California Sports & Outdoors

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California Sports & Outdoors

  • SBC Park / SF Giants

    San Francisco Sports & Outdoors

    Having won the American baseball World Series in 2010 and 2012 the San Francisco Giants baseball team is now arguably the best team in baseball. Sue and I were in San Francisco when the Giants won the World Series back in November, 2010 and headed over to the park on our last full day in town. We didn't see a baseball game since the season was...

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  • Staples Center

    Los Angeles Sports & Outdoors

    Ok, so you want to see a fine basketball arena. Here is one, in fantastic downtown L.A.!! The Staples Center is in the heart of the city. Since its development, the surrounding area of the venue has been revitalizing. The once depressingly ugly streets of Pico and Figueroa are now nicer and promising. Of course, with this urban development comes...

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  • Other Sports

    San Diego Sports & Outdoors

    It took quite a bit of effort on the part of local business people but finally a site in Chula Vista was chosen and given as a gift from the San Diego National Sports Training Foundation, a group of SD business and community leaders, and volunteers who raised the funds to build this Official Olympic Training Center in June of 1995. The facility is...

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  • Anaheim Angels

    Anaheim Sports & Outdoors

    As previously mentioned, my goal in life is to visit all the Major League baseball stadiums. Here is my review of Edison Field. First let me say, I liked the old stadium and as gross as Edison Field is, I'm not sure why they bothered to build a new one. At least they kept the giant A. 1) Arrival & Departure This is excellent. I give it a 5 (on a...

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  • Walking / Hiking

    Death Valley National Park Sports & Outdoors

    This is a wonderful short hike through a grotto to an unexpected waterfall. Bring plenty of water. I've done this hike in the summer. When we started from the car the temperature was 100 degrees! Once in the grotto the temperature dropped to 91. Interesting the sudden change but still hot.

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  • Water Activities

    Santa Monica Sports & Outdoors

    I came across surfinsocal the last time I was in LA. I wish I knew about them before getting there. Not only do they offer one on one lessons, no matter what your experience is, they also offer personalized surf trip planning for free before you get into town. Just tell them what you are looking for and they will hook you up with where to surf,...

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  • Winter Sports

    South Lake Tahoe Sports & Outdoors

    On the south shore, I'd recommend Kirkwood or Sierra for beginners. Heavenly would be for more intermediate skiers. This is based on the amount and ease of access to the green slopes. Heavenly does have some green runs, but they are higher on the mountain and require access via the gondola to get to the mid-mountain. On the north shore, I'd...

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  • Surfing

    Laguna Beach Sports & Outdoors

    You can buy, take lessons, & rent all your surf gear here. Rod Greenup is the helpful & knowledgeable owner / instructor. Laguna Beach is perfect for the beginner / amateur just starting out, as the waves on the southern part of the beach are not huge or dangerous. Check it out here: Costa Azul Surfboard and wetsuit (Get the wetsuit.... the...

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  • Rock Climbing.

    Joshua Tree National Park Sports & Outdoors

    Intersection Rock has three routes, or lines to climb. There are the Left Ski Track with a 5.11a difficulty; the Right Ski Track with a 5.3 difficulty and the North Overhang with a 5.9 difficulty rating.

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  • Biking / Jogging / Skating

    Coronado Sports & Outdoors

    It seems that jogging is very popular among either citizens of Coronado and its visitors. I saw quite many joggers (is it correst word?) along a highway from Imperial Beach to Coronado. From Linda (lmkluque): Jogger is correct, means fast walker. (Not running.) Thank you Linda!

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  • The Coliseum & Sports Arena

    Oakland Sports & Outdoors

    In my quest to visit all the major league baseball stadiums, I arrived at the County Coliseum, or CoCo as it is affectionately known, in Oakland. There are some nasty rumors that the Oakland A's maybe some day be moving across the bay (which would be ridiculous, since the Giants are already there) or somewhere else, like San Jose, so I knew time...

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  • Water Sports

    Oceanside Sports & Outdoors

    Oceanside is a town located right on the Pacific Ocean so there are plenty of water sports offered in this area. They say that surfing is pretty good up this way, but for those who don't surf I'd suggest renting a jet ski and ride the waves with that. It's sort of the motorcycle of boats and can be great fun and thrilling. You should know that...

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  • Winter Sports

    Mammoth Lakes Sports & Outdoors

    Mammoth Mountain is one of the best ski resorts in the country, it has more than 3,500 acres of skiable terrain, serviced by 28 lifts, including 3 gondolas. The area has 3,100 ft of vertical, rising to an elevation of 11,053 ft. There are several terrain parks throughout the mountain, and plenty of challenging chutes and open mogul runs. The resort...

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  • Water Sports

    California Sports & Outdoors

    During the spring Sierra snow melt, the Tuolumne River is as fierce as any California Stream. The huge waves and hydraulics are enough to scare even the most seasoned river rafting guide, but most know that spring on the Tuolumne River is as good as rafting gets. Every year, sometime in June, the natural river flow drops and Holm Powerhouse on...

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  • Candlestick Park / SF 49'ers

    San Francisco Sports & Outdoors

    Originally built for the San Francisco Giants (who moved to Pac Bell or SBC Park) in 2000, Monster Park has been the home of the 49ers since 1971. Although Candlestick Park was built for the Giants, the Beatles played their last concert ever there on August 29, 1966, and the NFL’s 49ers have won so many Super Bowls since they moved there in 1971...

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  • Dodger Stadium

    Los Angeles Sports & Outdoors

    My goal in life is to visit every baseball stadium in the Major Leagues. Dodger Stadium is special because it is my home stadium. I've been there more times than I can count. It's always a pleasant experience. 1) Arrival & Departure I give this a 4 (on a scale of 1-5 where 5 is best). It has improved over the years with the addition of a subway...

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  • Surfing

    San Diego Sports & Outdoors

    Every day of the year, in San Diego, there are suffers riding the waves at the beaches where surfing is allowed. The Pacific Ocean is usually cool but that doesn't stop lovers of this sport. San Diego Coast line has played an important role in surfing history in California. San Onofre, Corona del Mar, Windansea and The Tijuana Sloughs in Imperial...

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  • Desert Views

    Death Valley National Park Sports & Outdoors

    In the foreground is the Furnace Creek Formation. The base of the Furnace creek Formation can be seen in the left side of the photo between the rounded, light-colored playa beds of the Furnace Creek Formation meets the rougher, darker-colored rock in the distance.

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  • Water Activities

    Coronado Sports & Outdoors

    Hitting a small furry ball back and forth over a waist high net causing the opponent to run all over the place trying to catch the ball in the racket and hit the ball back. Update: The tennis courts have given way to a lovely park area with promenade. However, The Hotel Del offers boating, surfing--lessons too--and golf for it's guests. So there...

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  • Professional Sports

    California Sports & Outdoors

    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...

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  • Participation

    San Francisco Sports & Outdoors

    Apparently the idea that you couldn't escape from Alcatraz because you couldn't swim was more fiction than fact since I just saw several hundred people do it in the annual Escape from Alcatraz triathlon and swim, the sharks in the bay are not man eaters, the worst they predicted was a seal might try to nip you. They do hold it in the warmest month...

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  • Hiking

    Los Angeles Sports & Outdoors

    Eaton Canyon falls, is a forty-foot cascade that tumbles into a wide pool. There is plenty of room to sit around the falls or wade in to the waist deep water. The trail to Eaton Canyon Falls can be summed up this way: One mile of wide flat dirt trail that is easy and dull, followed by half a mile of track up a narrow canyon that is adventurous and...

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  • Pro Sports

    San Diego Sports & Outdoors

    Until just recently, Qualcomm Stadium was home to San Diego Chargers, The Padres, San Diego State University Aztecs, and the Holiday Bowl. San Diego's professional Baseball team, The San Diego Padres, no doubt was named after the priests who established the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, no longer play at Qualcomm. As of April 2004 the...

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  • Golfing

    California Sports & Outdoors

    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...

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  • Spectator Sports

    San Francisco Sports & Outdoors

    During summer of 2013, the 34th America's Cup sailboat racing was held just off shore from the Marina Green, Fisherman's Wharf, and several Piers on the northeast shoreline. I bought $75 tickets on-line hoping that despite the high price, we would have the advantage of an unobstructed view. This was for the most part true, as the grandstand seating...

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  • Home Depot Center

    Los Angeles Sports & Outdoors

    Stub Hub Center (formerly the Home Depot Center) This is the premier place to see the L.A. Galaxy and other special soccer games in the U.S. The MLS finals were held here in November '04. Besides sport games, there have been concerts here as well. back when it was the Home Depot Center, The Dave Matthews Band has performed to tens of thousands...

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  • Sailing / Boating

    San Diego Sports & Outdoors

    You have arrived in San Diego for an escape from your daily grind. What better way than to drive over to Mission Bay for a day on the beach and in the water. So much to do in the great outdoors. You can enjoy 27 miles of shoreline at Mission Bay with parks to picnic at with barbeques and fire pits you can use. Many areas to go swimming in calm...

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  • Water Sports

    San Francisco Sports & Outdoors

    When we took a boat tour out toward the Golden Gate Bridge, we noticed tons of guys windsurfing in the area. You can head over to the Presidio area to rent the gear or even do it from the Berkeley Marina.

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  • Beach Bike Path

    Los Angeles Sports & Outdoors

    There is a bicycle path along the beach in L.A. all the way from Santa Monica to Redondo beach. It's one very pleasant way to check out the L.A. beach front and my favorite excursion whenever i'm in town. You can rent bikes easily along the beach if you haven't got your own bike with you and this is really a nice way to see the coastline of LA.

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  • On The Beach

    San Diego Sports & Outdoors

    Sea Kayaking was a lot of fun. I first tried sea kayaking in Thailand and have been hooked ever since. In La Jolla, many outfitters can set you up for a tour through the La Jolla caves that line the coastline of the shore. They are these beautiful caverns where you can see small crabs climb up the walls and they even have a history of being...

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  • Snow Sports

    San Francisco Sports & Outdoors

    Went there on a Monday evening and despite the fact that I am super clumsy on ice, had a lot of fun. :-) Skates were comfortable, rink was spacious, music was good. There were not too many people, although I wish there were less pros on the ice - kinda scary (and intimidating) to skate next to them. HOURS: Usually start at 12pm or 1pm. There is...

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  • USC Football

    Los Angeles Sports & Outdoors

    The USC football game I attended was one of the most contagiously exciting football games I've ever been to. A roaring crowd, spectacular pre-game show, and great football. What more would you expect or want? "We Are SC" "Once a Trojan, Always a Trojan" "Join the Trojan Family" These are slogans that you hear…slogans that you see…slogans that you...

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  • Boating / Sailing

    San Francisco Sports & Outdoors

    Sailing is a huge sport in San Francisco. We have all kinds of races and regattas. It's February now, too early for sailing season, so most of the boats are moored in the marina, awaiting the start of the season.

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  • Catalina Island

    Los Angeles Sports & Outdoors

    Located at Casino POint there is a dive park exclusively for scuba divers. The area is bouyed off and no boats of any kind are allowed including kayaks. You can buy maps of the park or you can just explore on your own. In the park are plaques dedicated to Jacques Cousteau - the founder of modern scuba diving, a couple of sunken piers and some other...

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  • Mt. Baldy

    Los Angeles Sports & Outdoors

    Mt. Baldy is a true secret in Southern California. In fact, I have mixed feelings even mentioning it here; however...here goes: Mt. Baldy(Mt. San Antonio) is the highest mountain in Los Angeles County, at just over 10,000ft. Mt. Baldy Ski Area sits on two slightly lower peaks, facing the LA Basin. The facility is sparse but offers the biggest...

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  • Surfing

    Los Angeles Sports & Outdoors

    Have u ever seen the biggest waves in O.C. ? Make a trip to The Wedge! It's located in Newport Beach If u wanna know hoe to get there os if u wanna know how big the waves get visit www.surfline.com Or just ask surfers in Newport Beach! enjoy it If u do bodyboarding bring your Bodyboard But only if u can handl this kind of waves *g* And don't...

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  • Rose Bowl

    Los Angeles Sports & Outdoors

    The Rose Bowl is home to some of the most famous football (US) games, but none more than the college games played on New year's Day. Following the internationaly famous Tournament of Roses parade (first started in 1890) down Colorado Blvd on New Years Day, in Pasadena, the stadium hosts the "Grandady of the Bowl Games." For watching a game in the...

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  • LA Marathon

    Los Angeles Sports & Outdoors

    The Los Angeles Marathon is run every March through the streets of LA. Runners from all over the globe turn out for the event. Participants are motivated by the spectators lined up all along the 26 mile route cheering them on their way. Parking alone most of the route isn’t as difficult as thought to be, but it is expensive to park near the finish...

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  • PETCO Park

    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...

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  • Qualcomm Stadium

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • Coast bike trip

    Thank you all very much for your helpful advice! I didnt Really expect to much of a response so I was exceptionally pleased to see such good advice. As per said advice, I am pretty much certain that i will stay along the coast the whole way, especially now that i know I need never go through downtown L.A. And the knowledge that I 5 is un-bikable...

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  • 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.

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  • Gem Lakes

    Nowhere else is such alpine and spectacular scenery accessible with so little effort. This hike up the Little Lakes Valley is only 6.6 miles round trip with less than 700 feet of elevation gain, but reaches many lakes nestled under a spectacular setting.From Mosquito Flat, the trail climbs alongside cascading Rock Creek, with lupine and paintbrush...

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  • Thousand Island Lake

    This hike is usually done as an overnight backpack (as recommended by most guidebooks), but due to the brevity of our visit to California, we did it as a day hike. This is by far one of the most beautiful trails in California and the Sierra Nevada, leading deep into the Ansel Adams Wilderness. The trail is a 17-mile loop that gains 1800...

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