Sunday, June 28, 2009

New Brighton State Beach

New Brighton State Beach
New Brighton State Beach is located south of Santa Cruz California in the town of Capitola. The beach is very popular during the summer months for both day use and beach camping. The 111 campsites are on a bluff overlooking northern Monterey Bay. Nearby is Seacliff’s famous fishing pier which has a concrete tanker at its end, the SS Palo Alto. It was built during World War I, when wartime steel shortages created a demand for alternate shipbuilding materials. However, when the war ended, so did the desperate need for ships, and the Palo Alto was never completed. In 1930 the Seacliff Amusement Corporation bought the ship and turned it into an elaborate amusement center. Once positioned at the beach, the Palo Alto was brought to rest on the ocean bottom and the pier was built leading to the ship. Camping at New Brighton and Seacliff beaches is very popular during the summer. Most of the time campsites are sold out months in advance. Picnicking, fishing, camping, hiking and
swimming are favorite family activities at these State Beaches.Location is four
miles south of Santa Cruz, off Highway 1 at the intersection of Park and McGregor Drives. New Brighton State Beach

Monday, June 22, 2009

Caswell State Park Camping Trip

Caswell State Park
Caswell Memorial State Park is an oasis of oak trees in a sea of farm land in the California central Valley. The Stanislaus River runs through Caswell State Park and during the summer campers can cool off in the slow moving waterway. There are 65 campsites most of which face the river. During the week you can have the park to yourself. Weekends Caswell State Park is full of campers from the San Francisco bay area. There are miles of hiking trails that twist there way through the oak trees or you can hop on an inner tube and float down the river. Location - Directions From 99, take the Austin Rd. exit. Head South on Austin Rd. and you will run into the park at the end of the road. Latitude/Longitude: 37.7005 / -121.1243 Year-round day use 8:00am to sunset Entrance station open Spring and Fall weekends, most days May through September. 28000 South Austin Road Ripon CA 95366 209-599-3810
Caswell State Park Camping Reservations

Friday, June 12, 2009

Dr. Seuss Traveling Sculpture Garden San Diego

Dr. Seuss Traveling Sculpture Garden San Diego
The Dr. Seuss Traveling Sculpture Garden is on display at the Hotel del Coronado, across the bay from downtown San Diego. You can view the statues from now until June 30th on the grounds of the historic hotel. The 5’ and 8’ bronze sculptures are on a tour of California with stops in San Diego, Pleasanton, and the Fresno Metropolitan Museum. This exhibit is in recognition of Seuss’ creative talent and gives the to enjoy the life principals expressed and memories associated with his books and art.
About The Art of Dr. Seuss

Ted Geisel wrote 44 books between 1937 and 1990, changing the way generations of children learned to read. While his most prominent legacy is in children’s literacy, his artistic legacy continues to cross over generations and genres impacting the worlds of art, literature, pop and high culture. Many of today’s top talents pay tribute to Dr. Seuss as a key influence in their own artistic development. For over 60 years, Dr. Seuss’s illustrations brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds. However, his artistic talent went far beyond the printed page to his collection of Secret Art. Seuss always dreamed of sharing these works with his fans and had entrusted his wife, Audrey, to carry out his wishes once he was gone. In 1997, this dream was realized when The Art of Dr. Seuss project was launched.

Dr. Seuss Touring Sculpture Garden – California Touring Schedule:
Hotel del Coronado, Coronado, CA -(Now – June 30, 2009)
Stephen Clayton Galleries, Coronado, CA -(July 1, 2009 – August 30, 2009)
Studio 7 Fine Arts, Pleasanton, CA -(September 2, 2009 – October 21, 2009)
Fresno Metropolitan Museum, Fresno, CA -(October 31, 2009 – January 17, 2010)

Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden
About Hotel Del Coranado

The Hotel del Coronado (also known as the The Del to local residents) is a beachfront luxury hotel in the city of Coronado, just across the San Diego Bay from San Diego, California. It is one of the few surviving examples of an American architectural genre: the wooden Victorian beach resort. It is one of the oldest and largest all-wooden buildings in California and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.
Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118
Across the bay from downtown San Diego

Monday, June 08, 2009

Things to do Fathers Day Los Angeles

Fathers Day is just around the corner, what do you have planned for dad? Breakfast or maybe brunch. Well this year give dad something a little extra and take him somewhere special. Take Dad hiking or biking. Go on a Bay cruise or travel on a train. Whatever you decide Dad will appreciate that you have taken the time to spend Fathers Day with him. Here is a list of Los Angeles area things to and places to see on Fathers day.

Griffith Observatory - One of the best places to visit in LA for free. Take Dad up Mount Hollywood to see the sights. Maybe even splurge and see the Planetarium show for a few bucks.

Fillmore and Western Train Ride - Special Fathers Day BBQ train leaving at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Fun for the whole family any time of the year. Fillmore is about an hours drive from Los Angeles.

Magic Mountain - If dad likes roller coasters then Six Flag Magic Mountain is the place to take him. Ride the Terminator® Salvation™ and give dad a day he will not forget. Tickets only $27.00 bucks when you buy online, a great deal.

Palm Springs Tramway - Going to take a couple of hours to get there, but when you do, the ride is well worth it. Might still be a few patches of snow to throw at Dad.

Farmers Market Los Angeles - Great for breakfast or lunch. So many places to eat it will be hard to pick which place to fill dad up at. Next door is the Grove Shopping Center where you can get a last minute Fathers Day gift.

Los Angeles Zoo - With nearly 1000 animals living at the zoo dad will feel right at home. From 6-9 pm a variety of musical acts will perform at different locations throughout the Zoo.

Orange Empire Railway - Ride the Big Red Cars of the Pacific Electric and enjoy a Father's Day BBQ. The largest group Trolley Cars of the year are out to ride on for dads day.

Los Angeles Sol Home Depot Center Carson - Professional women’s soccer team will have events during the game including promotional giveaways, basketball shooting, football throw and putting. Before the game in the morning there will be a 5k/10k race.

L. A. Roadsters Car Club Show - 45th year Los Angeles Roadsters Club world-renowned show and the 30th year it will be held at the L. A. County Fairplex, located in Pomona, California. This year the show will be held on Saturday, June 20th and Sunday, June 21st.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Things to do On Fathers Day San Diego

June 21, Fathers Day is just around the corner. Don't settle for a necktie or six pack of beer, take dad somewhere special this year. Out to breakfast is cool, a healthy bike ride or hike is invigorating, seeing the latest action movie should keep dad happy. If these Ideas are not quite what your looking for here is a list of things to do on Fathers Day in San Diego.

USS Midway Museum - Every dad should love going to the Midway. Jets, helicopters and a massive warship. Dad will get a kick out of visiting this historic ship in downtown San Diego.

La Jolla Kayak Tour - Take dad on an adventure to the sea caves at La Jolla. Plan on getting a little wet. Book early all tours will fill up fast.

San Diego Zoo - You belong in the zoo and so does dad. This fathers day trip will take all day but is surprisingly affordable.

Keys Creek Lavender Farm Fathers Day Barbecue - Celebrate the First Annual Harvest Festival. Enjoy live music, tasty BBQ for purchase, Keys Creek Lavender Plant Sale and Essential Oil Demonstration - plus much more.

Balboa Park - Free parking and lots of free things to do. For people on a budget Balboa Park is a great place to visit on Fathers Day.

Gaslamp Quarter - Downtown San Diego's historic heart. Pull up a to one of the sidewalk bars and restaurants and have lunch or dinner with your favorite father figure.

San Diego Wild Animal Park - The wild animal park is another surprisingly affordable place to spend the day. For a real adventure try the parks new zip line.

Mission Trails Regional Park - Tell dad to take a hike. Mission hills has lots of trails to work off that Fathers day breakfast.

Chula Vista Nature Center - This is a fun place for a Fathers Day outing. Not too far away and a nice place for family time.