Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Silver Strand Beach San Diego

Silver Strand Beach San Diego
Silver Strand State Beach is only minutes away from downtown San Diego. The beach is on a strip of sand that separates the Pacific Ocean from San Diego Bay. At one time a train ran along the sand spit bringing tourist to the Hotel Del Coronado. Today highway 75 splits the park into two sections ocean and bay. Beach camping is permitted on the Pacific Ocean side with some sites backing right onto the beach. With only 136 spaces for camping these campsites are much sought after. Unless you happen to get lucky and find a cancellation you will need to book months in advance. On the bay side of the park is the Crown Cove Aquatic Center is a effort between California State Parks, Southwestern Community College and the California Department of Boating and Waterways. The aquatic center offers classes in boating safety, leadership training, CPR, first aid, swift water rescue and lifeguard training. For Day use there are plenty of places to have a picnic and the calmer and slightly warmer water in the bay is ideal for swimming and boating. Crown Cove Trail is an accessible .8-mile loop and take you through some of the natural habitat of the strand. Silver Strand State Beach Strand State Beach 5000 Hwy. 75 Coronado, CA 92118

Monday, July 27, 2009

Laserium Hollywood

Laserium is back and just down the hill form its original location at the Griffith Observatory. The same people who brought you the great Laserium shows at Griffith Park Observatory are now showing the light show at the Cyber Theater in Hollywood. The Laserium CyberTheater offers a variety of experiences, including technologically updated versions of three of the most popular Classic Laserium shows, featuring music from Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, the Beatles, and Led Zeppelin.
Expanding on the Laserium of the past, which projected on the ceiling, the new Laserium CyberTheater features 3-D lasers shooting throughout the theater. Six projection screens allow for effects never seen before -- including moving and floating imagery -- providing a totally immersive experience.
The great Laserium Shows of Griffith Park Observatory that you know and love have returned to a new home at Hollywood and Vine. Yeah, it's been a long time but come on back and get comfortably numb at Los Angeles' coolest Rock and Laser show.
Laserium at Hollywood & Vine

Friday, July 24, 2009

Bugs Invading Long Beach California

Bugs will be invading Long Beach twice this year so be sure to mark these two dates on your calendar.

Long Beach Crawfish Festival
August 1&2, 2009
Long Beach, CA, USA
The Crawfish Festival combines the best Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans sounds of music, tons of fresh crawfish prepared Louisiana style and served by authentic Cajun chefs, giant food court, children’s area, dance floor, two stages and beach bars to create the largest Crawfish Festival outside of Louisiana, right here in Southern California. Don't Miss out, last year sold out!

The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
September 11-13, 2009
Long Beach, CA,m USA
The Original Lobster Festival combines local popular artists, Swing, Salsa, R&B/Motown, 70s/80s Dance Bands, Fresh Live Maine Lobsters steamed in the World’s Largest Cooker for that mouth watering taste, food court, children’s area, dance floor, two stages and bars to create the largest Lobster Festival outside of Maine, in Southern California.

Sea World San Diego Discount Tickets

Sea World San Diego Discount Tickets
Sea World San Diego Adults and Kids Price with a second day for free. Here is a great deal for summer family fun. Spend the day at Sea World with mom and dad getting in for the same price as the kids. As an added bonus you all get to come back for a second day for free. Print at Home Tickets Available! - SeaWorld Single-Day Ticket is valid for one day admission to SeaWorld San Diego. Plus receive a 2nd Visit Free. Print at Home Tickets Here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Madame Tussauds Hollywood

Madame Tussauds is having its grand opening in Hollywood, California on August 1, 2009. Located on Hollywood Boulevard next to Grauman's Chinese Theatre the wax museum ads another first class attraction to downtown Hollywood. The $55-million structure will house 115 wax figures, including the likenesses of actors Bruce Willis, Halle Berry, James Bond, Clint Eastwood and even Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Unlike other wax museums, Madame Tussauds will let you get up close to the wax figures to take pictures. The wax figures can take three to four months sculpt and cost nearly $300,000 each. The entrance to Madame Tussauds Hollywood will feature a red carpet, flashing cameras and Joan Rivers' gravity-defying likeness, complete with microphone in hand to greet visitors. This is the ninth Madame Tussauds and the first-ever to be built from the ground up. The building is over 40,000 square foot, three-stories high and has underground parking. For the first week tickets will be offered at reduced rates and after that tickets will be an expensive $25.00 each.
Madame Tussauds is located next to the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

Madame Tussauds Hollywood
6933 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sonoma Coast State Beach

Sonoma Coast State Beach
Sonoma Coast State Beach consist of about 16 miles of Northern California coastline. The weather here is usually mild to cold with lots of wind and fog.

During the summer months, the morning fog usually burns off to create pleasant, sunny afternoons.

 Even during the summer, its wise to dress for the possibility of wet, cold weather. Activites include fishing,
camping and hiking.

During the summer months the Jenner Visitor Center is open on weekends. Learn about the natural and cultural history of area while enjoying a spectacular view of the Russian River.

 Camping—Wright’s Beach Campground has 30 developed sites near the beach. No shower facilities are available. At Bodega Dunes Campground, 98 developed sites have restrooms, a campfire center, hot pay showers and a RV sanitation station. Advance reservations are advised.

 From June through September, camping stays are limited to 10 consecutive days and a total of 30 days annually. Sonoma Coast State Beach Bodega Bay, CA 94923

Friday, July 17, 2009

Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

Santa Cruz Mystery Spot
Santa Cruz Mystery Spot is located just outside the city Santa Cruz, California. The Mystery Spot was discovered in 1939 by a group of surveyors and opened to the public in 1940. Ever since thousands of visitors have come to the spot to experience the variations of gravity, perspective, and height. At Santa Cruz's "Mystery Spot," balls roll uphill, chairs sit on walls and people lean over so far they can't see their shoes, yet they don't fall down. Are these just visual illusions or is there something really strange going on. Its up to you to decide and it only costs a couple of bucks to find out. Next time you are in the Santa Cruz area check out the Santa Cruz Mystery Spot.

The Mystery Spot
465 Mystery Spot Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95065

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Brannan Island California

Brannan Island California
In Southern California going to the river means the Colorado river. In northern California going to the river means the Sacramento River. Brannan Island State Recreation Area is located on the banks of the Sacramento river midway between San Francisco and Sacramento California. During the summer the campsites and river are overflowing with people eager to cool off in the Sacramento river. Popular activities are jet skiing, boating and fishing. The 100 plus campsites are just about always booked up months in advance so plan ahead if your thinking about an overnight stay. There is also a day use area with swimming beach and boat launch. Brannan Island California is within easy driving distance of both San Francisco and Sacramento and is perfect for a day trip or camping adventure. More about Brannan Island

Monday, July 13, 2009

Eureka North Coast California

Carson Mansion
Eureka California is perfectly situated as a base camp for exploring the rugged north coast of California. Sitting on the edge of Humboldt Bay this coastal town is a classic town with hundreds of restored Victorian homes and businesses. The stand out building in town is the Carson Mansion which was built in the late 1800s. Winters are foggy and rainy but during the summer Eureka has perfect weather perfect for discovering Northern California. Redwood National and State Parks are inland from Eureka and have some of the tallest and oldest redwood trees in the nation. The North Coast California is a vast area covering nearly 400 miles of coastline. Eureka California is an excellent choice for the start of any California North Coast road trip.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Orange County Fair 2009

Orange County Fair 2009
This year the Orange County Fair is in its 119 year. Over the course of the next three weeks almost one million people will visit the Orange County Fair. Admission cost this year is admission is 10 dollars for adults and five dollars for kids 6 -12. The fair has various discount days that can save you money.
SENIOR DAYS FRIDAYS - $4 admission for those 60 years or older, plus FREE Ferris Wheel & Merry-go-round rides.Valid all day Friday.
KIDS FREE THURSDAYS- Kids 12 and under receive FREE admission every Thursday.
Valid all day Thursday.
SALUTE TO HEROES - Free admission for active duty military, law enforcement & firefighters with I.D., plus one guest from 1 PM – 6 PM
Valid only July 10, 2009.
WE CARE WEDNESDAYS - Wednesday, July 15 Food Drive, Noon - 6 PM
One free admission ticket and one carnival ride in exchange for five (5) canned food items. One ticket/carnival ride per person.Benefits Second Harvest Food Bank and Share Our Selves.
Things to do at the Orange County fair include Carnival rides, food vendors, livestock events and contests, wine courtyard, concerts and daily events.
July 10-August 9
Wednesday - Friday: noon - midnight
Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. – midnight
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
The OC Super Fair is located at
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, California 92626.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Free Lunch Lower Trestles July 7, 2009

Free Lunch Lower Trestles July 7, 2009
FREE Bagged Lunch Tomorrow Tuesday July 7th at Lower Trestles. The ERGO crew will be down on the beach at Lower Trestles on Tuesday, July 7th giving out free bagged lunches. If your heading down there, stop by the ERGO tent and grab yourself a sandwich to refuel for that 2nd session. More about Trestles Beach

San Luis Obispo Lighthouse

San Luis Obispo Lighthouse
The Port San Luis Obispo Lighthouse was completed in June 1890, and the light was officially lit for the first time on June 30, 1890. Perched on a cliff overlooking the San Luis Bay the lighthouse is only accessible through a docent led 3.5 mile round-trip hike along the Pecho Coast Trail. Pre-registration online is required for these hikes. The trip to the lighthouse is open to 20 hikers on Wednesdays until October 28th with a departure time of 3:30 PM. Weekend hikes are on Saturdays, the trail is open to 40 hikers for starts at 9 AM. Parking is at the Port San Luis Harbor parking lot located at the base of the pier. Adults $5, Family rate, parent(s) with children under the age of 18 $10, and children 12 and under are FREE. Lighthouse items, light snacks and bottle water are available for purchase at the gift shop.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Anime Expo AX 2009 Los Angeles

What started out as a trip to LA Live and the Grammy Museum turned into a interesting look into the world of Anime. The Anime Expo (AX) is anime convention that takes place over the July 4 weekend for four days each year in Los Angeles. Here are some pictures from the 2009 Anime Expo AX. As it turns out the Anime Expo was way more fun than LA Live and the Grammy Museum.

Anime Expo AX 2009

Anime Expo AX 2009

Anime Expo AX 2009

Anime Expo AX 2009

Anime Expo AX 2009

Anime Expo AX 2009

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Seymour Marine Discovery Center Santa Cruz

Seymour Marine Discovery Center is located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Santa Cruz, California. The center is part of the Long Marine Laboratory and is open to the public every day except Monday. Inside, the center offers a look at the marine world surrounding the Monterey Bay Sanctuary. One of the most striking exhibits at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a huge 87-foot long Blue Whale skeleton.
The Seymour Marine Discovery Center has four different exhibits: looking, testing, puzzling, questioning. These try to show the visitors what scientists do, and how they go about their research.

The Looking Exhibit: This exhibit “offers thematic interactive experiences and adventures in a wide variety of scientific fields for visitors of all ages, and in nine different languages.” These displays try to give the viewers a “hands-on” experience, and try to show how a scientist does his or her research out in the field. There are three different parts to this exhibit:

Elephant Seals field studies
Coastal Geographical Processes
Tidepool Ecology: Long-term Observations
The Testing Exhibit: At this exhibit there are three displays and instruments used by scientists to collect data and samples for a variety of things: investigating life on Earth, they are used in the depths of the oceans, with marine mammals in water and air, and to sample the environmental toxins that accumulate everywhere. The three displays are:

Ocean Drilling Project (ODP)
Pinniped Sensory Abilities
Heavy Metals in the Environment
The Puzzling Exhibit:

Marine Snow Studies
Otter and Killer Whale Interactions
The Questioning Exhibit: The questioning aspect of the center is incorporated with the aquarium. On each tank, which houses an animal, there is a question relating to that animal which the scientists have to ask themselves. Some examples of these questions are: “How smart is an octopus? What does this crab do when it outgrows its shell? What survival techniques do sand dabs use to escape hungry predators?”

Days and Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, noon to 5 PM
Closed Monday
Adult $6
Student or Senior (64+) $4
Child (4-16) $4
First Tuesday of each month free admission

Located at the End of Delaware Avenue
100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95060