Diamond Head Hike

Diamond Head Hike - Wikiki view Ascending Diamond Head Crater is more than just a hike; it's a rite of passage for visitors to Oahu, offering a tangible connection to the island's volcanic roots and breathtaking natural beauty. 

My journey to the summit was guided by a decision that enriched the experience with historical insights and cultural depth. Despite its popularity, the path to the peak presents its own set of challenges, notably the steep ascent that tests the resolve of each adventurer. Yet, the allure of the panoramic views from the summit propels hikers forward, promising a reward that far outweighs the effort.

San Diego

nullThe city of San Diego and the greater San Diego County are home to beautiful beaches, popular attractions, hiking trails and many more adventures.

Many people come to the city to enjoy SeaWorld’s exhibits and shows or the world-famous San Diego Zoo, but there is much more to explore around town. 

You can spend days visiting the museums at Balboa Park, take a sunset dinner cruise in the harbor or climb aboard an Aircraft Carrier. 

Or if you prefer, you can visit the Cabrillo National Monument, hike through Torrey Pines State Park or go on the Sunset Cliffs trail for stunning views of the ocean.

Holy Jim Falls Hike

Holy Jim Falls Hike

I am surprised to find a flowing waterfall in the middle of summer in Southern California – and this one is in my backyard in Orange County. 

The Holy Jim Falls hike is a 2.9-mile out-and-back trail near Trabuco Canyon, California. It is generally considered a moderately challenging route, with an elevation gain of 600 feet (ca. 183 m). 

Our trek to this trail started on the rough dirt road, Trabuco Canyon, with many bumps and potholes. I strongly recommend a high-clearance vehicle for this road. 

But once we arrived at the parking lot, we forgot about the rough ride and enjoyed the hike.

Hollywood Land

Disney California Adventure - Frozen Live

​At Hollywood Land you can step into the golden age of Hollywood in the 1930s and enjoy the magic of cinema and theater.

Stroll through Hollywood streets, catch a show at the Hyperion Theater, or go on a terrifying ride at the “Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout!​”.

OC Dog Parks

Dogs playing on the beachOur canine friends also need places to frolic and enjoy nature, and Orange County is full of Dog Parks where they can roam free and meet other dogs.

In addition to parks and beaches dedicated to dogs, there are several dog-friendly public beaches.  

Costa Mesa Bark Park

The Costa Mesa Bark Park is a fenced-in, off-leash dog park located at 890 Arlington Drive in Costa Mesa, California. It is open daily from 7:30 am to 8:45 pm, except Wednesdays when it is closed for regular maintenance.