domingo, 3 de diciembre de 2017

Golden Shore Marine Biological Reserve Park | Long Beach CA


The Golden Shore Marine Biological Reserve is in the heart of downtown Long Beach. Less than two centuries ago, this area was surrounded by wetlands fed by the ocean and the Los Angeles River. By the early 1900s, the Port's creation altered landscape. Dredged and drained, the wetlands of Long Beach were reduced to remnants.

The Reserve was created in 1997 on land that was once ocean and later a boat launch ramp. Nowadays, it helps replace habitat lost to development at Rainbow Harbor. While it is only a fraction of Long Beach's original wetland, it offers a home for wildlife.

This protected natural zone is a great spot for bird-watching. You might see: egrets, herons, cormorants, ducks, pelicans and a variety of shorebirds.

This is an easy walk on level paved ground. The LA River Bike Path goes right around the perimeter of the park.



domingo, 19 de noviembre de 2017

Walk around Naples Island | Long Beach CA


Naples Island is a neighborhood of Long Beach, California. It is built on three islands divided by canals which open into the Alamitos Bay. The center of Naples features a large fountain, La Bella Fontana di Napoli, that has become a popular meeting spot.

La Bella Fontana di Napoli

The artificial canals and islands of Naples were the creation of land speculator Arthur Parson in the early 1900s. Naples was conceived as a romantic residential district. The three islands are filled with narrow streets, canals and beautiful houses.

Most of the streets on the island have Italian names.

Rivo Alto Canal

When people talk about walking around Naples Island, they are referring to the inner island, where a walkway take you around the multi-million dollar mansions.

There are different ways to visit Naples: by foot or with a gondola through the canals. Long Beach is one of eight places in the Western United States where tourists may ride in a gondola.

Rivo Alto Canal

During the Christmas season, Naples is well-known for its Christmas Boat Parade. You can view a great display of decorated boats as they sail through the canals. In addition, the houses exhibit one of the best displays of Christmas lights in Southern California.



sábado, 18 de noviembre de 2017

Signal Hill Trail | When oil derricks rules the landscape


Signal Hill is a city in California located in Los Angeles area. Situated on a hill, it remains the only city in America completely surrounded by another city: Long Beach. A great oil field was discovered in 1921. Soon, Signal Hill was covered with derricks which produced 250,000 barrels a day.

Signal Hill was covered with over 100 oil derricks and because of its prickly appearance became known as "Porcupine Hill".

The mountain of Signal Hill has been cleaned up and its slopes now host more houses than oil wells. The hill is a quieter place now, although a few wells are still pumping oil.

You can explore this place walking along the Signal Hill Trail. There are different dirt and paved paths around the hill so you be able to improvise your own route. This loop visits Signal Hill’s most scenic parks: Hilltop Park and Discovery Well Park.  Hilltop Park is at the top of Signal Hill and is very popular for its great views of the Los Angeles area.



viernes, 17 de noviembre de 2017

From Downtown Long Beach to Shoreline Village | CA


Shoreline Village is a family friendly destination in Long Beach (California). This place is located on the waterfront within walking distance of Downtown.

Styled after a quaint Cape Cod fishing village, Shoreline Village is a shopping, dining and entertainment center. There is also an arcade, perfect for bringing kids to. The Village has spectacular views of the Queen Mary, the city buildings and the Shoreline Aquatic Park. The Shoreline Village offers several events during the year.



sábado, 11 de noviembre de 2017

Chiquito Trail to Chiquito Falls | Cleveland National Forest CA


Chiquito Trail to Chiquito Falls is a 9-mile loop trail located in the Cleveland National Forest, near Lake Elsinore (California). The trail leads us to a seasonal waterfall and offers a great views of Orange and Riverside counties. This hiking route can be quite hot, so bring sunscreen, hats and plenty of water.

The start point is in the big parking in front of The Candy Store on Ortega Highway. A Forest Adventure Pass is required for each vehicle parked which can be purchased at the candy store.

You can eat a delicious apple pie in the Candy Store on Ortega Highway. 😍🍰

The Candy Store on Ortega Highway

The Chiquito trail can be accessed from the San Juan Loop. At the northeast corner of the parking lot you’ll see a sign marking the San Juan Loop trail head. The path climbs for a short distance and then descends to the San Juan Falls, which are dried up during the drought season.

San Juan Falls

Great Basin fence lizard

During the hike we have the opportunity to see lots of Great Basin fence lizards. This lizard is only found in the south of California. 

Next you’ll descend into the canyon where you can enjoy the shade of the oak trees. One mile later, a marker shows us the beginning of the Chiquito trail. Follow the path to your right and the uphill climb begins. 

Take your time and enjoy the awesome panoramic views. Soon you can see the Lion Canyon and, if there are water flowing, you will see the falls. Finally, the trail leads you to the top of the Chiquito Falls. This is a nice spot to sit and relax for a while before turning back.

Lion Canyon

Chiquito Falls



viernes, 10 de noviembre de 2017

From Downtown Long Beach to Island Grissom | CA


The four THUMS Oil Islands were built in 1965 in front of the coast of Long Beach. The islands are ringed by rocks from Catalina Island and filled with millions of cubic yards of material dredged from the bay. This project was overseen by Disneyland architect Joseph Linesch.

Since 1967, the islands were called with the name of astronauts that lost their lives during the early years of the U.S. space exploration. This is the case of Island Grissom that receive their name from Virgil I. Grissom.

Their exotic look was designed to hide the huge oil drilling rigs that tap into the rich oil beds under the city. Island Grissom is the closest to land, containing waterfalls and more screens sound walls than the others islands. The access to the island is not allowed except for occasional guided tours.

Island Grissom