Archive for Orange County

The Mile Square Park – A Surprise Package in Fountain Valley

Apr 05, 2011 by Sandy Schroeder

At first glance, the Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley, looks just like a typical neighborhood park.
However, that perception changes into reality as you explore the park, and discover its long list of unique [...]

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Come to Surf City to Catch a few Waves and Soak up some history at the International Surfing Museum

Mar 28, 2011 by Sandy Schroeder

If the sound of the Beach Boys’ songs “Good Vibrations,” or “Surfin USA,” bring back a lot of good memories, it might be time to treat yourself to the surf world of Huntington Beach.
Just [...]

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Fairview Park and Nature Preserve is all about people

Mar 02, 2011 by Sandy Schroeder

We all know which rules to abide by when we go to a wildlife preserve. Usually, that means that picnics, bikes and pets are usually not part of the experience. So we typically share the [...]

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Enchantment is just a step away, on the Goldenrod Footbridge

Feb 22, 2011 by Sandy Schroeder

Corona del Mar is part of the city of Newport, but when you drive down Pacific Coast Highway and turn onto a cluster of streets named after flowers; you may feel as if you have [...]

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The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary is a respite from City Life for Butterflies, Birds and weary City Dwellers

Feb 13, 2011

The minute I stepped onto the trail at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, a huge jackrabbit bounced right across me. He paused for a moment while waiting under a nearby bush, trying to gauge my [...]

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The Shipley Nature Center is the great “Comeback Kid”

Feb 03, 2011

Over the years the Shipley Nature Center, became a dense tangle of overgrown, exotic and unkempt plants in a dying wilderness.
However, by and because of the local grass roots efforts from many people seeking [...]

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The Long Beach Museum of Art featuring ‘Art in Wood’ and ‘Impact of Water’

Jan 24, 2011

Driving along Ocean Avenue on the to the Long Beach Art Museum, I always marvel at the timeless appeal of the ocean bluffs.
Since the early 1900’s the Art Museum, and many of nearby [...]

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Reflections of El Dorado Nature Center – Families and Squirrels, Ducks and Turtles

Jan 14, 2011

It was a little cool, and a bit overcast, as I stepped out of my car at the El Dorado Nature Center’s parking lot.
But my welcoming committee was ready–right there to greet me was [...]

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From Sunlit days in the Canyon, to Winter Storms, Cranberry was there

Jan 06, 2011

As you probably saw on the news, Laguna Canyon was ravaged with recent winter storms. Pacific Marine Mammal Center was especially hard hit, and had to evacuate their mammals, which included Cranberry, the little seal [...]

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Will Cranberry, the Seal, make it Home for Christmas?

Dec 20, 2010

This could be the title of a Christmas book for kids. But it turns out to be a very real story about a sleek little seal that was stranded on the beach in Laguna on [...]

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Get your walking shoes as Newport’s Back Bay is Waiting

Dec 01, 2010

A stream of walkers, joggers and bikers all flowed along the Bay’s trail, as snowy egrets stand regally in the midst of the Newport Back Bay wetlands, one of the largest and most pristine in [...]

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Crystal Cove State Park, so Close, and Yet so Far from the City

Nov 11, 2010

It always amuses and amazes me when I visit a park in the midst of a city. One minute you’re literally buzzing through traffic; and the next, you’re walking along a silent path, with just [...]

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Art is a way of life in Laguna Beach

Nov 01, 2010

It starts the moment you catch that first sweeping view of the ocean from Pacific Coast Highway. You’re in Laguna Beach.
It’s still part of Southern California’s surfer paradise, but there’s more here. By the [...]

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Kimera’s New Menu Brings Fresh Taste to Irvine

Oct 30, 2010

Tucked within Corporate Irvine’s towering office buildings, Kimera proudly sits, providing patrons a night-time oasis of style, subtle sophistication, and delicious gourmet snacks.
Kimera belongs to the Dining as Art Collection® restaurant series, owned and run [...]

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