Caruthers Canyon in Mojave National Preserve



Caruthers Canyon in the Mojave National Preserve was the perfect spot to pitch my “swag” for the night while traversing the Mojave Road.  The swag is extremely popular in Australia and has many devotees now in the U.S. as well.

Links:  Hiking in Mojave Preserve

Lava Tubes in Mojave National Preserve


The lava tubes off Aiken Mine Road in the Mojave National Preserve are a great place to explore and are only a short hike from the parking area.  Three separate beams of light were shining through from above ground on the day I visited.

Links:  Lava tubes

Queen Anne Cottage


The Queen Anne Cottage is located within the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia and was the setting for much of the TV series “Fantasy Island”.  Each episode, Tattoo (Herve Villechaize) would ring the bell in the bell tower while shouting “The plane, the plane!” as the seaplane prepared to land with that week’s clients.

Links:  Queen Anne Cottage

Tiki Hut on San Onofre State Beach


I found this cute makeshift tiki hut while hiking down to the beach from the Bluffs Campground at San Onofre State Beach.  Looks like a great place to while away a few hours!


San Onofre State Beach


San Onofre State Beach below the Bluffs Campground at low tide.

Links:   SOSB

Idyllwild Historical Society Museum


While in Idyllwild this past weekend I visited the Idyllwild Historical Society Museum and enjoyed their climbing display shown here.  It lists every climbing route developed for Tahquitz Rock since 1936.  The 5.8 route from 1937 was the most difficult in the U.S. at that time.

Links:  Museum website


Mission San Juan Capistrano


Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded on October 30, 1775 by Father Lausen, becoming the seventh of twenty-one missions in Alta California.  This pic shows its beautiful fountain along with Father Serra’s/Native American boy’s statues in front of the Great Stone Church.

links:   Mission San Juan Capistrano

Exploring the Desert


This pic is from a few weeks ago when we were out looking for wildflowers in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area.  We had just turned off of the 78 onto Buttes Pass Road that goes to The Slot and Hawk Canyon.

Links:   The Slot    Hawk Canyon    Desert Lily

Beavertail Cactus Flower


This pic shows a closeup of a beavertail cactus flower from Desert Garden in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (on the way to Coyote Canyon).  Photo credit goes to Jack Springer who was with me on this outing.

Links:  previous related post

What do you see?


While hiking Torrey Pines State Beach at low tide we found this interestingly shaped rock in the tide pools.  You can imagine two eyes and nostrils.  We thought it looked a bit like the head of a porpoise, or maybe of an alligator.  What do you see?