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SLO: Bishop’s Peak, Petting Zoo, Wine Country

Today is the second post on our 2012 trip to San Luis Obispo / the central coast. This 18-photo album contains our hike up Bishop’s Peak, animals at a petting zoo, and some drive-by photos of wine country. (more…)

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Three Sisters Falls

The hike [see alltrails.com | ihikesandiego.com | yelp.com] to the triple-waterfall known as Three Sisters Falls (near San Diego) isn’t super-long (4 miles round trip), but it is hot and hard! That being said, I think even inexperienced hikers could do it… They just have to bring lots of water, wear proper shoes, and be tough! We were dying going uphill on the way out because we were out of shape, and thanks to the never-ending drought there was not a ton of water flow, but we’re always glad to get some exercise, toughen up, and see new places!

To see 9 more photos of the hike, check out the small album on SmugMug. Photos taken mid-April, 2013.

Murphy’s Ranch: Nazi Compound (Santa Monica) (2012)

IMG_0808fb - CopyOdd but true: There is an abandoned Nazi compound (Murphy’s Ranch) in happy-go-lucky Santa Monica, California, in Rustic Canyon. You can read about it here. The hike is famous for the ruins and the stairs (“secret” staircases in LA are kind of a thing). If you’d like to do this hike, there are plenty of places online that offer explicit directions and tips. Or, just take a “virtual” tour of it by looking at my photos.

Sad update (11/28/14): Like a good portion of the places in California I’ve visited in the past few years, this is being shut down due to poorly-behaved visitors. I hear the buildings are now fenced off (barbed wire) and that police officers are aggressively citing people for trespassing, plus issuing parking tickets (if you park nearer to the stairs). Please, if you hear about and care enough to visit cool places like this, do not vandalize them, leave garbage everywhere, or consume mass amounts of pot and alcohol there. Leave places as clean as–if not cleaner than–you found them. Encourage everyone you know to follow these rules, or places get shut down within months of becoming popular via the internet.