Placerita Canyon

19152 Placerita Canyon Rd Newhall, CA, 91321 Placerita is an east-west running canyon featuring cool, shaded oak groves, a willow and sycamore-lined seasonal stream and numerous other interesting plant and animal communities. The historic "Oak of the Golden Dream" is the site of California's original gold discovery...

Backbone Trail

Backbone Trailhead Backbone Trail, Malibu, CA 90265 A Santa Monica Mountains ridgeline trail has been a vision for more than 50 years. Originally the trail was to run from Griffith Park to Point Mugu, but that idea never progressed. In the 1970s, with the establishment of state...

El Matador State Beach

32215 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA One of the most beautiful beaches in Malibu, with sea caves and large rocks on the beach, El Matador State Beach attracts many beach goers on hot weekend days. A steep dirt trail goes down to some stairs, which makes this...

Channel Islands National Park

1901 Spinnaker Drive Ventura CA 93001 Channel Islands National Park offers a wide variety of recreation activities, kayaking through the Sea Caves being one of the most popular. Backpacking, camping, day hiking, scuba diving, and spearfishing are among the activities available to visitors. The Channel Islands National...

Rose Falls Hike

Rose Valley Lake Rd. Los Padres National Forest Ojai, CA 93023 Rose Valley Falls is a 300-foot, two-tiered waterfall. This hike follows Rose Valley Creek up a shady canyon to the base of the lower falls, a hundred-foot, multi-strand waterfall. The waterfall cascades over the sheer sandstone cliffs...

Franklin Canyon

2600 Franklin Canyon Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210 Franklin Canyon Park rests on 605 acres near the center of Los Angeles between the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills. Within the park boundaries are chaparral, grasslands and oak woodlands, a three-acre lake, an ADA-accessible duck pond, expansive...

Quick Rising Bread

1 loaf 4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (two packets) 1 tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 cups water 3 1/2 cups bread flour 1 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon balsamic vinegar In the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer put the yeast, sugar, and water and let it sit. Heat the oven to 450°F....