2016 Year Review

So I wanted to take the time and share with you what my 2016 New Year Resolution was and what I accomplish this past year.  Ok here it goes, I accomplished NOTHING!  It is hard to admit it and even harder to accepted.  So the only thing I wrote for my Exploring California dream in 2016 was a “California Road Trip.”

I know I got out last year, not as much as I would have liked but I did visit new places. I looked through my photos and found that I did get out.  Here is my recap of 2016

I visited the Cabrillo National Monument for the first time.  I fell in love with this place that I bought a year pass to come visit again and again. I even took several family members to enjoy this beautiful place.


Cabrillo National Monument, Tide Pool area


I heard of Writerz Blok but never seen it.  I was interesting to me to see that the County of San Diego allowed a park with walls for graffiti artists to express themselves.  Every one to two months the walls are painted white again for artists to show off their skills.


Writerz Blok


The same day I visited Writerz Blok I went to their 1st Annual Poets and Painter’s Festival.  I really enjoyed it, great music and it has the potential to grow to a large festival.  There was a contest for graffiti artists to show their skills on a white wall.


Poets and Painter’s Festival


One weekend I jumped in the car and drove up to Palomar Mountain, beautiful place with great views. I plan on visiting again.


View from a trail at Palomar Moutain


Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site was a hidden ranch in the middle of Long Beach.


Los Cerritos Historic Site


I finally drove up the castle I see when I drove down the I-5 freeway in San Diego.  Turns out it was a Temple belonging to the Church of Latter Day Saints. Outsiders are not allowed to enter the temple but I was able to see photos of the inside.  It is amazing!


LDS Temple


I went on several hikes last year however I didn’t take good documentation of where I went and how long it took.  What I do remember was the flowers I found along the trail.


Cuyamaca Rancho State Park was such a beautiful peaceful place to visit.  I saw so much wildlife.  I even saw wild turkeys.  Yes, it is big deal for to see wild turkeys because I grow up in the city and the only turkeys I saw was the Butter Balls in the grocery store. It is nice to see their ugly faces and beautiful feathers attached to their body.


Cuyamaca Rancho State Park


Lastly, I visited the Safari Park in Escondido; I use to have a membership to both San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, now they are only memories.


Safari Park


So although I didn’t accomplish my 2016 New Year’s Resolution I am happy that I did get out and visit some cool places.  Don’t focus on what you didn’t do.  Focus on what you have done and will do in the future.  2017 will be a great challenge and I am looking forward to it.  If you are interested in seeing some videos of the places of visited please see the links below or visit my Facebook Page.  Happy New Year!





Writerz Blok


Poets and Painter’s Festival


Cabrillo National Monument






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