Picks and Pans – Morro Bay, CA

PICKS: Sunset at Morro Rock

Morro Rock is all that remains of a once gigantic volcano. It sits on Morro Beach like a lost behemoth, left behind when the rest of its kind vanished. During sunset, the waves crash dramatically against it and create great plumes of spray in the fiery light, reminiscent of the […]

Picks and Pans – From Pinnacles National Monument to Fresno, CA

PICKS: High Peaks and Balconies Cave Loop in Pinnacles National Monument

Pinnacles has been on the road trip itinerary ever since Sean’s mom showed us a picture of Sean, at the ripe old age of 18 months, peering into the mouth of one of the caves in the park. We returned to those caves, and […]

Picks and Pans – Big Sur, CA

PICKS: Big Sur Station

Big Sur Station should be the first stop for anyone heading into Big Sur. The ranger station has information on all the surrounding state parks and the Los Padres National Forest that borders Big Sur. We were lucky enough to stop in when Ranger Bob was manning the desk. A 9 […]

Picks and Pans – Santa Cruz, CA

PICKS: Taqueria La Cabana

In the land of the taqueria, otherwise known as California, it seems a bit remiss to recommend any one over the other because nearly all of them serve up yummilicious grub. I would say that Taqueria La Cabana falls in the acceptable, but not outrageously good part of the yummy […]

Picks and Pans – South Bay


Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University

Just for kicks, Sean and I rode along with our friend Dan to his meeting at Stanford, and while Dan was busy with work, we explored the campus. Along the way, and with a little help from the campus map, we found the Cantor Arts Center. We entered […]