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California is a paradise with a thousand miles of cool, sandy beaches, 500 miles of stunning forests (including the giant redwoods - the biggest trees on Earth,) and Death Valley, where temperatues typically top 120 degrees in the summer months. Be a part of this spectacular journey!


See California Zoo Lights

Fans of zoos have a whole new way of looking at them in December when the majority of California zoos light up the night with amazing, animated animal shapes, illuminated trees, and shimmering waterfalls.  Here's ...

Halloween Train Entertain...

You can't help but feel like a kid when you ride a train -- and that goes double for Halloween. In addition to dozens of kiddie train rides and pumpkin patches at zoos and parks, ...

Piers You Can Drive on in...

There aren't that many public piers in California, and to find those you can drive on, well it's kind of rare. Two of the best known pleasure piers that allow cars and motorized vehicles are ...

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California Cat Shows

Published on: January 23, 2017
There are more cat pets than dogs in the U.S. and if you're lucky enough to be one, your chances of being pampered are pretty high. In fact, of the 86 million cats that have loving homes, only one in six has a weight problem -- a much better record than pet owners. One in three children is ...

Being Lucky–Winning Contests in ...

Published on: January 23, 2017
Author C. MacDonald says, "Long before Lottery Tickets, there were all sorts of contests to win prizes in California." Read more....> However, few contests have been as popular as the lottery. This weekend visitors at Monterey Park Lunar New Year Celebration can spend $20 to spin the wheel for Scratcher prizes at the California Lottery booth. ...

Cement Ship Flips

Published on: January 22, 2017
APTOS, CALIF. -- It's not easy to flip tons of cement -- but that's just what happened on Jan. 21, 2017, when the stern of the S.S. Palo Alto at the end of a fishing pier at Rio del Mar Beach in Aptos took its final bow.  With record-setting waves peaking at 34-feet in the Monterey Bay ...

California Camellia Time!

Published on: January 22, 2017
It's camellia time in California where you'll find festivals, parades and flower shows dedicated to the small trees and shrubs recognized for their beautiful flowers similar in appearance to roses. There are 100-300 species and approx. 3,000 camellia hybrids around the globe, but one special place you may want to see them is Sacramento, known ...

Shoptimism — Purchasing What Yo...

Published on: January 21, 2017
By C. MacDonald It's funny what you remember. I went into a store with no intention of purchasing anything. There were these big, comfortable-looking shoes, which looked like they were off Mickey Mouse at Disneyland. I felt they at least deserved trying on, even though there was no way I was going to buy them. ...

Waiting for Waves at Mavericks

Published on: January 20, 2017
The waves are rolling in this week at Santa Cruz beaches (shown), while 45 miles north in a place known for waves that can peak at 50 feet or higher officials are on alert for the call of the wild at Mavericks. The Titans of Mavericks ( annual surfing event Call Alert is: Potential Swell. If things continue ...



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