October 2, 2016

There are no shortage of studios, galleries, and museums in the Bay. I set out one day to see one that I’d never been to before, but what surprised me most is where I found some of the most creative pieces.

The Legion of Honor definitely wins in the category of ‘Best Ga...

October 1, 2016

One of the luxuries that I had while driving up the coast was the time to indulge my curiosity whenever a sight seemed too good to pass up. The Devil’s Slide bunker proved to be just that. Situated high up on a random coastal hill just south of Pacifica is an unmarked...

Off to explore California’s newest National Park. I made the wise choice (yes, I do make them from time to time) of cruising into Pinnacles National Park on a weekday.

The park is actually quite modest in size compared to its expansive and older National Park siblings....

September 28, 2016

I’ve heard so much about Highway 1 that I made the classic mistake of getting my initial hopes too high, they had nowhere to go but down. From Malibu up had been a disappointment on the fabled “Magic” coastal highway. Nothing but ugly roads, dry brush, and tacky touris...

September 26, 2016

Having (thankfully) navigated out of the hustle and bustle of the big SoCal cities, I was on my way up Highway 1 and onto the coastal half of this California Adventure.

Driving through coastal towns was done at a snail's pace. There were sights, eats, and adventures to...

September 25, 2016

There are many things to worry about when you hit the road on a long distance solo trip into vast wilderness.  Did I bring all my gear?  Do I have enough food/water?  What do I do if the weather sucks?


However the biggest worry I generally have (other than de...

I'm often taken aback by how wrong my preconceived notions of what destinations will be like compared to the real thing.

However with Joshua Tree, I found that my expectations were exactly what met me upon my arrival.  It's a big desert full of Joshua trees.  Although I...

September 23, 2016

I love driving through the Mojave Desert, although I can't say that it was driving as much as knee boarding. With no one else on the road and seemingly endless stretches with sheer lengths only matched by their straightness, I soon realized that my hands were no longer...

September 22, 2016

With a name like "Death Valley", it's a wonder anyone visits here at all. Although, I suppose some might take it as a dare. Others may have heard of its reclusive beauty. Some might just have a death wish.

The road out has the longest stretches of straight pavement that...

September 21, 2016

After walking among the oldest living trees on the planet, I headed back down into the Owens valley on the way to my next pit stop: the Alabama Hills.

As you descend from the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, you pass down into a valley that is enclosed on both sides by...

Well more than 3,000 actually! When California isn't reeling from a devastating drought, it's absolutely brimming with lakes.  I took every chance I could to explore the lakes along my path down California's eastern valley.  With more than 3,000 to choose from, I hardl...

The Golden State has many claims to fame, some of which are more desirable than others.  It has a name derived from ancient amazon warriors, it's the 6th largest economy in the world (compared to other countries), in addition to being the birthplace of fortune cookies...

September 16, 2016

The pictured peak didn’t earn this name from a lack of beauty or lack of effort required to climb it, of which, both are substantial. Rather, the name derives from the feeling that washes over climbers upon reaching the top. The feeling of utter and overwhelming… insig...


If I didn't know America better, it'd be easy to think that we worshiped the Devil.  Either that or the Prince of Darkness has been moonlighting as a real estate tycoon and naming everything after himself... much like Trump.  It becomes readily apparent if you look at...

September 11, 2016

Day 3 in Yosemite would be marked by a much greater sense of relief and relaxation than the previous 2 days.  With all the crowded areas behind us, no long hikes planned, and a clear path to our final destinations and out of the park, it was a decidedly more leisurely...

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