Tuna Canyon Hike

Tuna Canyon Park - Hike - Santa Monica Bay ViewLocated in the Santa Monica Mountains between Topanga and Malibu, Tuna Canyon Park covers an expansive 1,255 miles. The park is dotted with sagebrush, wildflowers, and oak trees, offering a picturesque landscape.

Tuna Canyon features numerous hidden trails, making it a less frequented destination perfect for those seeking solitude away from the bustling city life of Los Angeles.

Olympic National Park Tour

Olympic National Park Hurricane RidgeI visited the Seattle area several times, but never made it to Olympic National Park, partly because of the long drive, but also because I didn’t know what I am missing.

This time around, in July 2023, I went with Evergreen Escapes on a full-day tour that took us from Seattle, on a ferry, through Bainbridge Island, a Native Reservation, several port towns, national forests, lakes and majestic peaks. 

Here is my account of this spectacular tour.

Sedona Stargazing

Last year, we ventured out in the dark to admire the stars, exploring locales like Thunder Mountain and Sugarloaf Summit.

This year, we opted for a professional touch on our Stargazing tour. Sedona Stargazing offers an excellent tour, utilizing large telescopes to reveal distant planets and stars.

We convened at a high school field enveloped in darkness, guided by flashlights to our designated parking spots. The site is roughly 20 minutes from Sedona's center, off Highway 179.

Once everyone was gathered, we proceeded to the telescopes set up on the school's field.

California Stargazing Spots

Joshua Tree NP Stargazing - by Christopher Michael  Wikimedia

California, often celebrated for its stunning landscapes and diverse attractions, also offers some of the most breathtaking stargazing opportunities in the United States. From remote deserts to pristine mountain ranges, the Golden State boasts an array of destinations where you can marvel at the beauty of the night sky. 

Tip: To get the best view of the heavens, try to avoid the bright moon spoiling your view. Check the moon phase calendar here.

As someone who has had the privilege of visiting these celestial oases, let me take you on a journey through some of the best stargazing places in California.

Bolsa Chica Wildlife Preserve

Bolsa Chica Wildlife PreserveWildlife Preserve

This 1200-acre undeveloped wetlands area is a quick escape from urban sprawl. Here, you can take a leisurely stroll, a brisk hike, jog, bird watch, and take lots of photos.

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is a nature reserve in the city of Huntington Beach, California. It is designated by the California Department of Fish and Game to protect a coastal wetland with its resident threatened and endangered species. "Bolsa Chica" means "little bag" in Spanish, as the area was part of a historic Mexican land grant named Rancho La Bolsa Chica.