love that’s so rareSo pureLoyal, yet freeSoft and kind, yet sounbelievably strong… Read More

Not being flawless, but being a character with something not desired, a fault, a carrier of something that does not please the eye like a physical deformity, is not easy these days when everything is photo shopped into perfection. No one wants to look at a small mark that spoils an appearance of something that’s expected to be beautiful. Off to the trash you go.  Not this Sand Dollar though.  He got… Read More

If you’re in San Diego this is a must see! Go on a clear day and you’ll never tire of the most amazing views of San Diego, the bay, Coronado, the open ocean and Mexico. If you’re lucky you’ll spot dolphins and even whales.   The drive to the monument is beautiful in itself and features Fort Rosecrans National cemetery and a drive through the military base where you can spot models of navy… Read More

Most people I know hate rainy days.  I absolutely love them.  They’re so rare around here and when they finally happen they awaken me. They cheer me up.  They make me want to run outside and jump in every puddle. Today I got up early, went outside and I felt it, gently and softly land on my skin, as the coolness of the wind surrounded me. I inhaled that fresh, crisp and… Read More

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in San Diego is a wide stretch of land surrounded by La Jolla and Del Mar.  It’s one of my most favorite hikes in San Diego and you’ll see me here at least once a month. It offers 8 miles of trails and an amazing view of the ocean.  Parking can be hard to find but come early and enjoy lesser crowds.  Start by hiking up the… Read More