Beach Biking California

DSC06738FA regular visit to California would not be complete without enjoying this beautiful bike ride along the beaches of Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Dockweller, El Porto, Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo and Torrance…

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Psychological Unloading

DSC01233FThe benefits of travelling are immense. Aside from the obvious pleasures of enjoying food, drink, entertainment and another culture. Taking a break from work and your daily routine offers a psychological unloading that leaves you refreshed and will boost your health and well being. Make sure you take the time to reap the benefits of this simple tool of relaxing through travelling near or far…

Crescent City CA

dsc03956f2Crescent City, CA is where we are ending our drive on Day two as we are about to enter the Redwood Forest and we want to enjoy driving it through the day. We have driven over 600 miles so far, this magnificient little coastal town is a gorgeous place to wake up as it sits on the ocean and the edge of the Redwood Forest. This location has been the backdrop for many great movies, most notable were; ET, Jurrasic Park and one of the Star Wars films, just to name a few. I snapped this photo, first thing in the morning as the fog and sun were breaking through the trees…

Cannon Beach OR

dsc03749fContinuing our drive down the coast we stopped at Cannon beach to cool off. It is amazing how close we are to this gorgeous sandy beach. Haystack rock somehow makes it even more relaxing here. Cannon Beach is the perfect location for a weekend getaway with an abundance of activities and a large number of bed and breakfast locations right along the beach. Definitely worth coming back for.  Pressing on, we are planning to go as far as Crescent City, CA today as we want to go through the Redwood Forest during the daylight…

Cultus Lake BC

DSC07693FThis beautiful fresh water lake which boasts a lot of great amenities is the perfect place for a day visit or a week of camping.  Summer is a bustling time on the lake with many people enjoying the beaches and a wide variety of water sports including jet-skiing and canoeing with a few rental outlets as well…

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Redondo Beach CA


Redondo Beach offers a large pier perfect for a stroll any time of the day especially, around sunset.  While you soak up a beautiful sunset you can enjoy some great seafood from a wide variety of restaurants.  If you need to take a time out from the sun, you might want to stop by the Fun Factory which is an arcade and small amusement park, kids will have a blast here…

Catalina Island CA


It’s the F***ING Catalina Wine Mixer, well not really, but it makes for a hilarious souvenir t-shirt or baseball cap.  Catalina Island is a wonderful place to visit for a day trip with some great restaurants, a lot of fun activities and some rich history. It’s worth a tour of the Casino to find out what secrets the island holds.  Most notably, Marilyn Monroe and Natalie Wood…

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Long Beach CA


Long Beach boasts a busy cruise ship port, with a wide variety of shopping and restaurants close by. Make sure you visit The RMS Queen Mary where it is moored as a fully functional Hotel. It’s a fun place to stay or just to go take a tour. If you visit around Halloween you can also go Ghost hunting. The Pacific Aquarium is another noteworthy place to visit, go see Sharks, Penguins and other sea creatures, check out the Jellyfish exhibit and then go eat a cooked one at the cafe. Use the Aqualink where they will shuttle you around the shoreline. Catch the Catalina Express for a great Day trip to Catalina Island.

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Santa Monica Beach CA


A great California beach is just 45 minutes from the LAX airport.  Enjoy miles of beautiful, clean sandy beaches.  The Santa Monica Pier offers an amusement park right on the Pier with a great Roller Coaster and Ferris Wheel as well as a few other fun rides.  Although the rides are no match to a large theme park, the uniqueness of the pier make it worth a visit. You will find a few great dining selections right on the Pier. The most notable being the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.  The Third Street Promenade is just a few blocks up from the Pier with a lot of great shopping and all of the usual comforts.

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San Francisco CA


If you are going to San Francisco… You will enjoy a beautiful city with so many wonderful things to see and do. And eat of course, with no shortage of great restaurants to enjoy and the fresh sourdough bread available everywhere is amazing.  Enjoy an easy train ride from the Airport on the BART system, just 20 minutes and you are right downtown San Francisco.  Enjoy the ease of getting around by Trolley or public transportation.  Or for a little fun, rent a GoCar these little 3 wheel motorcycles are a blast to drive while visiting some of these great sights:  The Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Lombard Street, Fisherman’s wharf and Alcatraz just to name a few. Make sure you listen for the fog horn and watch the Golden Gate bridge disappear as the fog rolls in. After a single visit you will want to go back again and again. Here is a short list of a few things you might want to fit in while you are there.

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Boulevard Park Bellingham WA


Bellingham offers a splendid bike trail, which runs along the ocean from Bellingham to Fairhaven. Boulevard Park is a great place to stop along the way where you will find a beach and playground. Stop and enjoy a coffee and a hot fresh cinnamon bun from Woods Coffee located in the park right on the waters edge. And believe me, the cinnamon bun is worth the stop.