Category Archives: Day Trips

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano, with its delightful gardens, well-preserved buildings, and ruins of the Great Stone Church, certainly lives up to its nickname as the “jewel” of California’s 21 Spanish missions. Several things struck me as I entered the grounds of the mission. First, the size of the compound was much larger than I expected; second, the buildings were not

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Portillo’s

Portillo’s brings a a taste of Chicago to Southern California with its Italian beef and sausage; burgers; hot dogs; and salads. Portillo’s has been a staple around Chicago since 1963.  I know. I grew up there, and every time I return to see family, I do my best to squeeze in a visit to Portillo’s for one of their Italian

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Algodones Dunes

I was looking for something to do on the first day of my four day holiday weekend, and I was reminded of the large sand dunes east of Brawley while checking out Google Maps. I had seen the southern end of the dunes near Yuma on my way into California on I-8, but had never seen this part of them. One

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Exploring Idyllwild

So what do the following represent: 68 to 97? 0 to 6,500? 70 to 19? Answer: The great diversity of southern California! In one seven hour trip, I went from sea level to 6,500 feet elevation; 68° F to 97° F; and 70% relative humidity to 19% relative humidity.  If you don’t like the way things are where you’re at

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Salton Sea

I was getting antsy for a little road trip, so the other day I hopped in my truck and headed out to the Salton Sea for a day trip. Years ago, when I used to play in the Anza-Borrego Desert, I’d get close to the Salton Sea, but never really took the time to stop and actually walk right up

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Galleta Meadows Sculpture Garden

If you’re into quirky outdoor art installations, Galleta Meadows in Borrego Springs may be just for you. Even if you’re not, the kids may enjoy seeing larger-than-life pre-historic and imaginary creatures—like an undulating sea serpent—fabricated from scrap metal. The artist, Ricardo Breceda, wasn’t a sculptor by trade or even hobby, but a request from his daughter in 2001 turned him

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