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The following posts have been tagged with "California". Browse through these California articles to gain insight into what you may or may not want to do on your trip if it includes California.

Travel Hotspots That Will Nurture Your Inner Nerd

Thursday, June 14, 2012
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The Yoda Fountain
The Yoda Fountain of Lucasfilm’s Headquarters near San Francisco (source: dougSawyer

Didn't "geek" used to be derogatory? When once to be called a "geek" was enough to cause one to have a lifelong inferiority complex, it now is considered a badge of honor. Consider Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg--both self-described lifelong geeks. Who's laughing now?

Awesome Yosemite Timelapse Video

Sunday, February 5, 2012
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Yosemite Timelapse Video
See the stars over Yosemite in this timelapse video

The National Park of Yosemite has been captivating visitors for years, it's mystique and beauty can't be properly portrayed by photos or videos. From the world famous half dome, to its amazing waterfalls, to the star filled skies, Yosemite is a must visit for any visitor to California. This is one of the best Yosemite videos I've ever seen, done in timelapse it gives you a pretty good overview of the park.

Rats on Cats on Dogs in San Francisco

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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Rats On Cats On Dogs
2 rats sleeping on a cat sleeping on a dog

Somebody trained their pets to pose like this and now sits on a corner in San Francisco asking for money. Sorry for the poor quality photo, it was taken on my phone. If you can't tell, its a cat sleeping on top of a dog, and 2 rats sleeping on top of the cat.

28 Real Life Pandora-like Nature Photos

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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Zhangjiajie National Forest, China
Zhangjiajie National Forest in China inspired the floating mountains of Pandora

The movie Avatar smashed all sorts of box office records, and set the bar for all future 3D films. Pandora, the planet in Avatar, got people dreaming of a better world, but if you look around you'll see that a lot of places here on earth actually inspired this Pandora environment. I know it's a bit geeky, but this article is a collection nature photos which I found to be Pandora-like, or out of this world, or just really cool.

Things To Do In Orange County – Whale Watching

Friday, October 28, 2011
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Blue Whale Tale Newport Beach
The tail of a large Blue Whale with the coast of Newport Beach in the background

Most people from the OC don't even know, but every year they have hundreds of giant whales swimming past them in their annual migrations. If you find yourself looking for things to do in Orange County, head down to the Balboa Fun Zone in Newport Beach and hop on a whale watching boat. You'll find at least 2 companies running boats off the docks in the harbor, either one should be about the same, and tend to run a similar schedule. My mom lives in Orange County, and wanted to do a whale watching tour for her birthday, so we made a reservation on a boat for the family. On the day of the tour we were running late, and we went in the first whale watching company we found with our reservation, which they accepted and checked us in for the boat. It wasn't until a little while later that we realized we weren't at the same company we booked, but it was too late. Didn't matter in the end as we had a great tour anyways.

Everest Base Camp Trek Journal – Days 2 & 3

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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Clear View Namche Bazaar
A clear view looking over the town of Namche Bazaar at 3440m

We woke up a little before 7 and started hiking shortly after 8. Fortunately the rain, which had started yesterday afternoon and lasted through most of the night, had stopped. It was pretty cloudy though. We hiked for a little over 2 hours then stopped at the park checkpoint for the TIMS card, which is the permit that allows you to hike in the National Park. We hiked for another half hour until lunch. Some of the uphills were strenuous, but nothing too tough. It got a lot harder after lunch. Lots of very steep uphills that took us about 2 1/2 hours, stopping every 15-20 minutes. We got to Namche Bazaar a little after 2.

Would You Expect Sri Lanka To Be Cheap?

Sigiriya Rock Fortress Lion Gate
Whats left of a once fantastic Lion Gate entrance to the Sigiriya Rock Palace.

I'm currently wrapping up my time here in Sri Lanka, a place I never planned to visit on this trip, but threw in last minute as I worked my way west towards India. I had about 3 weeks of time to fill from when I split with one set of friends in Vietnam, and before meeting another in India. Originally I was going to head straight to India, but instead I ended up cruising up the Mekong to Cambodia for 5 days, then stopped over in Singapore for a couple, and then noticed flights to Sri Lanka and on to India didn't cost much more than straight to India. On a whim I went for it and booked my flight from Singapore to Sri Lanka.

Climbing Mt. Whitney In the Snow Trip Report & Guide

Struggling At the End of the Chute
Me struggling as I finish the hike up the Mt. Whitney snow chute

Mt. Whitney, the tallest point in the Sierra Nevadas and continental United States, is a popular climb during the California summer months. At around 21 miles round trip, climbing 6,132ft up to the peak at 14,497ft (4,418.69m), the hike is a doable in a day, but a challenge for those not in good shape (like me).  As if it weren't enough of a challenge already, we attempted the summit early in the season while it still had a lot of snow cover.

Surfers Paradise – Mix Cancun & Las Vegas With A Little Huntington Beach

Surfers Paradise Beach
The beach in Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise in the Gold Coast of Australia is a city for tourists. Comprised of mostly bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels, and apartments, the city caters to all types of travelers. If you plan on visiting around November / December, know that the city tends to be taken over by schoolies - students on break who party non stop. This may not be the best time to visit if thats not what you're looking for, however, for some of you maybe it is?

Coast Camp: Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Wednesday, August 4, 2010
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Campsite 12 at the Coast Camp site in Point Reyes
One of the more exposed campsites, number 12 of 14, in the Point Reyes National Seashore, Coast Camp.

Coast Camp is one of 4 backcountry campsites in the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California. Like the 3 others, access is limited to hikers, bikers and horse riders, so whatever your method, you will have to haul in your own stuff, but it will be worth it because the hiking is awesome and the coast has a lot to explore.

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