Desert Communities are a Golfer's Paradise
One of the reasons we went to Palm Springs for three months is the great golf. And, golf we did.
Here are a few of the courses that we played:
Tahquitz Creek has two championship courses in one location with beautiful mountain backdrops.
We played the newly renovated Legend Course. It is an Arnold Palmer Managed Facility.
1885 Golf Club Drive
Palm Springs, CA
Canyon South Golf Course has some of the best maintained greens in this area. It is surrounded by majestic mountains and has over 1000 large trees. Since it is in the southern portion of Palm Springs, it is wind sheltered.
1097 Murray Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Palm Desert Country Club is an affordable country club golf. The facilities are super and much improved under new ownership. It was built in 1961 and strategically placed bunkers and water hazards. It is a 9-hole course, and you can walk.
77-200 California Drive
(West of Washington/No. of Fred Waring)
Indian Palms Country Club has 27 championship holes. We were told that it is a favorite of locals because it is affordable. It has mature shade trees and elevated greens.
(A bit of History: President Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote his memoirs here!)
48-630 Monroe St.
Indio, CA 92201
Palm Springs Country Club was built in 1968 and is one of the least expensive of the courses we played. You cannot walk; you have to have a cart.
2500 Whitewater Club Drive
Heritage Palms Golf Club is a new course built in 1996 and extremely challenging. It requires precise drives.
80-0555 Fred Waring Drive
There were many more, but too many to mention.
Equipment: You can pay much less if you do NEXT DAY GOLF to get discount tee-times. You have to call between 5-10p.m. for golf the next day. Individuals and groups can book on the best courses by:
We tried it, and it was great.
We brought our golf bag, golf clubs, balls, glove, and golf shoes. If you need to, you are able to RENT at the golf courses.Related to:
California is a hiking paradise
California has one of the most extensive trail networks in the world. The famed John Muir Trail is one of the oldest. The Pacific Crest Trail runs down the spine of the Sierra Nevada Mountains from the top of the state to Mexico. The Pacific Coast Trail does the same along the ocean. No matter your skill level, you will find a suitable trail in this great state. The trails vary not only by their difficulty but by the many terrains the state has. Hike along coastal bluffs, hike in dense lush forest, hike on stony alpine peaks, and hike in the desert. California pretty much has it all so if you are an avid hiker, bring your gear. If you've only just been thinking about it, by all means, make your visit to the Golden State the one where you finally did it.
Equipment: Good hiking boots and quality socks are a must. Carry warm quick drying clothes when hiking in the mountains and for extended walks along the coat. Weather changes quickly and there's nothing worse than being wet and cold. Rain gear is essential for mountain travel and again, good to carry if doing a long walk on the coast.Related to:
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
Ride the Dunes
The part of the Imperial Sand Dunes National Recreation Area south of State Highway 78 is a fine place for riding dune buggies, motorcycles or other off-road vehicles. The price is $25 per week or $90 for a season pass. Do not try and use the facilities without a pass, the rules are strictly enforced.Related to:
- National/State Park
- Adventure Travel
Golfing in California
I am not an addict. I do not sleep, drink or live for golf. I go out a couple times of year, with friends and attempt to make a couple nice shots in between temptations of throwing my golf clubs in the water. Actually that is an exaggeration, I am a much worse golfer and a lot more evenly tempered.
With places like Pebble Beach / Spyglass or Palm Springs, there is no limit on how much one can spend on a round. But do not fear, if you do not have as much clout as Michael Jordan, you can still find a myriad of places within your location or price range all throughout the state.
The picture is of us at Pacific Grove Golf Course. One of the best municipal courses in Northern California. For less than $40, you'll get your fix of a fresh ocean breezes and breathtaking views. (831-648-3177)
Equipment: a set of clubs, that you can usually rent, and a pair of pants that makes your arse look fat.Related to:
Home of the National Football League's San Diego Chargers, Qualcomm Stadium opened in 1967 as San Diego Stadium. At that time, it had a seating capacity of 53,000. The stadium was expanded to 61,000 seats (and its name changed to Jack Murphy Stadium) in 1984, and then to its current seating capacity of 71,500 seats in 1997. Also in 1997, the stadium was renamed Qualcomm Stadium when Qualcomm, a San Diego telecommunications company, bought the naming rights.
In addition to providing a home field for the San Diego Chargers, the stadium is also used for rock concerts and other large civic events. And in 1998, it hosted Super Bowl XXXII.
Home of Major League Baseball's San Diego Padres, the 42,445-seat PETCO Park opened in 2004 to provide the Padres with a home of their own. Prior to construction of the ballpark, the team shared Qualcomm Stadium with the National Football League's San Diego Chargers.
The new ballpark was designed to combine the look and feel of the traditional old-time ballparks with state-of-the-art facilities and amenities. The historic Western Metal Supply Company Building was renovated and incorporated into the ballpark. It houses the Padres Team Store where fans can buy team souvenirs and memorabilia. And while watching a game, fans have a great view of downtown San Diego's skyline.
Read my "off the beaten path" section
But why are there not pictures of me you ask skydiving? Well, I will tell you why, because I am not tiny person, and there are these laws called physics. My “instructor” and I were both larger people… so when we jumped, we fell like a bat out of hell. Basically, the photographer could not catch us. Apparently the photographer I had was a “slow” diver. After talking to the youngest & fastest, (and smallest I might add), instructor… he said that he should have done it. I asked him what made him the fastest… he smiled and said, “balls”
My slow a$$ mofo photo guy was wearing “wings” the other guy… spandex…
White Water Rafting - at any skill level.
Over the past decade or so, I have rafted many of the California Rivers. It is a great weekend out with the friends or a great change of pace for things such as bachelor parties, and somehow we usually talk about these times more than the nights throwing dollar bills. There is a river that will meet your expectations. A lot will depend on the time of year you go and the snow pack from the winter before. (best time is early to mid Spring) Most class III I find to be mostly lazy rivers that will give you plenty of time to jump and swim as you meander your way down the river. The class IV’s and V can test your nerves and swimming ability. Cherry Creek is the only, and last step in skill level that I haven’t tried yet. I heard that they do swimming test before they allow you on the river. Sorry I don’t have any great pics, but it is a little hard when you on a raft rowing to save your butt.
For those of you that are visiting the state, it is usually a good little history lesson of the California Gold Rush of 1848/49. These were the rivers where it all began. You can look down in the water and see the gold flakes and even see some "miners" still sifting through the gravel, trying to strike it rich. Last time on the Tuolumne, we actually stopped and a miner passed around his find for the day (or year), I would guess it to be a 2 oz natural nugget of gold. I thought that was cool.
The natural scenery is awesome, but don’t let it distract you. Remember, if you fall out, keep your feet pointed down stream!
Equipment: They will supply everything you need, including lunch. Don't wear cotton shorts or cotton socks – you will be cold and miserable. They usually require you to wear closed toe shoes as well; otherwise you'll get nasty blisters.
I have used some different outfitters (ie rafting companies) but i have always had a good time and enjoyed A.O. (the site I have listed below) They can also direct you to different camp sites around the area that you are supposed to meet the outfitters.
Fly - Fishing California
California can offer an incredible fly-fishing experience from the southern Sierras Mountains all the way up to the Oregon border ? and beyond. Whether you are looking for the secluded high sierra stream hooking into native brook or golden trout or if you prefer the steelhead runs, you can find it here ? sometimes with a hefty price tag or just time spent out exploring and getting skunked (ie ? not catching a damn thing). Most of my trips have been around Yosemite and areas Northeast of Redding / Red Bluff (follow hwy 5 North from Sacramento). Although not designed for the budget in mind, I would HIGHLY recommend hiring a guide if you are visiting the state. Many of the California Rivers can be tricky and without the know-how, you can just be getting wet. The etymology (read: bug?s life) of a river can be vastly different from another one?s a mile away. Tactics can be various as well, some rivers you have to fish upstream, others downstream and some waters are on private land, so without a guide, you can?t even get on. Between the snow pack runoff, hatches, heat, and ?open season,? the time of year is important to consider as well.
There are quite a few Fly-Fishing shops around the sierras ? Mammoth Lakes, Sacramento, Merced?etc? so if you are going around these areas, I would do some research, check in with the local shops for either the tips of the local waters or point you in the direction of a guide. (common etiquette is if you are asking where to go and what to use, then patronize that shop)
Equipment: If you trip takes you to Northern California, then I would highly recommend The Fly Shop, in Redding California. They are a top notch store with up to date info on the big waters and provide guide services for all the surrounding waters. I have never used their guides, but have met them on the streams at times, and always are friendly and offered good advice. They also have guided trip to Alaska, British Columbia, Chile, Argentina, Bahamas, Tahiti, Mexican Tucatan and Belize.
I will provide their info below.
I will be posting up pics on the t?logues.
The Oakland Raiders are one of 32 National (American) Football League teams. They are in the American League West together with the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers. The Raiders finished the 2002 regular season with the best (win-loss) record in their division, thus automatically qualifying them for the postseason.
San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are a National Football League team. They are in the National League West together with the St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks. Because the 49ers finished atop their division at the end of the 2002 regular season, they earned the right to play in the postseason.
San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers are an National Football League team in the American Conference West together with the Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. Overall, the Chargers are an average team. Either they have a really good season like 1994-95 (when they won the American Conference Championship and played in the 1995 Super Bowl) or they have a really lousy year.
Coast bike trip
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bicycling down the coast
day 1: land in SFO, check into 4seasons, san francisco. ship bike box down to pasadena via UPS ground(around 60$). keep bicycle in the room.
day2: travel from san francisco to palo alto on "el camino real". check into stanford park inn. keep bicycle in the room. no in house spa.
day3: from palo alto to monterey. from the skyline boulevard, it's a straight down hill to santa cruz. from santa cruz to monterey, need a detailed map to avoid riding on freeway(available from 'bicycle trip' - bicycle store in santa cruz) checkin to monterey plaza hotel and spa
day4: from monterey to big sur. have a burrito at the first general store that appears on coast highway1 in big sur. check in to "post ranch inn". get an in-room massage.
day5: from big sur to San Luis Obispo. 110mi. check into "apple farm inn". get a massage
day6: amtrack from S.L.O. to Santa Barbara. check into "simpson house inn"
day7: amtrack from S.B. to LA. rent an SUV from union station, put bicycle in, check into the Ritz in pasadena. keep bicycle in room.
Equipment: 1. camera + extra battery
2. epson p-2000 + recharger to download your pictures
3. bicycle tires reinforced with cavilar(available from bicycle stores). i pump up to 100psi in san francisco, never had a problem; didn't need to use airpump until LA.
4. suntan lotion(got a nasty burnon my wrist after 1 day - it's beginning to look better)
5. i used 3 maps. first large scale(from Borders books, the whole california atlas. i cut and pasted pages along the coast and tossed the rest); small scale from santa cruz to monterey(from local bike store), and another small scale map from SLO to SB(again obtained from a local SLO bike store, which i ended up not using)Related to:
- Spa and Resort
- Road Trip
This trail is doable for just about anyone. It's fairly simple, elevation gain isn't major, and the trail is clearly marked.
Little Baldy, an 8044-foot high granite dome in Sequoia National Park, is an easy hike ending with outstanding views. The trail is 3.5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 700 feet. We did not meet any other hikers on the entire trail (100% solitude). From the trailhead, the trail switchbacks through forest, gaining most of the elevation in the first 1.25 miles. The trail then levels out at the top of a ridgeline (still in the forest) and by 1.5 miles, the views begin. The trail ends at the summit of the dome (very windy) where you'll have a 360-degree view of the Sierra foothills, the Great Western Divide, the Mt. Siliman, Tokopah Valley, and Mineral King to the south. This view easily ranks as one of the best views we saw in Sequoia National Park and in the state of California.
Equipment: Hiking boots; camera.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
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