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About Rick is my labor of love that started off as a “travel blog,” but has grown into a trusted “resource” for California travel, destinations and history. I’ve spent most of my life in California and have been up and down this state more times than I can remember. Over the years, I’ve really fallen in love with this state. The things I took for granted as a kid, I now cherish like: many school field trips to Sutter’s Fort, family trips to Lake Tahoe, rafting down the American River, going to football games in San Francisco, trips to Disneyland, searching for shells on the Northern Coast and more. I have two amazing kids and I’ve had to learn the patience, preparation and planning that goes into traveling with kids. But, I’ve also had the blessings of seeing my kids experience some of the beautiful locations of California like when they first saw Burney Falls.

For more on me, check out my About page.

Why California?

I truly believe California can stand up to any other place in the world. And, I am here to prove it. There is so much beauty, mystery, history and culture in this great state. The diversity of people and landscapes, makes this state one of a kind. Show me a beautiful beach in South America, and I can show you two in California. Show me an impressive waterfall in another state, and I can show you one in California. Bottom line, I love this state and I hope to inspire you to get out there and explore California.


With this site, there are a few options for you to enjoy the content:

Recent Articles: This section is like your typical blog format. It lists all of the recent articles that I have published. Some people find this to be the easiest way to follow a blog.

Adventures: This section has content that’s more in-depth. Typically, they’re articles that summarize an entire trip with links to singular posts.

Landmarks: This section is about specific landmarks like: bridges, churches, lighthouses and more. It’s for those of us who want to skip the rest of the blog and go straight to the specific types of destinations.

Photo Essays: Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. And, sometimes words can’t accurately describe what you see. For those visual visitors out there, check out some of my photo essays.

News: Stay informed on the latest California travel and tourism news. I might not be able to cover every story, but, hopefully some of these news articles inform you about our great state.


If you have questions, comments or concerns then I would love to hear from you. You can reach me through the contact page or my various social media accounts.



I really hope you enjoy your time checking out my blog. More importantly, I hope that you see the beauty of California and become inspired to get out there and explore.

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