Category Archives: All other recreation

The allure of California’s central coast

By Lauren Williams, Staff Writer  Orange County Register November 27, 2016 Pristine coastal expanses and rolling hills characterize the Central Coast, and for me, this stretch of our state epitomizes everything that is wonderful about California living. Upon leaving Southern California, travelers pass through Ventura’s farmlands that butt up against the coast. In Santa Barbara, tall trees shade the 101. Should you continue on, the rolling hills of the Los Padres National Forest give way to more gentle slopes covered in vineyards. My blood pressure drops just thinking of these sights. On a recent weekend, in the dead of Southern California’s toasty Indian summer, my family woke early to make the six-hour journey to the Central Coast and Hearst Castle – dogs and all. We left while the sun was still low in the sky and decided to casually make our way to San Simeon, visiting favorite haunts and stopping for lunch along the way. More...
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Heaven built on sand, Life’s a beach in Southern California

By Irene Seiberling, The Leader-Post October 17, 2014 A trip to Southern California wouldn't be complete without at least one glorious day spent exploring of the fabulous Orange County beaches, situated between Los Angeles and San Diego. Several beaches can be comfortably visited and appreciated in one day, such as Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. Each beach has a character of its own. appealing to both locals and international visitors alike. Pepe Avila, director of tourism development for the Anaheim Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau, offered these one word descriptions: Laguna Beach is "eclectic." Newport Beach is "sophisticated." Huntington Beach is "laid-back." Here's why each of these beaches is worth a visit: Laguna Beach Laguna Beach will particularly appeal to artists, with numerous art galleries and art events to discover and enjoy. Laguna's three summer outdoor art festivals feature over 500 artists and 300 art workshops. The seaside community's trendy shopping areas are sure to delight those looking for unique treasures or...
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Locals break record for relay swim from Catalina to P.V.

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014 1:31 pm | Updated: 1:34 pm, Thu Oct 16, 2014. by Matt Simon The Beach Reporter In complete darkness, a team of six swimmers recently embarked on a 21-mile relay from Catalina Island to Palos Verdes. At 3 a.m., the relay began with the first swimmer diving into pitch-black water with nothing to guide them but the ambient light of glow sticks hanging from a kayak. Keith Dickson of Hermosa Beach and Brent Blackman of Manhattan Beach faced the Sept. 28 ocean conditions with mixed feelings. “My first reaction was ‘OK the water’s smooth, the swells are good, my stroke feels great, but I will never do this again,’” said the 56-year-old Dickson. “That’s the mantra I kept repeating to myself. ‘Everything is great but I am not doing this again.’”   Full Story...
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Travel and Adventure: Charm and adventure abound on Catalina Island

By Doug Hansen Creators Syndicate - Wickedlocal.com This trip to Southern California's Catalina Island doesn't even compare with the last one I did 25 years ago. That time I made the mistake that many do of just walking around Avalon, shopping and eating, spending the night and then leaving. But while Avalon is a delightful place and time spent here is worthwhile, it's not sufficient to fully savor all that Catalina Island offers. Continue Reading...  ...
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Ride 2 Recovery tours Central Coast

lompocrecord.com For Estevan Rojas, a Marine Corps veteran participating this week in the Ride 2 Recovery’s California Challenge, his war wounds didn’t become evident until six years after he returned from Iraq. The Greenfield native was a rifleman in a company that took part in the initial invasion, motoring from Kuwait to Baghdad. Rojas was discharged in 2005 after serving four years and returned to his home town. Continue Reading......
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Aerial Stunts and Land Activities at Catalina Air Show

eCatalina.com - By Jim Watson AVALON, CATALINA ISLAND - From dazzling high-in-the-sky aerobatics to activities in more down-to-earth venues, spectators will be treated to a wide variety of entertainment at the 2nd Annual Scheyden Catalina Air Show Oct. 26 with a static display at Airport-in-the-Sky on Oct 27. Like last year’s show, all aerial stunts and most ground-based entertainment will be available free of charge.  The show will also be simulcast by Catalina radio station KISL 88.7 FM, including the station’s website at www.kislavalon.com. The show’s title sponsor, Scheyden, is a Huntington Beach-based manufacturer of aviator’s eyewear, chronometers and other pilot’s accessories. Streaking, rolling and looping through the heavens will be nearly a dozen aerobatic performers, including an encore appearance by “Super Dave” Mathieson in his Team Scheyden MX2 stunt plane. Continue Reading......
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Water Quality Advisory Issued; Beach Closed Near Tijuana River

By Michelle Mowad - Imperial Beach Patch  The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) issued a General Advisory Thursday for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall. A water contact closure for the ocean shoreline south of Seacoast Drive to the U.S.-Mexico border was also announced Thursday morning due to sewage-contaminated flows from the Tijuana River, according to Kevin Spence with the DEH. Continue Reading... ...
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Dana Point Premiers Film Celebrating California Coastal Act

Posted by Peter Schelden - Dana Point AOL Patch The California Coastal Commission was created through a proposition passed in 1972. Over 40 years later, a new documentary from the Surfrider Foundation celebrating the CCC will premier in Dana Point. On Oct. 15 at 7 p.m., the Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, will screen "Heroes of the Coast." Tickets are $15 and come with dessert. Continue Reading... ...
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Character Assassin, Act Out Mystery Theatre, Long Beach, CA

James Scarborough - Huffington Post

Man of Letters/Minor Critic Don't play with your food. That's what our parents used to say. Perhaps they'd be a little more obliging if they could see Act Out Mystery Theatre's Character Assassin, staged at the Reef Restaurant. Written and directed by Paul Vander Roest, it's not just a play (a good one), or a meal (a good one), it's interactive, it's both, a play and a meal, so you're encouraged to play while you eat. Some of us participate (face it, we're all red herrings, one way or another), we all sleuth, trying to figure out who killed famed mystery writer Dame Hagatha Christie Higgins Hark at a reading of her latest murder mystery. Continue Reading... ...
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Guided wine tours of California’s Central Coast

Virginie Boone, Special to USA TODAY Driving around California's vast Central Coast is a visual treat even if you don't know where you're going, so imagine the breadth and depth you'll cover with a guide to provide the lay of the land, point out highlights, ponder the geographical and cultural history and serve as designated driver. The meat of the region is Monterey County, a relatively cool swath of fertile farmland and coastal beauty in the middle of California, accented by substantial pockets of national forest. Continue Reading... ...
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