California

The Carrizo Plains Super Bloom

The California wildflower super bloom following the torrential season of La Nina rains. One of the most spectacular California spectacles of the year, possibly the decade. One of those experiences you must experience in all its other-worldly glory, take in the sights and smells at this incredible national landmark, the Carrizo Plains National Monument.

The Carrizo Plains Super Bloom

California's Most Interesting and Accessible Caves

This adventure leads us to explore our favorite California's most interesting caves.  Places you can check out and explore. Experience true absolute darkness and discover fascinating cave dwelling creatures.

California's Most Interesting and Accessible Caves

California Skeletons: Ghost Towns, Modern and Historical

California has, literally hundreds of ghost towns, all found in different places along the spectrum.  Some bear the former self, others a stack of rocks or, perhaps more disenchanting, nothing whatsoever. 

California Skeletons: Ghost Towns, Modern and Historical

Ho for California! Historic Trails

The National Historic Trail system is an enduring legacy chronicling the great American journeys and expiditions.  There are only a handful of National Historic Trails and fewer still in California. Let's take a look at this noble idea and explore the California National Historic Trails. 

Ho for California! Historic Trails

The Petal Season

We are now in that rare gorgeous window where the California hills become iridescent with color. Get ready for a trip to Figueroa Mountain and other favorite locations for viewing California blooms in a colorful resource for fans of the definitive springtime California landscape.

The Petal Season

The Most Interesting Non-Golden Gate California Bridges

We've tracked down and catalogued our favorite California bridges; including suspension, covered, truss and trestle bridges.  Any especially fascinating bridges or stories related to are included in the survey.  

The Most Interesting Non-Golden Gate California Bridges

What's Up With All the California Eucalyptus?

Every Californian knows about the thousands of eucalyptus trees throughout the state (especially Southern regions). Let's discuss the absurd origins and costs associated with introducing a poisoning invasive species into the state ecosystems. Let's talk about bad ideas. 

What's Up With All the California Eucalyptus?

Road Trip: The Grand Californian Tree Tour

In this edition, we tour and discuss The Grand Tree Tour.  Here we'll visit the tallest, the most massive and the oldest trees on earth, all located, of course, in our California backyard. 

Road Trip: The Grand Californian Tree Tour

The Californist Does it on the Beach

The beach lovers piece. The Californist looks at local and favored California beach friendly items for your beach going adventures.  We love these beach bags, boardshorts, sunscreens and beach entertainment designs. 

The Californist Does it on the Beach

Feet in the Sand: Best Places to Camp on California Beaches

So you want to pitch your tent next to the crashing waves.  It's tough to find these days, but the Californist has put together a list of places that will let you pitch a tent next to the beach. 

Locations in the following areas:

Southern California

Central Coast

Northern California 

Feet in the Sand: Best Places to Camp on California Beaches

Our Favorite California Libraries - Cool Places for Great Minds

A Californist list of our favorite public and private libraries.  Libraries from all over the state of California are represented in this list that features unusual aesthetic, historical or architectural beauty. 

Our Favorite California Libraries - Cool Places for Great Minds

California Garden Designer Spotlight - A Profile on Thomas Dolliver Church

You have to admire this intrepid pioneer who helped move forward the fertile bedrock of the modernist California Style. Nationally recognized and lauded for his vision on elegant simplicity, livable gardens and native planting. His gardens were designed within the framework of practicality and aesthetic durability traits that likely exist within your own backyard today

California Garden Designer Spotlight - A Profile on Thomas Dolliver Church

California Neo-noir Films - Movies that Glow

Mostly California movies that wear that California neon-noir film aesthetic like a glorious synthesizer badge of honor.    

California Neo-noir Films - Movies that Glow

California Design. It's cool as hell, and these are the only books you'll need.

If you are one of the lucky individuals who happened to be shopping for mid-century modern furniture in the heyday of California design between the '30s to the mid '60s, you likely have some highly sought after and heirloom quality wares featured in one of the three following California Design books. 

California Design. It's cool as hell, and these are the only books you'll need.

Free Camping in California - The Best Sites Where You Probably Won't Die.

We've done our best to cull out the places that heed the fabled motherly mantra "Well, you get what you pay for." Except for Slab City, but we really shouldn't call that camping anyway.

Free Camping in California - The Best Sites Where You Probably Won't Die.

Fire Lookout Rental Opportunities Available in California

Ever been walking in the forest and come across a fire lookout and start daydreaming about doing one of the coolest jobs ever?

Now you can rent that experience and you don't even have to hassle with all that brush clearing, trail raking and fishing out of plastic bags from pit toilets. Live the dream! 

Fire Lookout Rental Opportunities Available in California

Desk job fitness. 4 tips for staying slim and fit while having a desk job.

Staying fit and slim at the office doesn't have to be depressing soul-sucking abyss that our fathers endured. We have Fitbits on our wrists.  They make us healthy, right? 

Desk job fitness.  4 tips for staying slim and fit while having a desk job.