Sprawling between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a year-round travel destination, but it really comes to life in winter. Visiting Lake Tahoe in winter is a pure delight, especially if you are a winter-sports enthusiast like we are. But if skiing or snowboarding are not your thing, there is still plenty of fun things to do in Lake Tahoe in winter.Continue Reading
Most people hiking the trails of San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California know how dry and dusty they can be. The chance of finding springs, or waterfalls is quite remote. So when we heard about a cluster of natural hot springs in an isolated canyon in the high desert, we jumped. Mountain canyons, sand beaches, swimming holes and natural hot springs? What more could we wish for on a hiking trip? That’s how we started our Deep Creek Hot Springs adventure.
Hiking to the Deep Creek Hot Springs
For any outdoor lovers reaching this spot is a great opportunity to get some hiking in along the Pacific Coast Trail which follows the creek for about 16 miles. The hot springs are along the Mojave River (also known as Deep Creek), on public land near Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino National Forest. There are two ways to get there, depending on the direction you are coming from. Continue Reading
San Simeon has gained its reputation for being home to the flamboyant Hearst Castle, but not many people know that its beach is also home to a big elephant seal colony. Until 1990, only under two dozen elephant seals could be seen here, but then something very strange happened. The next spring, over 400 seals showed up on the beach just south of the Piedras Blancas lighthouse. Why did that happen? Nobody knows, but after that the population continued to grow every year.
Today, the rookery at Piedras Blancas has more than 17,000 elephant seals. “These marine mammals spend eight to ten months a year in the open ocean, diving 1,000 to 5,000 feet deep for periods of fifteen minutes to two hours. They migrate thousands of Continue Reading