Ah, Olvera Street. An alleyway in the birthplace of Los Angeles, and one of my favorite places in Southern California. I come here several times a month, mostly because it is right across the street from L.A. Union Station and I take the train there for meetings. I always make time to go across the street and walk this little alleyway.
This small community theater is a true gem in San Bernardino County. If you're into plays and musicals, this place is a great, quick getaway - go get dinner beforehand and you've got yourself a good date night!
Let's start this off with stating Christmas is my favorite holiday. Some of my fondest childhood memories take place during Christmas time, and with a young toddler of my own, I can't wait until she is a little older and we can do super fun and cheesy Christmas stuff together. Now that being said, I kicked off the 2017 holiday season by attending the Blue Jay Christmas Parade. Where is Blue Jay you ask? It's a really small unincorporated town in the San Bernardino Mountains. In 2000, the town had a whopping population of slightly over 2,100 - whoa!
The drive up to Blue Jay is really nice, as long as there isn't snow. This small town is located on the shady side of the mountain, so it can get pretty icy.
I was off of work this past Friday and was lucky enough to have someone watch my daughter for a few hours. I wanted to get out of the house and stay local, so why not hit up the dog park? Nothing fancy, but it's free and it gets me out of the house for a bit. My pups and I were regulars at Hound Town in Moreno Valley a couple years back - it's been a while! So I leashed up the beasts and we headed to Ford Park in Redlands.
This dog park is nice because it's got separate spaces for big and little dogs, several benches to lounge on, and water fountains for the dogs. Since the dog park is only a small part of Ford Park, there's lots of space to just walk your dog if you didn't want to go off-leash. It's clean and well-maintained.
I decided to begin my adventures with none other than Venice Beach, a really cool place located about 14 miles west of Los Angels.
If you're a California native, you've probably been here at least once. I chose the Venice Beach Boardwalk because I remember coming here on one of my first trips to California as a kid, and I fell in love with it.
Venice Beach: Where you find the essence of SoCal; vendors, hustlers, music, shopping, weed, beach biking, walking in the sand, & freedom of expression.
Rebekah was born and raised in the small town of Wichita Falls, Texas, and moved to California over 10 years ago. This blog documents her adventures in truly seeing local Southern California and all it has to offer for the first time since moving to the state.