Sunday, March 15, 2015

Great Weekend for a Hike in Riley Wilderness Park

Riley Wilderness Park is one of our favorite OC Parks to visit when looking for a short fun hike. We would even go as far as claim, in our opinion, that Riley Wilderness Park is one of the best hiking locations in Orange County, but we are admittedly biased because of our long history of exploring this wilderness area. Ashley and I got a chance to hike at Riley Wilderness Park this weekend and had a great time on this short easy hike.  We went in the evening when it cooled down and saw a coyote and about 10 different deer while on our hike. Here are some pictures from our hike to inspire everyone to get out and enjoy the outdoors! For a full detailed trail write-up of Riley Wilderness Park, make sure to click Here.





Saturday, March 14, 2015

Survivorman Competition Will Place a Fan in the Wild with Les Stroud

Ashley and I saw this press release and thought some of our readers might be interested in auditioning.  Both Ashley and I have seen Survivorman in the past on the Discovery Channel and have generally enjoyed it.  Good luck to those who enter!


Survivorman Competition Will Place a Fan in the Wild with Les Stroud
Given no shelter, no food and no water, contest lets candidates put their talents to the test

Muskoka, Ontario – March 4, 2015 – Ever wonder what it’s like to be Survivorman? Now is your chance to find out, in the company of Survivorman Les Stroud, himself. The filmmaker and survival expert will be inviting one fan to join him in the wilderness, with no food, no water, no shelter and no camera crew, for an episode of Survivorman. To be considered, all you have to do is convince Stroud, via uploading a five to 10 minute video, that you’re the right person for the job.

Aspiring contestants can visit http://www.lesstroud.ca/survivorman-competition for details about the contest. Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 1.

“Year after year, I’ve battled the elements, gotten lost at sea, had frightening run-ins with animals, and I’ve done it all alone, with only my camera,” says Stroud. “I’m ready for some company. If you’d like to join me in my wilderness journey—and you’re ready to take whatever curveballs Mother Nature will throw at you—I look forward to seeing your video.”

As the star of OLN Canada, the Science Channel U.S. and Discovery Channel’s survival show, Survivorman, Stroud can extract himself from just about any dire situation: he’s survived in a raft at sea, fought off the frigid cold, avoided bear attacks and more, logging a half-million miles trekking across the world in the process.

Known as the original genre creator of “Survival TV,” Survivorman is one of the highest rated shows in the history of OLN Canada, the Science Channel U.S. and Discovery Channel U.S., and remains the highest rated repeat show on the Discovery Channel. Survivorman is licensed for broadcast worldwide, with ratings in the US hitting 2 million on individual episodes.

Stroud is the only producer in the history of television to write, videotape and host an internationally broadcast series, alone. Now, he’s ready to share the wild with one winner.

“When creating a video, I want to emphasize that I’m not judging you by your survival skills,” says Stroud. “Rather, I’d prefer to see your personality, your filming ability and other unique qualities to get an idea of who you are and what you could bring to the show.” He says videos should be five minutes in length, and encourages contestants to share their video on social media, tagged #survivormanvideocontest.

In addition to his role as Survivorman, Stroud is a celebrated keynote speaker, musician and author. Two of his books, Survive! – Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere–Alive! (Harper Collins) and Will to Live, have made the New York Times bestseller list, and a third, Beyond Survivorman, delves more deeply into his life’s adventures. To date, Stroud and his team have been nominated for 19 Canadian Screen Awards (formerly the Gemini’s) and won for Best Photography in a Lifestyle or Reality Competition Program or Series in 2015 and Best Writer in Non Fiction in 2013. Stroud also won the Executive Producers Award for Excellence at the Lewiston Film Festival and was nominated for Best Travel Writer at the Canadian National Magazine awards.

To see competition rules or upload your video, please visit http://www.lesstroud.ca/survivorman-competition or follow the competition online by subscribing to Les Stroud’s Twitter channel @reallesstroud and by keeping an eye on #SurvivormanVideoContest.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Great Weekend For Hike To Sitton Peak

This weekend, a small group of us went on a hike to the summit of Sitton Peak in the Cleveland National Forest. The weather could not have been any better and it was not a super crowded day on the hiking trail. If you have never been on a hike to Sitton Peak, Ashley and I would highly recommend it. It is one of our favorite hikes. The hike to Sitton Peak is a great hike in the Cleveland National Forest and is a must do for any hiker in Orange County or Southern California for that matter. The trail has always been in good shape every time Ashley and I have hiked here. To learn more about this moderate 9.8 mile hike, make sure to check out our detail hiking trail write-up, by clicking Here.  In the meantime, here are some pictures from the hike for you to enjoy!







Saturday, March 7, 2015

Heritage Hill Historical Park Presents Rancho Days Fiesta

Heritage Hill Historical Park Presents Rancho Days Fiesta Sunday, May 3

(Lake Forest, Calif.) – Highlighting the historic Serrano Adobe, Rancho Days Fiesta explores life in California in the mid-1800s. Experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the past through music, dance, crafts and food. Visitors can participate in hands-on activities while watching performers present Mexican Rancho-era and Native American songs and dance. Exhibitors will demonstrate historic skills including blacksmithing, flintknapping, basket weaving, and adobe brick-making. Each of Heritage Hill Historical Park’s historic buildings will be open courtesy of Amigos de la Colina docents. Refreshments and food available for purchase.

Rancho Days Fiesta will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per person ages 3 and over. Children under 3 are free. Heritage Hill Historical Park is located at 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630. Please call (949) 923-2230 for event and park information.

Celebrate the legacy of early California with your family at Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Historical Park.

Rancho Days Fiesta
Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park
Address: 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest CA 92630
Cost: $5 per person (children 3 and under free)
Public Contact: (949) 923-2230

Saturday, February 28, 2015

OC Parks March 2015 Calendar of Events

Here are some highlights from the OC Parks March Calendar of events, if you are looking for hiking ideas or other outdoor events this month, make sure to check out some of these great events!

OC Parks MARCH 2015 calendar of events

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Ranger Led Nature Hike 
8 – 9 a.m.
Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Wear comfortable clothing and hiking shoes. Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended. Rain will cancel hike.

March 1 – Birding Basics
9 – 11 a.m.
Explore the diverse bird populations of Upper Newport Bay with naturalists. From seasonal migratory species to year-round residents, birders of all ages will enjoy a morning outdoors on these informative, yet fun-filled walks. The program will meet at the "Constellation Street" park entrance. Come prepared for your birding adventure with binoculars, hat, sunscreen and appropriate footwear.   
Location: Upper Newport Bay. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Meet at the “Constellation Street” park entrance. Pre-registration is required. Please phone (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to save your spot.

March 1 – Talbert Restoration and Revitalization
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Come join us for some R&R at Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa as we kick off the first community based Talbert Restoration & Revitalization Project. Learn about the native plants and wildlife of our Coastal zone. We will meet the 1st Sunday of each month 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the corner of 19th St. and Balboa Blvd. in Costa Mesa.
Location: Talbert Nature Preserve. 1298 Victoria Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: This program will be cancelled if rainy/muddy conditions are present 24 hours prior or enrollment minimums are not met.

March 1 – Explore California Native Plant Life on the Trail to Barbara’s Lake
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Join us on a wonderful morning walk to Orange County’s only natural lake while learning about our native California plant life. This easy 2-mile leisurely hike will be led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists. 
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  Ages 8 and up. Online reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 – Modjeska House Tour 
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Docent-led tour of the historic house and grounds.
Location: 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630-2534
Contact: (949) 923–2230
Cost: $5 per person
Special Instructions: Advance reservations required, call (949) 923-2230. Directions provided with reservations. 

March 5 – Fitness Hike at Little Sycamore 
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 4.8-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  Ages 15 and up. Not for beginners. Hiking poles suggested. Online reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 5, 12, 19, 26 – Tideland Tykes
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Join our preserve staff for a fun-filled parent and child experience that may include arts and crafts, storytelling, hands-on activities or outdoor nature walks. Come prepared for an exciting outdoor experience!
Location: Upper Newport Bay. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: $5 per student Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Ages 2 to 5 years recommended. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to register.

March 5 – Full Moon Hike in Wood Canyon
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Seeing Wood Canyon bathed in moonlight and shadows is an enchanting experience. Take advantage of this special occasion because the park normally closes at sunset. Senior Park Ranger Joanne Taylor will lead a relaxing and informative 2-mile (150 ft. elevation gain) hike to explore the canyon as it’s seldom seen.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions:  Ages 7 and up. Online reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 6 – Family Nature Explore: A Wild Story   
9 – 11 a.m.
Join Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteers and OC Parks staff to find stories in the park.  Climb into a real cave.  Walk through the trees.  Climb a hill. Enjoy a story, have a story snack, create your own story with puppets, and stamp a story to take home!  An easy half-mile walk.  
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Ages 3 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 6 – Wild Tales
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Visit with Preserve staff for story-telling fun! After a story, learn more about the natural history of the Bay through crafts and nature walks. Come prepared for an exciting outdoor experience!
Location: Upper Newport Bay. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: $5 per student Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Ages 2 to 5 years. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to register.  

March 7 – Geology and Natural History Hike  
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Step back 25 million years in Orange County’s history to a time when the seas receded and the San Andreas Fault was just starting to form. With a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist, discover the geologic processes going on today and how they affect the natural landscape. This moderate 3-mile hike is over uneven, steep and sometimes rocky terrain with a 300-ft elevation gain.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  Ages 10 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 South to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 M-F or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 7 – CPF Monthly Meeting 
9:30 – 11 a.m.
Interested in volunteering at Caspers Wilderness Park? Join our monthly volunteer meeting held in the Caspers Wilderness Park Nature Center. This is a great opportunity to learn just what volunteers do, as well as meet others who love nature, the outdoors and preserving the park for all. 
General business meeting starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by an informative lecture presented by guest speakers at 10 a.m. March Guest Speaker – to be announced. 
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: Ages 16 years and up. For more information, call the park office at (949) 923-2210.

March 7  – Redwood Hike
9:30 – 11 a.m.
Join OC Parks' trained staff on the first Saturday of the month for an easy 1.1-mile interpretive hike to the park's Coastal Redwood grove. You will use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods. You will also have an opportunity to learn about our native plants along the way. The hike begins at 9:30 a.m. from the park's Nature Center. Don't forget to visit our Nature Center when you are there, too!
Location: Carbon Canyon Regional Park. 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea, CA 92823
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-3160
Special Instructions: All ages. Participants should remember water, sunscreen, hat, hiking shoes. Meet at Nature Center located at east end of the park. Reservations preferred, please call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com.