Friday, August 29, 2008
A California judge has ruled that state park officials can only cite sunbathers and swimmers if a member of the public complains. Nudist have aways been tolerated on a secluding section of San Onofre State Beach near trail number six. After complaints of lewd behavior park rangers made a crackdown on nakedness and posted signs warning against bare bodies. With the new ruling nudist will again be able to lay on the beach and swim in a natural state. If you plan on a trip to the nude area of San Onofre State Beach don't forget the sun screen.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer and it's the last chance to get out enjoy Southern California before school starts.
If you live in So Cal you are never far from an attraction interesting destinations. Check out these great places to visit on Labor Day weekend.
AMUSEMENT PARKS. - Arrive early to beat the crowds and check online for coupons and specials to save money
Knott's Berry Farm
San Diego Wild Animal Park
San Diego Zoo
BEACHES - So Cal has some of the best beaches in the World. Planing a beach party with a fire. Get there early in the morning to reserve a fire ring.
Crystal Cove Beach
San Clemente Beach
Salt Creek Beach
WINERIES - No need to travel to Napa So Cal has it's own wine country.
Laguna Canyon Winery
South Coast Winery & Resort
San Antonio Winery
Mount Palomar Winery
Southen California Wineries
DAY TRIPS - With so many intersting places to go in Southern California the hardest part of your trip will be choosing where to go.
LA Farmers Market
Upper Newport Bay
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Orange Empire Railway
USS Midway Museum
Julian Historic Gold Town
Mission San Luis Rey
Southern California Day Trips
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
All that is left of the trailer park above Crystal Cove Beach is pictures like the one above. Construction crews are clearing the 35 acres of canyon and beach, and transforming the site into Southern California's first coastal campground in two decades. Workers are now ripping out nonnative plants, removing concrete foundations, demolishing outbuildings, and taking out old power lines and other infrastructure, said Ken Kramer, Orange Coast District superintendent for California State Parks. The project is expected to take two years and the campground should be open by summer 2010. While the new campground is built a lucky few can rent one of the restored beach front Crystal Cove Cottages.
Monday, August 25, 2008
SMITH RANCH & JULIAN RAILROAD is the only place you can ride a train in these parts. The 1-mile round trip as you cross over two trestle bridges and negotiate a 225 degree curve to disembark at an original 1870's Julian gold rush mine. While there, you'll see pick marks made in the rock 138 years ago. Train rides are available for groups only (4 or more) and advance reservations are needed. Smith Ranch is the perfect destination for schools, companys or groups interested in the history of California. Smith Ranch in Julian is California State Curriculum friendly. Students will learn first hand about the environment, the water cycle, what it was like to be a pioneer in a new land, what the gold rush 49'ers (in Julian, the "69'ers") faced, and how vital transportation was. For more information and reservations call Phone: (760)765-2288 More about Julian, California
Saturday, August 23, 2008
If your looking for a quite place to relax after a hectic day visiting San Diego attraction try the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. The gardens surround the Tea house built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition. garden was a nice tranquil place to take a moment to relax. There is a display of traditional dolls, and a pond featuring some beautiful brightly colored koi. Entrance fee is only three dollars and after you're done you can enjoy a snack from the Tea Pavilion. If you're at Balboa when and need a place to enjoy a quite moment then check out the garden. Japanese Friendship Garden 2215 Pan American Road San Diego, CA 92101
More things to do in San Diego
More things to do in San Diego
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Randsburg is located on the western Mojave Desert, near the El Paso Mountains and not far from Red Rock Canyon State Park. It's high desert- - around 3,500 feet. With nearby Red Mountain (formerly known as Osdick) and Johannesburg, Randsburg is a must-see for anyone interested in prospecting or the Mojave's fascinating history. The area is not only famous for mining gold, but also for mining silver and tungsten. The area surrounding Randsburg is popular with off roaders and you might even stuble upon an old prospector out in the hills. in town there is a museum, open only on weekends. The general store has a malt shop and it's about the best place in town to eat. If your heading up state highway 14 to the Owens Valley, Randsburg makes and interesting stop on your journey.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
California's newest zip line is in the Northern California town of Vallecito. Twin 1,500 feet long lines take riders for a thrilling trip down the mountain side. The zip line at Moaning Cavern lasts 35 seconds and reaches a top speed of 40 miles per hour. At $39 for the first ride, that's about $1.10 per second. A second zip line is in the works which will be a mile and a half long, surpassing what's said to be the country's longest at 5,400 feet in Icy Strait Point, near Glacier Bay, Alaska. No athletic ability is needed here. In fact, no need to even hang on. The harness wraps around your legs and torso and hooks onto the zip line's metal trolley. The Moaning Cavern zip lines can carry a rider as light as 70 pounds or as heavy as 260.
Moaning Cavern Park
5350 Moaning Cave Road
Vallecito, CA 95251
For more information call (866)762-2837
Moaning Cavern Park
5350 Moaning Cave Road
Vallecito, CA 95251
For more information call (866)762-2837
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is one of San Diego's top attractions for kids. The Science Center features more than 100 interactive science exhibits in five galleries, as well as major traveling exhibitions. Visitors can create colored shadows, design images with a sand pendulum, examine the vibration of guitar strings and get their hands on a variety of intriguing scientific phenomena. The Virtual Zone is perfect for adventurous and inquisitive visitors alike. A 23-passenger motion simulator ride offers white-knuckle thrills, while Do-Undo makes visitors the main attraction, recording and instantly replaying your every move forward (as executed) and backwards (in time reversal), faster and faster. The Virtual Zone also features TryScience!, a multi-person science exploration station, with games and experiments on topics like dinosaurs and dolphins. The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center • 1875 El Prado • San Diego, CA 92101 Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is one of the many attractions included with the Go San Diego Card.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Old Town Trolley is actually an open air bus that looks like a trolley car. Taking a route around San Diego with eight stops at some of the cities best attractions the trolley is a great way to save on gas and parking fees. If your visiting for the day or on vacation park your car and take the trolley. The conductor points out lots of interesting places and is more than happy to share his knowledge of San Diego. Kids get to play a trivia game spotting different landmarks around the city. Next time your in town check out this fun alternative to driving in San Diego. Old Town Trolley Vacation Packages
Saturday, August 09, 2008
The 25 ft tall Kiss statue is of the famous photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt during the VJ Day celebrations in Times Square in 1945.
Located next to the USS Midway Museum in downtown San Diego the statue is quite popular with couples striking the same pose and having their picture taken next to the huge figures
The official name of the 6,000-pound sculpture is “Unconditional Surrender” however most people just call it the kiss statue. The work of art was dedicated on February 11, 2007 and has been turning heads ever since.
On valentines day 2013 a new permanent bronze kiss statue replaced the original foam core version.
Edith Shain the woman who is being kissed in the statue attended the unveiling of the original statue , she died in 2010 at age 91.
Friday, August 08, 2008
Sea Ranch is located along the in Sonoma County and is a popular vacation destination. This quaint seaside village is about 100 miles north of San Francisco and is famous for its distinctive architecture of weathered-wood structures. Most homes at The Sea Ranch do not have lawns or fences. All public landscaping must use native plants. A herd of sheep is used to keep grass cut low to the ground to reduce the threat of fire during the summer months. Visitors can stay at the Sea Ranch Lodge or rent out one of the houses for their vacation. No amusement parks here just a quite relaxing small town along the rugged northern California coast.
For more information about Sonoma County:
Sonoma County Tourism Bureau
420 Aviation Blvd., Ste 106
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Fort Ross was a thriving Russian-American Company settlement from 1812 to 1841. This commercial company chartered by Russia's tsarist government controlled all Russian exploration, trade and settlement in the North Pacific, and established permanent settlements in Alaska and California. Fort Ross was the southernmost settlement in the Russian colonization of the North American continent, and was established as an agricultural base to supply Alaska. It was the site of California's first windmills and shipbuilding, and Russian scientists were among the first to record California’s cultural and natural history. The park grounds are open half hour before sunrise to half hour after sunset each day. The Visitor Center, Bookstore, and Fort Compound are open from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM each day. The park is 12 miles north of Jenner on Highway One.
Fort Ross State Historic Park
19005 Coast Highway One
Jenner, CA 95450
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Sonoma Coast State Beach extends 17 miles from Bodega Head to 4 miles north of Jenner. This section of Northern California coast is made up of several beaches including Shell Beach, Portuguese Beach, Salmon Creek Beach and Wright's Beach. Activities including beach camping, tide pools, fishing and beach combing. The water is too cold for swimming unless you have a wet suit but there is plenty else to keep you busy. Sonoma Coast State Beach one of California's most scenic attractions and unlike the beaches in Southern California they are very rarely crowded.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
A Luffa or Loofah sponge is used like a body scrub. Both the coarse textured sponge and the soft textured sponge are called Luffas or Loofahs. The latter soft textured luffa sponges aren't in fact derived from the luffa fruit, but are manufactured by folding in several layers of soft mesh-like fabric into a cloud-like shape; commonly used in tandem with shower gels/lotions.If you have ever wondered how this natural sponges are grown and are on a trip through central California you are invited to stop by The Luffa Farm for a free tour. The luffas you buy in stores are typically grown, or "made in" other countries. These Luffa sponges are made and grown right here in California. Luffa sponges are non-abrasive enough to wash dishes, cars, sinks, toys, golf clubs, floors, walls, windows and of course great for bathing. So next time your looking for a natural sponge look for the label "grown in Nipomo" or better yet head out to the farm and see firsthand how the luffa vines look.
The Luffa Farm
1457 Willow Road
Nipomo, CA, 93444
Wednesdays through Sundays
10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Monday, August 04, 2008
Palm trees, open air and a brown and tan color scheme. This pretty much describes most malls built in California in the last ten years. Irvine Spectrum fits the mold on a grand scale with over a 150 stores along it's palm tree lined promenades. The shopping mall has a couple of stand out features including a 108 foot Ferris wheel and the only IMAX theatre in the area. Dinning and entertainment are the main themes with shopping a secondary thought. Most of the stores are specialty however there is a Nordstrom at the mall. This center is very popular with locals mainly because there is no competition nearby. Another clone Southern California mall but still worth a visit. Irvine Spectrum 71 Fortune Drive Irvine, CA 92618 Center hours Retail: Sun-Sat 10am-10pm Restaurant and Entertainment: Sun-Sat 11am-11pm
Sunday, August 03, 2008
The Sawdust Festival is an annual event in Laguna Canyon. Each year 200 fine art and craftspeople display their works of art at this scenic canyon art show. Open 10 am to 10 pm daily until August 31. While browsing through the artists booths you will be entertained by various music groups. The Sawdust Festival is a great place to spend the day and fun for the whole family.
All entertainment is included with admission and is provided daily until 9:30 p.m. on three outdoor stages. To see these headliners and all of other performers, purchase our $20 Summer Season Pass or an Annual Pass and get unlimited admission all summer long! Regular Adult admission is $7; Seniors $6 age 65 and up; Children $3 age 6-12 years and Free for children under 5 years of age. Discounts available online at www.sawdustartfestival.org
Avoid downtown traffic and park in the City’s Act V lot for just $7 per day or park for FREE at South Coast Medical Center after 3 p.m. weekdays or all day weekends. Then take a FREE City trolley to our festival from either location.
Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA. 92651