Posts in California
What To Wear To Death Valley National Park

Are you heading to Death Valley National Park and not sure what to wear? Don’t worry, in this post I’ll cover the basics of what you’ll need to pack for a comfortable experience. Death Valley can get as high as 116 degrees in the summer and as low as 39 degrees in the winter. The weather can shift drastically from day to night at all times of the year, so be prepared!

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Visit the Western Pacific Railroad Museum

The Western Pacific Railroad Museum preserves the history of the Western Pacific Railroad by collecting trains, railcars, documents, photos and information. As you walk the industrial lot you’ll feel the nostalgia of the locomotive era with its vintage steel train cars in an array of colors and condition. Whether freshly painted, rusted, or fading, these relics of the past are beautiful time stamps to the Industrial Revolution of steam engines and iron production.

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Visit the Wine & Rock Shop

The Wine & Rock shop in Yucca Valley is a quirky little shop with a great assortment of organic wine and craft beer. They have a super cute curation of beverages that have artistic labels and feel desert inspired. They also sell candles, backpacks, coffee table books and you guessed it, rocks! Stop in here to grab some bottles for your weekend getaway in Joshua Tree National Park, or to snag a souvenir. It’s adorable!

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Hike to Wall Street Mine in Joshua Tree National Park

The hike to Wall Street Mill in Joshua Tree National Park is a flat sandy trail to a 1930’s gold ore crushing mill. The mill was built by Bill Keys and is on National Register of Historic Places. It’s the best preserved gold mill in the park. In this blog post, I’ll give you a little history and the info you’ll need to hike this trail.

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Explore the quirky art installations at The Glass Outhouse

Off the beaten path of Joshua Tree National Park is the outdoor weird and wonderful quirky art installations of the Glass Outhouse Gallery. If you like strange recycled desert art as much as I do, stop in to walk the path lined with empty glass bottles to find an array of interesting objects to ponder and photograph.

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Grab Pizza & Watch Live Music at Giant Rock Meeting Room

Giant Rock Meeting Room is a casual pizza joint in north Yucca Valley near Joshua Tree National Park. This is a locals place with a rustic desert vibe, where residents flock for live music and good food. This is a great place to grab a bite if you’re staying in Landers or Yucca Valley.

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Try Some Of San Francisco’s Delicious Sourdough at Boudin Bakery

Boudin Bakery is a classic San Francisco staple for tourists with freshly baked sourdough bread served everyday. First opened in 1849, it’s the oldest continually operating business in San Francisco. The bread here is made with flour, water, salt, and “mother dough.” This special mother dough is a secret recipe created by Boudin with local ingredients and thrives from the very specific fog-cooled climate in San Francisco. You can visit here for lunch or even take a tour of the factory.

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Grab A Delicious Breakfast Burrito at Kono's Surf Club Cafe

Kono’s Coffee is a classic beachside, casual surf vibes restaurant with a great outdoor patio to soak in those Southern California rays of sunshine. This is a great spot for coffee and breakfast, the delicious breakfast burritos are the best! There’s limited patio space, but since this sits beachside you can grab takeout and picnic on the beach.

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Discover the Lively Mexican Culture of Olvera Street in Downtown L.A.

Olvera Street is in oldest part of downtown Los Angeles, where a vibrant Mexican American culture thrives. Colorful folk art and handicrafts line the streets, while outdoor vendors peddle huaraches, handbags and maracas. The smell of fresh tortillas fills the air, while sipping sweet aqua frescas as the Southern California sun beats down on your shoulders. Historical Buildings tell the story of a prominent city being born, and just beyond, shiny new skyscrapers are the wet ink of new chapters.

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View the Iconic Palm Springs Windmills

When you head from Los Angeles to Palm Springs the first things you see as you get close to Palm Springs are the iconic hundreds of massive white windmills spinning all over the hills with a beautiful landscape of sand and mountain ranges. In this post I’ll point you in the direction of where to stop for photos, and a little background about why these turbines are here.

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