Sunday, June 29, 2008

Mooning Amtrak Pacific Surfliners

On the second saturday of July in Laguna Niguel California a tradition of mooning the passing Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains is carried on each year. This years event is all day Saturday, July 12, 2008. Both north and south bound trains are full to capacity to view the moon show. Engineers slow down the usually fast moving trains for optimal viewing of the exposed rear ends. Mooners of every size, shape and age line up along the edge of the track to expose their naked behinds to the passing passenger trains. Mugs Away Saloon across the street from the moon show serves cold beverages and there are also assorted vendors selling food and souvenir event T-shirts. Mooning the trains started out in 1999 over a bet in Mugs Away Saloon in order to get a free drink.
The tradition has continued over the years and today hundreds of people line up to moon the trains. Mugs Away Saloon is at 27324 Camino Capistrano, #102; Laguna Niguel, California 92677. Arrive early for best parking and mooning spots. Southern California is very hot in July so be sure to put on some sun screen on all exposed areas of your body. There is no admission charge for this event and after a few beers at Mugs chances are you will be mooning along with the rest of the crowd. More about Amtrak Pacific Surfliners

Southern California Staycation

Salt Creek Beach
A Staycation is a vacation spent close to home. Southern California residents live in a vacation paradise and can avoid the high price of traveling by staying at home and taking short local trips. About 50 percent of American travelers are changing their summer travel plans because of soaring fuel prices and sticking closer to home, according to a recent survey by the travel Web site TripAdvisor. And if your one of those travelers and live in Southern California you are way ahead of the game. San Diego and the Los Angeles area both have major amusement parks right in their own backyards. Legoland, Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain. World class destinations all one tank trips from any place in Southern California. If your looking for even more savings on you Southern California staycation try packing up drinks and lunch and taking a local day trip. Head to the beach, park, or the local mountains and be back home in time to light up the barbecue in your own back yard. Travelers come from all over the world to visit Southern California and if your lucky enough to live here there is no need to travel far to enjoy you summer. Southern California locals are joining the ranks of the out of state tourists and loving it.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Calaveras Big Trees State Park Calaveras Big Trees State Park is a favorite camping destination in California's Gold Country. There are two groves of giant sequoias to hike through, North and South. The North grove is where most people end up and this is also the location of the old drive through tree. Cars are not allowed to drive through the tree these days but you can still hike through the tree. South grove is quieter and if your looking for a more relaxed visit this is the place for you. Calaveras Big Trees State Park is open year round and is easily accessible. It's just off Highway 4 15 miles east of Murphys California.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Malibu Paragliding

How this for a Southern California adventure. Flying high over Malibu with a birds eye view of the Malibu Coast. For $180.00 dollars you can take ride of a life time on a tandem para glider. Flights last about 30 minutes and landings are usually on the beach near Malibu pier. Fly over Sher's house, Sean Penn's house and many other celebrates and see why so many stars have homes along the Malibu Coast of Southern California. Malibu Paragliding

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Discount tickets

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Summer heat is on and the most fun place to cool off is at a California water park. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor has 23 rides and attractions to keep the whole family busy all day long.

The water park is open 7 days a week during the summer 10:30 am to 7.00 pm. Rides range from wild to floating along on a 1,300-foot-long river.

There are lots of fun things to do for big and little kids at this water park and it's a great way to beat the summer heat.

 If your looking for a place to cool off save $8.00 dollars off the price off admission with print at home tickets.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is located directly next to Six Flags Magic Mountain near the theme park's main entrance. Each park is a separate admission price, or you can get a combination ticket.

 A general use admission is your ticket to all the attractions -- water slides, wave pool, children and family activity areas in Hurricane Harbor. If your on a budget visiting Hurricane Harbor is a good choice.

Save $8.00 Hurricane Harbor

Thursday, June 19, 2008

White Water Rafting California

Rafting American River
California's two most popular rivers for rafting are the South Fork and Middle Fork of the American River. Rafting trips for all levels of experience are available from expert guide services. Trips range from 3/4-Day through 2-Day Trips and run April through October. The American River is famous for its rapids and scenery, is also famous for the discovery of gold by James Marshall at historic Sutter's Mill. In April and May, the water is cold, with warm days, wetsuits are provided. June thru September, the water is refreshing and the air is hot. Whatever time of year you choose to raft the American River it will be experience you will never forget.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Garden Walk Anaheim

Garden Walk Anaheim The newest attraction to the Anaheim Resort District is the Garden Walk shopping district. Located at 321 W. Katella, Anaheim the shopping mall is across the street from Disneyland. Garden Walk ads quite a few new restaurants to the Disneyland area. The roll call of eateries include Bubba Gump, California Pizza Kitchen, McCormick Grille, Cheese Cake Factory and Roy's Hawaiian Fusion.Garden Walk Mall Shopping, bowling, movies and a fitness center round out the things you can do at Garden Walk. Geared toward tourists visiting Disneyland the mall is also hoping to draw a local crowd. The Anaheim resort district has been lacking in things to do other than the theme parks. Garden Walk along with Downtown Disney add a new dimension to the resort area. Upstairs dining area Garden Walk Anaheim

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is 37 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, and 12 miles south of Pfeiffer Big Sur. The highlight of this small beach park is McWay Fall, which drops down a cliff onto the sandy beach. The falls and the rocky inlet is one of the most beautiful sights along highway 1. The water is too cold and dangerous for swimming but the view is priceless. On your next trip along the California coast be sure to stop and see this California treasure.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Adamson House Malibu Lagoon

Adamson House Malibu Lagoon Built for Rhoda Rindge Adamson and her husband in 1930 on one of the most beautiful beach locations in Southern California. In 1968, the State purchased the property. In 1971, the president of Pepperdine University moved in, as part of an effort to maintain the house until it could be properly restored and shown to the public as an historic unit. The Malibu Lagoon Interpretive Association was formed in 1981, and they carefully planned for the opening of the house as a museum, in 1983.
The Adamson House offers a guided tour through the house which contains its original furnishings and is decorated with the renowned Malibu Potteries tile. The Malibu Lagoon Museum adjoins the Adamson House and contains a collection of artifacts, rare photographs and documents depicting the colorful history of Malibu. Tours on Wednesday through Saturday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm More information.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Point Dume Nature Preserve

Point Dune Nature Preserve Point Dume nature preserve is surrounded by million dollar estates and the view is priceless. The preserve is one of the few undeveloped areas along the Malibu coast. The point has been designated a State Natural Preserve, one of the highest levels of protection afforded by California law.Point Dume California Several trails lead from the small parking area. One takes you to the top of the headlands which gives you vistas of the Santa Monica Bay to the South and Zuma Beach to the north. The second trail takes you down to a secluded beach where you can explore tide pools, hike or relax and enjoy the view. Point Dume Nature Pacific is off Coast Highway 18 miles past Santa Monica. There is some free parking along Cliffside Drive (about 15 spaces) or you can park at Point Dume State Park and hike up. Point Dume Cliffside Drive parking area If you can find a parking space on Cliffside Drive this is the shortest route to the summit or the beach. Do not park on the streets they are all marked no parking.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Things to do on Fathers Day Southern California

Southern California has lots of fun places to go with dad on Fathers day. Get off the coutch and take the whole family on local trip. With so many interesting destinations close by there is no need to travel far. Top ten things to do on Father's Day in Southern California.

Legoland California For dad's with younger children this is the perfect place to spend the day with family. Tickets on sale for just $44.00 each. Carlsbad, California.

USS Midway Museum This is a great father son adventure in San Diego. Take a tour of this historic war ship located on the San Diego Bay.

Birch Aquarium Another great San Diego family destination. Lots of interactive things for kids to do and a great view of the Pacific Ocean. La Jolla, California.

Newport Back Bay Load up the bikes and take a scenic ride around the back bay. Low cost and fun for everyone in the family. Get dad off the couch and get some good healthy exercise. Newport Beach, California

Orange Empire Railway Museum Ride classic trolleys and trains at Southern California's largest railway museum. One ticket lets you ride all day long. Perris, California.

Pirate's Dinner Adventure Take dad out for a night on the town to the world’s most unique interactive dinner show. Buena Park, California.

Pacific Park Old time amusement park located on the historic Santa Monica pier. No admission charge and a great view of the beach. Santa Monica, California.

Fillmore and Western Take a trip back in time aboard vintage 1940 Pullman cars. Dad will love this train ride and so will the kids. Fillmore, California.

March Field Museum Hundreds of war planes on display including Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" and a B-29 Superfortress. Riverside, California.

Palm Springs Tram Have an adventure with dad as you climb 5,873' feet into the mountains above Palm Spring, California.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Baker Beach San Francisco

Baker Beach San Francisco
Baker Beach is both a national and state beach and part of the Presidio. About a mile long this sandy beach is famous for it's view of the famed Golden State Beach. Baker beach is also a destination for nude sun bathing so don't be surprised to see people laying on the beach in a natural state. Swimming is dangerous due to the strong currents and cold water. Most people come for the view (Golden Gate Bridge) or the nude beach. The north end of Baker Beach is the established clothes optional area while the south end is primarily a day-use spot. Baker Beach is located just below the Presidio, on the ocean side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Take Lincoln Avenue to Bowley, where you will find a parking lot. On less-busy days, turn onto Gibson for closer parking.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Farmers Market Los Angeles

Los Angeles Landmark Farmers Market For over 75 years locals and tourists have enjoyed a day at the Los Angeles Farmers Market. There are more than 100 shops and restaurants to wonder through in this open air market. Sample food from a dozen different countries or stock up on fresh meats and produce. There are so many places to eat you will have a hard time deciding which place to try first. There is plenty of seating so pull up a chair and grab a bite to eat while you enjoy the sights and sounds of this Los Angeles landmark.
LA Farmers Patio seating Farmers Market is open air but there is plenty of shade from the hot Southern California sun. The aisles of the market are lined with shops selling everything from souvenirs to green tea. People gather at the patio tables to talk, visit, cultivate new friendships and enjoy the great food.
Farmers Market LA Clock Tower Farmers Market has been on the corner of third and Fairfax in Los Angeles since 1934. Over the years it has offered trout fishing, a drive in theatre, car hop restaurant and an antique mall. Today the market is visited by tourist from all over the world and is just as popular as ever with the locals. The Grove Shopping District
After visiting the Farmers Market you can walk or take a free trolley to the huge Grove shopping district which is next door. The upscale shopping is night and day different from the 75 year old market but definitely worth taking a look at. It's like walking through time form 1950 into 2009 in a matter of seconds. The Farmers Market and Grove Shopping District will keep you busy for an entire day. Parking in the Market lot is a little hard to get but the Grove has a multi story parking structure. Both offer two hours free parking but you must get it validated by a merchant. After two hours each extra hour is about three dollars. If you park at the market you must have a market merchant validate your ticket. The same rule applies for the Grove. Los Angeles Farmers Market 6333 W 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90036 corner of Third and Fairfax. More about LA Farmers Market