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Pismo Beach Dune Buggy Experience
"Rent your dune buggy in Oceano just 5 minutes down the road from Pismo Beach at your selected time. Get fitted with your gear and receive a safety orientation. You will then hop on an open-air tram which will drive you a mile down the beach to the staging area. Hop in the driver's seat or passenger's seat of your fully automatic 4-wheeler dune buggy and zoom off through the Oceano Dunes.The Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area is among the most unique California State Parks as the only place where you can drive your own vehicle on a public beach. Spend two hours exploring first approximately 2 miles (3 km) of scenic beachfront before zipping and zooming through 1500 acres (607 hectares) or rolling sand dunes in your dune buggy — a fun exciting way to spend a day along the beautiful California coast!Upon completion of your dune buggy adventure
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Wine Country Biking Tour in Santa Barbara
"Your group will be picked up by air-conditioned vans at a prearranged meeting spot at 10:00 AM. We will then shuttle by van to the Santa Ynez Valley. After getting riders fitted we ride along the scenic back-roads to our first winery. Once there the winery staff takes us for a tasting and your guide will prepare an enjoyable “deli spread” picnic lunch with lots of options. Cold beverages and water will be provided throughout the tour. Then we pedal on to the second winery. Your guides wil and several wineries extend discounts on wine purchases to our guests. This trip receives rave reviews from guests. We have done similar tours for wine and travel writers corporate groups bachelorette and birthday parties as well as families and tourists. This is the wine tour that was featured on the television show Giuliana and Bill."
From $159.00
Paso Robles Wine Adventure
"You can expect to meet other wine enthusiasts and get to know them over the course of the day. You'll spend the day with a small group and visit between 4-6 wineries. Your group will discuss various options with your guide and craft an itinerary of winer those that are family-owned historic and off-the-beaten path but there are no strict rules. Your guides try to avoid taking you to places you have already visited (unless you want to go back!). They will point out landmarks and wineries along the way tell stories and talk about the local history and of course wine making
From $69.00

Other Mountains / Lakes Tips (9)

Lake Isabella, I think

Favorite thing After Sierra Nevada, we got to a place in Sequoia National Forest which I think was called Lake Isabella. If I ever get up from this chair, I'll check that out.

It was a bit like landing on the moon, but we had to throw our tent and get organised. I forgot the details but I remember that we thought the caretaker was very nonchalant about his job. All the camping spots were marked as "reserved" but when we asked him about it, he'd say "pitch tent wherever you want, there'll always be a spot for latecomers!"

Our teens begged us for the car and promised they'd make dinner if we gave them the keys. So we did and we sat under a sequoia to read, peacefully. They brought back some wieners, they'd decided to go all out and treat us to hot-dogs!
but they hadn't found any hot-dog rolls so we made do with our crackers... crispy, salty dogs!

The sunset here was marvelous. The mosquitoes found their way into our tents while we took pictures, and kept us company until the next morning. By now, I'm getting anxious to reach Santa Monica...

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Oct 01, 2003

Swim (or rather float) in Mono...

Favorite thing Swim (or rather float) in Mono Lake. What a bizarre and beautiful place.

Fondest memory Camping in Trumbell Lake campground in the Sierra Nevadas- cooking fresh trout on the fire with a view of the snow covered mountains through the trees behind our campsite.

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Aug 24, 2002

Mammoth Lakes

Favorite thing After Mount Whitney, this name seemed a bit of a misnomer. But this charming ski town was a great place to rejuvenate in the summer. Mammoth Lakes is a bit like Vail on a smaller scale. Mammoth Mountain is a popular ski destination in the winter, the less crowded summertime offers lots of opportunities to hike, bike and explore. You can also take a gondola ride up the mountain or just browse the shops in town. The higher elevation means cooler temperatures as well.

Less than an hour from Mammoth Lakes, you'll find some of the most beautiful scenery of the Sierras. Areas such as Rock Creek and Mosquito Flats are hardly appealing sounding names. But they contain a lifetime's worth of hiking opportunities. For more information, feel free to browse my Mammoth Lakes page.

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Apr 16, 2007

Day 14: Death Valley & Drive to Mammouth & Mono lk

Favorite thing We left hotel and headed to Mamouth lake where we had the hotel, we knew it was a nice scenery but we did not expected it to be so beautiful. Also we were very pleased with the hotel.

Once settled in the hotel we drove for the loop of the lakes and went for the sunset to Mono lake, one of the highlights of the trip, especially as it was not planned and we did not know much about this place.

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Aug 05, 2005
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Incredible Snowfall

Favorite thing The high sierra near Donner Summit is just incredible. California is definitely a winter wonderland.

This picture was taken in a tiny town called Big Bend off I-80 in late February 2004 the day after snowfall, so everything was still pristine white.

Fondest memory Some of those mounds of snow are covering buildings, can't even tell which mounds of snow because there is so much of it!

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Feb 28, 2004

Mount Shasta

Favorite thing Mount Shasta is located in the northermost part of California off I-5. It is often by-passed because most people choose to go along the coast. It stands at 14,162 ft and can be seen from over 100 miles. A great sight!!! For more information on the area, please refer to my Mount Shasta page.

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Jun 29, 2003

Monolake is located east of...

Favorite thing Monolake is located east of Yosemite. The waters that fed it were diverted to LA. These tufa towers are not as high now, since rivers are flowing back into it.

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Aug 25, 2002

Clearlake is the largest lake...

Favorite thing Clearlake is the largest lake in california and is about 3 hours from San Francisco. My parents had a cabin up there for many years.

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Aug 25, 2002

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Incredible Snow Melt

Favorite thing A few weeks later, same bridge, Big Bend California... all that snow melted from late February's dumping and the river is swollen.

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Mar 17, 2004

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Glacier Point

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17 Mile Drive

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