The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens Displays Sonoran Desert Life

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The Living Desert zoo and gardens in Palm Desert feels like you are in the middle of the Sonoran desert in Arizona when, in fact, you are at the edge of its borders just 2 hours from Orange County. I didn't realize I could visit the Sonoran so close to home!  In researching this post, I discovered that "the U.S. has 4 major desert communities: Great Basin, Mohave, Chihuahuan … [Read more...]

ReefCheck.org Volunteer Divers Monitor Underwater Parks

ReefCheck.org Volunteer Divers

The Resorts at Dana Point are founding partners in the Reef Check Foundation's Adopt-a-Reef program. Reef Check trains and supports a network of volunteer divers to monitor over 100 protected underwater parks in California - and many more internationally. (It's a lot more complicated than that with different protection designations for different areas, but we'll call them … [Read more...]

Welcome to My New Collaboration

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See these two regular, everyday moms? That’s Debi from GoExploreNature.com and me. We’ve been working on something special for you since June. Today, after hundreds of hours of preparation and months of secret excitement, we’re ready to share. Watch the video!   This new collaborative effort – “Nature. Play. Trips.” – is a team blog project between … [Read more...]

9 Things to Do When It’s Too Hot in OC

Things to Do When It's Too Hot in OC

The big headline is the HEAT. I've lived in the hot, humid, and buggy South before. And I have also lived right near Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita where the high desert sure feels like the high desert. September and October are ALWAYS the hottest months in Southern California, but I ALWAYS feel the need to get cranky and complain anyways. Things to Do When It's Too Hot in … [Read more...]

Summer of the Humpback on California’s Central Coast

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This was the Summer of the Humpback on California's Central Coast for me. I started the summer at the Family Nature Summit staying at the Asilomar in Pacific Grove. I paid a bit extra to go out whale watching on Sanctuary Cruises through the Summit.  Upon exiting Moss Landing and heading into Monterey Bay, we saw one Humpback after another!  5 hours straight of close … [Read more...]