California

    Hike to the Waterfalls of Dunsmuir, California (1)

    1/17/15 •

    …Waterfalls are abundant in northern California, but the remote town of Dunsmuir boasts two cascades that are easy to reach. Hedge Creek Falls is in Hedge Creek Park on the north side of Dunsmuir, just west of I-5. The trail to the 30-foot-high falls starts by a picturesque little picnic area with great views of…

    Pioneertown, California: Like An Old West Ghost Town

    5/10/17 •

    …Located high in the Mojave Desert, Pioneertown USA looks and feels like an Old West ghost town. But this unusual spot outside the town of Yucca Valley, California and Joshua Tree National Park dates back to only 1946–it was built to film movies and house the casts and crews! Named for Roy Roger’s legendary Sons…

    Crab Cooker Restaurant at Newport Beach, California

    11/25/17 •

    …The Crab Cooker lures seafood lovers by the southern California seashore. Boatloads of restaurants serve tasty seafood in southern California. But the Crab Cooker, located just about a block from the famous Newport Beach pier, hooked my family long ago! Avid fishermen and chef Bob Roubian began the casual eatery in 1951. As the name…

    Abraham Lincoln Memorabilia Museum, California

    1/17/14 •

    …I never expected to find an Abraham Lincoln museum in southern California. But the Lincoln Memorial Shrine in Redlands showcases the largest collection of Lincoln and Civil War memorabilia west of the Mississippi River. Opened in 1937, the limestone-faced building stands in a quiet grassy park. Inside this tiny jewel, I marveled at all sorts…

    Living Memorial Sculpture Garden, California

    10/20/16 •

    …While heading through northern California, we spent a peaceful hour contemplating the beauty of the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden, located in the Klamath National Forest, near Weed. Created by veterans, the garden showcases about a dozen larger-than-life metal sculptures created by Vietnam veteran Dennis Smith, with Mount Shasta as a magnificent backdrop. One of my…

    Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, California

    5/23/17 •

    …I’ve never tried surfing. But I dove right into the sport’s history at the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum in Santa Cruz, California, overlooking the famous Steamer Lane surfing spot. Housed in a little brick lighthouse and staffed by surfing enthusiasts, the museum showcases surfing memorabilia donated by area surfers. You’ll see early surfboards, wetsuits, patches,…

    Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival, California

    2/16/18 •

    …My husband and I really had a great time at the Riverside County Fair/National Date Festival in Indio, a town based in southern California’s Coachella Valley. This region is one of the largest date-producing areas in the United States. The fun-filled annual event is held in February at the Riverside County Fairgrounds, which includes lots…

    Gravity Garden, California

    7/23/17 •

    …I found myself enchanted by tranquil Gravity Garden in California, a private sculpture garden located little more than a stone’s throw from Carmel, along the scenic Big Sur coastline. Wandering past dozens of rock towers of various sizes was like walking through a forest of stony totem poles dating back to primeval times. But my…

    Guy B. Woodward Museum, California

    8/08/14 •

    The next time you’re in San Diego, I highly recommend a drive out to Ramona to see the Guy B. Woodward Museum, a fascinating collection of artifacts that reflect the area’s colorful Old West history. The museum is actually a complex of buildings that includes the lovely Verlaque House, a rare 1866 adobe…

    Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Northern California

    12/12/12 •

    …Little-known Fern Canyon, located in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park north of Orick, was a highlight of a trip my husband and I took along northern California’s coast. The canyon is about 5 miles from the park’s visitor center via a bumpy dirt road (no vehicles wider than 8 feet wide or longer than 24…

    Western Sonoma County, California

    6/01/16 •

    …Western Sonoma County, California is one of my favorite places. This coastal region about an hour north of San Francisco is filled with majestic natural beauty, lovely places to stay and friendly people. I like to start my journey at Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve, just outside Guerneville on State Highway 116. This 500-acre redwood forest…

    Hike the Indian Canyons of California

    8/26/13 •

    …Most people think of Palm Springs, California as the playground of the rich and famous. But it’s also home to the loveliest palm-filled canyons in the world. I discovered this at Indian Canyons, owned by the Agua Caliente band of the Cahuilla Indians and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The centerpiece is…