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West Coast Bird Watching Road Trip

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Are you an avid bird watcher or simply like to take in the sights? Check out this west coast road trip that features birding to see some of the most exotic birds in the USA.

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Port Lavaca, Texas
The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to start off the trip. With 54,000 acre’s, this refuge is most famous for its rarest bird, the whooping crane. Out of the 250 left in the world, more than 100 of this highly endangered species usually arrives here between mid October and early April. To protect the cranes, visitors can view them only by boat, but it’s well worth the trip. 5,000 acres of the refuge is accessible by car and on foot making sightings of many herons and egrets, sandhill cranes, waterfowl, shorebirds, and terns plentiful during the winter months.

Whooping Crane in flight
Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture – Flickr: 20110214-USDA-JN-0001 by John Noll

Cave Creek Canyon, Portal, Arizona
After hitting up the wildlife refuge, head west to southern Arizona. There are many outstanding birding locales in southern Arizona, however, Cave Creek is of special interest. The canyon not only houses a wide variety of species in a small area, but also many essentially Mexican birds. These birds don’t venture much farther north then Cave Creek including the elegant trogon, the painted redstart and many hummingbirds.

Trogon

Photo credit: Nick Athanas

Monterey Peninsula, California
Next, head towards California and take a drive up Highway One to Monterey and keep an eye out for saltwater ducks, gulls and alcids such as guillemots, murres, and other pufflinlike birds on the municipal wharf and the Coast Guard pier. If you’re looking for a California native, the chestnut-backed chickadee can be found in the hills of Monterey cypress and pine.

Chestnut Backed Chickadee
Photo credit: jkcassady.com

Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite is a unique birding locale as it offers 1,189 accessible square miles with elevations that range from 2,000 to 13,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada range. Due to the cross section of habitats, birds that are typically in more northerly locations, such as Canada, can easily be seen. The great gray owl, pine grosbeak, calliope hummingbird, white-headed woodpecker and many more .

Great Gray Owl
Photo credit: Cameron Rognan

Tule Lake, California
If you couldn’t get enough waterbirds, head up to Tule Lake which houses three national wildlife refuges – Clear Lake (not open to the public), Lower Klamath and Tule Lake itself. In the dry uplands you can spot the rarely seen sage grouse and in the fall hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese and swans stop here before continuing their migration south.

Sage Grouse
Photo credit: Snowmanradio, Wikipedia

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See San Francisco

Friday, August 12th, 2016

San Francisco is the friendliest and artsiest city in the US. Here are five things to make sure you do when in ‘Shaky Town’.

Golden Gate Bridge

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This famous bridge is possibly the most well-known thing about San Francisco, and it merits a visit for sure. Put on sunscreen for your walk across the famous bridge or else you will end up with an asymmetrical burn, still worth it though!

Fisherman’s Wharf / Pier 39

fishermans-wharf

Here is a little bit of everything San Francisco has to offer. Shopping, great sweet and savoury food, street performers, museums, art galleries, and a chance to see the sea lions that hang out on the rocky shore.

Alcatraz Island

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The famous former prison can be reached by ferry. Once you arrive you will receive a head set and a tap to listen to the tour at your leisure. The story about the prison escape is the most interesting. Outside you can walk around the island and enjoy the grounds. A truly unique and eerie National Historic Landmark.

Lands’ End

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This little slice of heaven feels completely isolated from the city and you have a less touristy, more authentic experience. There are hiking trails winding around a rugged coastline with hidden gems such as Sutro bath and caves. Located on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, it provides awesome views of the city and the bridge, especially from the Cliff House Bar. It gets chilly by the water so dress in layers!

Golden Gate Park

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The Golden Gate Park has plenty of attractions to offer but if you are short on time I would recommend the trio of the Japanese Tea Garden, California Academy of Sciences, and the De Young (fine arts) museum, all located in the Music Concourse Area. These are connected by an open-air plaza that is often filled with street performers and artists.

Seeing Miami in an RV

Monday, July 25th, 2016

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Miami is a great location to pick up your RV because there is plenty of beachy campgrounds, it’s close driving distance to the Everglades and there’s endless options about where to go after Florida. Do you want to travel up the coast of Florida? Maybe continue up the east coast towards New York? Or perhaps head west with a one-way RV motorhome rental and drive along the Gulf of Mexico to New Orleans and Houston? Whatever you decide, make sure you check out what Miami has to offer before heading on the road!

Outside in the City

Boat Tour

Take a boat tour or an airboat with one of many companies in Miami. Get the chance to see flowers and wildlife in nature! Alligators and baby alligators are commonly seen on boat tours.

Buffalo Tiger’s Airboat Tours

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Wynwood

The Wynwood area is known for its graphic street art. The ‘walls’ here are covered in amazing, colorful art pieces. Walk around, enjoy the art and maybe drop-in to a craft brewery. There is also lots of great restaurants in this area.

Bayfront Park
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The Bayfront Park is 32-acres of maintained greenery located in the centre of downtown Miami. Take part in the activities held here or catch a show at the amphitheatre. There is a sandy beach, a waterfall, tropical rock garden, and vendors to quench your thirst. Taking a stroll around the park will give you the opportunity to see monuments such as a World War 2 Veteran’s Memorial, the Challenger Memorial, Statues of Claude Pepper, Julia Tuttle, and Christopher Columbus, and the Mildred and Claude Pepper’s Fountain. The park extends along Biscayne Bay leading to the Bayside Marketplace.

Attractions & Entertainment

Zoological Wildlife Foundation

The ZWF is no ordinary zoo. When you arrive you will be appointed a knowledgeable guide to lead you around the area. You have the opportunity to get personal with the animals and even hold them. The centre truly cares about providing the best quality of life to the animals as possible. A great family activity to see local and exotic animals.

Dolphin Mall

Outlet shopping, anyone?!

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Photo courtesy of: By Bobak Ha’Eri (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bayside Marketplace

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By User:Kolossos (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/), via Wikimedia Commons

Visit Bayside in the afternoon or evening for live music. This is a great place to shop for souvenirs, hangout, people watch, and grab a bite to eat!

Others:
Miami Trolley
Miami Design District
Food Tours
Coconut Grove

History & Museums

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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‘Villa Vizcaya’ is a former estate of James Deering, a successful antiquities collector. It is in the Coconut Grove neighbourhood on the Biscayne Bay. There is Italian Renaissance gardens and the architecture and furnishings were also inspired by Italy when the estate was built in the early 1900’s.

Perez Art Museum Miami
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If you like modern art, the PAMM is for you.

Little Havana

Culture, history, good food and even better cigars! Little Havana is named after the capital of Cuba, and is appropriate because the Cuban-American population here is large. You can get by with English but a Spanish phrase book is always handy. Sip on a mojito after taking a walking tour of this colorful district. Make sure to seek a cigar shop that rolls the cigars in front of your eyes!

Landmarks include the American Airlines Arena, Marlins Park and the Freedom Tower.

Where to camp near Miami after you pick up your RV:

Florida City Camp Site and RV Park
Southern Comfort RV Resort
The Boardwalk RV Resort
Miami Everglades RV Resort
Thompson Park Campground
Embassy RV Park
Larry & Penny Thompson Campground in South Miami
For more RV parks and campgrounds in Florida check out Florida’s chapter of RV on the go.

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Happy Travels!

 

Our Top 5 Must See Beaches

Friday, July 15th, 2016

There’s just something about warm weather and beaches that go together. Is it the sand, the surf, the relaxation? Or a little bit of all three. As we travel around during summer vacations to soak up the sun, where are some of the best places to go? Take a look at our top 5 must see beaches across the USA:

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Martha's Vineyard
With a variety of beaches to choose from at Martha’s Vineyard it’s difficult to choose just one as they each offer sights not to be missed. Our favorite choice is to spend some time and visit them all.

Photo credit: massvacation.com

Clearwater Beach, Florida

Clearwater Beach

Spread along a narrow 3 mile stretch of the Pinellas Peninsula on the Golf Coast, Clearwater straddles Tampa Bay to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. Visitors can relax on the beach and swim or spend the day playing beach volleyball, taking a dolphin-watching cruise, rent a fishing boat or go parasailing.

Photo credit: askbeach.com

Manele Bay, Hawaii

Manele Bay, Hawaii

One of the worlds most perfect stretches of sand, Hulopo’e Beach can be found at the base of Manele Bay, a designated marine preserve. The Bay is filled with colorful fish making snorkeling and diving a must. Plus swimming in 70-degree water doesn’t hurt either.

Photo credit: leeabbamonte.com

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach is the largest resort along the South Carolina’s 60-mile Grand Strand and is an ultimate vacation hub. With amusement and water parks, restaurants and live entertainment their is no shortage of fun to be had.

Photo credit: visitmyrtlebeach.com

Coronado, California

Coronado
Stretching 1.5 miles behind the houses of Ocean Boulevard in front of the Hotel Del Coronado, there’s something for everyone who loves to play in the water. From swimming, surfing, sand sculpting to whale watching.

Photo credit: tripadvisor.ca

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RV in San Francisco

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

If you decide to pick-up your RV in San Francisco, make sure to see the city if only for a short time and it will leave you wanting more! Shaky Town is one of the friendliest and artsiest city in the US. Here are five things to do:

Golden Gate Bridge

san-francisco-golden-gate-bridge

This famous bridge is possibly the most well-known thing about San Francisco, and it merits a visit for sure. Put on sunscreen for a walk across the famous bridge or else you will end up with an asymmetrical burn, still worth it though!

Fisherman’s Wharf / Pier 39

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Here is a little bit of everything San Francisco has to offer. Shopping, great sweet and savoury food, street performers, museums, art galleries, and a chance to see the sea lions that hang out on the rocky shore.

Alcatraz Island

alcatraz island

The famous former prison is definitely worth a visit. Transportation to the island is by ferry, and once arrived you receive a head set and a tap to listen to the tour at your leisure. The story about the prison escape is the most interesting. Outside you can walk around the island and enjoy the grounds. A truly unique and eerie National Historic Landmark.

Lands’ End

san-francisco-land's-end

This little slice of heaven feels completely isolated from the city and you have a less touristy, more authentic experience. There are hiking trails nestled against a rugged coastline with hidden gems such as Sutro bath and a cave. Located on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, it provides awesome views of the city and the bridge, especially from the Cliff House Bar. It gets chilly by the water so dress in layers!

Golden Gate Park

san-francisco-golden-gate-park

The Golden Gate Park has plenty of attractions to offer but if you are short on time I would recommend the trio of the Japanese Tea Garden, California Academy of Sciences, and the De Young (fine arts) museum, all located in the Music Concourse Area. These are connected by an open-air plaza that is often filled with street performers and artists.

cable car

While in San Francisco immerse yourself by travelling short distances by Cable Car and striking up a conversation with a friendly local!

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Los Angeles RV-ing & Things To Do

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

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Los Angeles is known for its beautiful beaches, sunny climate and entertainment industry. There is so much to do in LA and we’ve narrowed down our top 5 favorite things to do:

The Getty Centre

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The Getty Centre is a program of the Getty Trust, one of the world’s largest and wealthiest art organizations. Set aside 3-4 hours to explore the Getty Art Museum; admire the architecture, take part in a workshop, walk the gardens with hidden sculptures and benches and get an eyeful of the best view of Los Angeles.

Universal Studios Theme Park

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No trip to Los Angeles is complete without a trip to Universal Studios. There is rides, shows, restaurants, cinemas, and a real working movie studio. Fun for the whole family! Give this attraction at least 1 full day.

Learn at Griffith Observatory

Griffith observatory sky view

Enjoy a free attraction at Griffith Observatory, but if you want to take in a planetary show there will be a small charge. Ask one of the many volunteers to explain any of the exhibits to you. This science and space centre is a short walk up from Griffith Park, the country’s largest public park.

Runyon Canyon Park

Hollywood sign

If you want nature in LA visit this park right in the middle of the city. It is an easy to moderate trail and takes about an hour round trip once you enter the park. The top offers a 360 degrees’ view of LA including unparalleled views of the Hollywood sign. Photo op anyone?!

 

The Nethercutt Collection

Awesome ol' car

Maybe one of the classiest attractions Hollywood has to offer is a collection of perfectly restored vintage cars, most from the 1930’s. This attraction is free but it’s a good idea to make a reservation the day before you plan on visiting.

LA sky line

Los Angeles is a great big city with tons to offer. There’s surfing, museums, world-class food, nature, a competitive night life, family attractions and the possibility to see a celebrity!

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Heading South for Warm Weather Camping

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Some people get the winter blues or February blahs, I always get itchy spring feet. I can’t wait to go camping and yet it’s still a bit cold in the north for me to brave the cool winter-moving-into-spring weather. Perhaps investing in some warmer winter sleep gear is needed, but sometimes heading out on the road for an adventure to warmer climates is what’s on the menu.

Understandably, warm-winter camping is found mainly in the southern side of the states. So treat yourself to some warm-winter camping and give yourself a thaw.

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’
Beaches, sunshine and fun times all along the 1100-mile-long coast of California. With so many options to camp where do you start? The first stop would be a book store to pick up this little gem: California Coastal Commission’s California Coastal Access Guide. “With up-to-date maps and information, it is an invaluable travel guide for all coastal visitors—beachgoers, hikers, campers, swimmers, divers, surfers, anglers, and boaters—detailing where to go, how to get there, and what facilities and environment to expect.” If you miss picking up the book, here are a few sites not to be missed:

Channel Islands National Park, California

Channel Islands National Park or there are seven state parks between Gaviota and Point Mugu all just offshore from the glamour and glitz of Santa Barbara. Climate is mild year round and in the winter as many as 50,000 seals and sea lions can be viewed at protected breeding grounds. For more information: nps.gov/chis.

Leo Carrillo State Park, California

Leo Carillo State Beach is 25 miles up the coast from Santa Monica along highway 1 and offers 1.5 miles of beach, tide pools, caves and reefs to explore. Giant Sycamore trees line the stream-bottomed canyon and provide shade for the campground. For more information: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=616.

Image courtesy of: mymalibubeach.com

SOUTHERN GEMS

Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia
Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia is only accessible by ferry but offers 17 miles of clean sand beaches, nearly 20,000 acres for exploring and features saltwater marshes, freshwater ponds, moss-covered forests and massive dunes. For more information: www.nps.gov/cuis.

Image courtesy of: youtube.com

The Natchez Trace Walking Trail, Mississippi/Tennessee

The Natchez Trace, Mississippi/Tennessee whose ancient game trail originally connected southern portions of the Mississippi River to central Tennessee salt licks. There are more than 400 miles of protected trail. There are no reservations and no fees to camp here. For more information: http://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm

Image courtesy of: madeinmississippi.us

UTAH’S DIXIE

Snow Canyon State Park, Utah

Snow Canyon State Park named for pioneer Erastus Snow is a bit off the beaten path but well worth the travel to see the views. For more information: https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/snow-canyon/.

Image courtesy of: pinterest.com

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is a bit higher in elevation, however, is well worth the cooler weather if you are an 4WD or ATV fanatic. And of course, the pink sand. For more information: https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/coral-pink/.

Image courtesy of: visitsouthernutah.com

DESERT VISTAS

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona/Nevada

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona/Nevada. There are just so many options to choose from between Lake Mead and Lake Mohave but a favorite is Boulder Bay. Three of America’s four desert ecosystems — the Mojave, the Great Basin, and the Sonoran Desert — meet here. For more information: http://www.nps.gov/lake/index.htm.

Image courtesy of: goodmanrealtyaz.com

Big Bend National Park, Texas

Big Bend National Park, Texas is on the Mexican border, where Rio Grande makes its “big bend” and is well worth the effort to travel here to experience with 800,000 acres to explore. For more information: http://www.nps.gov/bibe/index.htm.

Image courtesy of: texasoutside.com

So get out there and explore the adventures of winter camping in an RV today.

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What to know before going to Burning Man

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

You’ve bought your ticket to Burning Man, you’ve rented a RV or are bringing your own motorhome, you’ve stocked your food, water, costumes and gifts and are ready to head out on the road. Heading out into the desert to this amazing event is an experience not to be missed. However, on the way home, there are a few tips and tricks to make the clean up process far less painful.

Black Rock Desert

What to know before you head out to Burning Man:

If you’ve never been to Burning Man, a good first times guide can be found on the Burning Man website. Living for a week in the desert has its challenges, go prepared and life at your first burn will be that much more fun.

Power
Solar power is the way to go. It’s hot and sunny in the desert, with the exception of those sand storms. Running a generator burns fuel and is a noisy neighbor. Plus power makes a few things a bit easier to navigate around.

Lights
It’s unbelievably dark in BRC. Lighting up your RV so that you can see it on your way back to your home base is priceless.

Keeping Cool
The desert temperatures often reach above 100 degrees and there is no offer of any shade aside from what you make yourself. Here are a few great tips to keeping cool in extreme heat.

Fuel
Make sure you have enough fuel to get into and out of Burning Man. Also take into consideration fuel for the generator (just in case). There have been reports of people waiting in the line-up to get into Burning Man for upwards of 9 hours! So go prepared. Also, fill your tank on your way out of Reno. The closer you get to BRC the longer the line is for gas. And the wait becomes insane.

Seal the Dust Out
The alkaline dust found at the Playa can damage everything it touches. It has a talcum powder consistency and gets EVERYWHERE. Using painters tape to tape up all seams in your RV is key. It won’t keep all of the dust out, but it’s far better then using nothing at all. Sealing up a fresh set of clothes for the drive home is glorious.

Cleanup
Burning Man recommends a vinegar based cleaning solution to clean everything right away. From your clothes to your vehicle. Here are a few of their tips to cleaning out the dust. Make sure to use an air compressor to blow the dust from the engine (as the dust will lead to corrosion), wash the entire outside and vacuum up on the inside as soon as you possibly can. If you opt to visit a self service bay, make sure to find one that your RV can fit into. In Reno, this one is great. On the flip side, you can always pay a professional to clean your motorhome as well. They may charge a bit extra for the extra deep clean, but it’s well worth it.

In the end, remember to have fun, enjoy the experience and open yourself up to new adventures.

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Super Bowl 50 in a RV

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Super Bowl 50

Are you counting down the days to Super Bowl 50? We sure are! And yes it’s Super Bowl 50 not Super Bowl L. The NFL has decided to celebrate this milestone by suspending the Roman numerals for this year only.

This Sunday’s game (January 24, 2016) the Super Bowl participants will be determined. The Denver Broncos will face off against the New England Patriots (AFC) and the Arizona Cardinals and the Florida Panthers (NFC) will duke it out for the conference championship games.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan. The food, the buzz, the game. Getting down to the Super Bowl is always a bit of a feat. But what better way, than to arrive in style with an RV Motorhome. No drinking and driving needed. You just pull up and go. Plus, who wouldn’t love to stay in the Super Tailgate Village?

The Details of Super Bowl 50:

When: Sunday, February 7, 2016
Where: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California (home of the San Francisco 49ers)

Halftime show: Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Beyonce.

CBS Pregame programming

11 a.m. ET: Super Bowl 50: Before they were pros (NFL Films).
Noon ET: Road to the Super Bowl (NFL Films).
1 p.m. ET: Phil Simms All-Iron Team: Super Bowl Edition.
2-6 p.m. ET: The Super Bowl Today.
Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. ET.

Enjoy the tailgate, the food, the game all in an RV just minutes from Levi Stadium. Book your Super Bowl RV today!

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Trip Itinerary: California Coast

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Driving Highway 1 along the California Coast has been on my bucket list for years. Skiing the top California Mountains has also been on my bucket list for years. So when the opportunity came combining the two for an ultimate Cali road trip, who could give that up.

Check out below my ski/coastal Cali road trip itinerary:

Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain

The first stop on the list was Mammoth Mountain. I spent a couple days enjoying the slopes of this big bad hill. It was a ton of fun. Although I stayed at the base of the mountain, there was a free shuttle to downtown which boasted unique shopping, dinning, and small town feel.

Mono Lake

Mono Lake

Next was the drive up to Lake Tahoe. Along the way, a stop at Mono Lake is a must. It’s one of the oldest lakes in the western hemisphere and is 70 square miles in size.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

I drove along the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe to make it to North Lake Tahoe to start.

Northstar California

Northstar California

Purchasing the EPIC ski pass to hit NorthStar, Heavenly and Kirkwood was the best bang for the buck. Starting off at Northstar California was a great intro to Tahoe. It snowed the entire day and provided some great deep turns.

Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley

Being in North Lake Tahoe, skiing Squaw Valley is a must. Squaw hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics and should be on every snow sport enthusiasts bucket list.

Pier 39 San Francisco

Pier 39 San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

After skiing for a few days, it was time to head to the coast for the weekend. I spent a few days wandering around San Francisco. Checking out Pier 39 and the sea lions, doing the night tour of Alcatraz (the night tour is highly recommended as the added dusk feel offers the best creepy feeling as well as fantastic views of San Fran, eating at some of the best restaurants San Francisco has to offer (hello China Town) and dancing the nights away to the wonderful live music, was a great time spent.

Heavenly Mountain

Heavenly Mountain

After being in the city it was time to head back to the mountains – to South Lake Tahoe. Heavenly and Kirkwood Mountain was on the list. Heavenly is uniquely situated right on the California/Nevada border. The views of the lake are breath taking from the top of the mountain. So if you are a gambler, it’s easy walk down the road into Nevada and spend some time in the casino. If you’re like me, I decided to eat at the Fire and Ice Grill & Bar and watch the chefs toss up custom meals.

Kirkwood Mountain

Kirkwood Mountain

After Heavenly, I stayed at the base of Kirkwood Mountain. Which was my favourite mountain of the trip. The terrain was great and varied, providing a little bit for everyone. I was there mid week and had the mountain to myself. The staff was super friendly and the little pub had great food, a toasty fireplace and drink specials that couldn’t be beat.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

Kirkwood was the final mountain stop of the trip. After that I was coast bound. Highway 1 was calling my name. I headed for the coast and decided on a stop over in Santa Cruz. I was so happy for the stop over too. The pier was great (and it started a bit of a pier obsession that I now have), the shops and restaurants were quaint and everyone seemed to breathe and love Santa Cruz. I visited the first surfing museum and witnessed some of the best waves to date. It also happened to be the 40th anniversary of Santa Cruz Skateboards, so a stop at their shop was a must.

California Coast: Highway 1

California Coast: Highway 1

California Coast: Highway 1

California Coast: Highway 1

After walking all over Santa Cruz it was time to do the drive. The coastal highway 1 is an absolute must do! The coastal waters were gorgeous. There were also sightings of sea lions, elephant seals and wild Zebras as well! I kept my eye’s peeled for a whale sighting and even stopped for lunches and dinners at restaurants on the coast, but didn’t spot any.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

One of my favourite stops along the coast was Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. The purple sand was so unique and the waters were amazing. It’s a tough spot to find as the turn off isn’t marked. But it’s well worth the time to scope it out.

Santa Monica

Santa Monica

After a big long drive, next stop was Santa Monica. I continued my love affair with piers and headed out there as my first stop. Being in the bustling city was a nice change. The warm weather and night life was exactly what was needed.

Hollywood

Hollywood

The final stop was Hollywood. Any trip to California isn’t complete without a stop in Beverly Hills, Hollywood Boulevard, or the Hollywood Sign. The picturesque view of the Hollywood Sign towering over the city was the perfect ending to the perfect trip of snow and sun.

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