10 Amazing Hikes Around Southern California

10 Amazing Hikes Around Southern California

There are SO many hiking trails around Southern California that this list could be endless! And I have only explored a small section in my eight years living in Los Angeles. Going off of the many places I’ve had the pleasure of hiking, here are my top 10 favorite hikes around Southern (and a couple in Central) California!

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10 Tips for Beginner Hikers

10 Tips for Beginner Hikers

One of the big reasons that I started Monica Goes was because I saw so many amazing blogs and vlogs of experts going on epic adventures but I kept thinking “What about the rest of us? What about the people like me who loved the outdoors but had NO clue where to start or what I needed? The ones who are scared of the unknown and intimidated by the adrenaline junkies but want to give it a go?”

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5 Unusual Things to Do In and Around Santa Cruz

5 Unusual Things to Do In and Around Santa Cruz

True California beach towns are going extinct. All up and down the coast, former strongholds of surf and bohemian culture are being transformed into exclusive neighborhoods for wealthy transplants. Five-star restaurants have been replaced with taco stands, while million dollar mansions now loom where beach bungalows once stood.

However, there are exceptions to this growing rule.

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Tenaya Lodge - Luxury, Adventure, and a Bit of Holiday Magic!

Tenaya Lodge - Luxury, Adventure, and a Bit of Holiday Magic!

I’m not sure if it’s missing the midwest snow, dreaming of mountains, or too many Hallmark movies that take place in lodges, but I’ve always wanted to spend the holidays at a mountain lodge. After staying at Tenaya Lodge near Yosemite, I see why; it’s magical!

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To Raft or Not to Raft...

The Killer Kern. That's what they call it. The Kern River has claimed over 280 lives since 1968 and another 8 this summer alone.

When story after story started coming out about the extremely dangerous water levels this year and the accidents started piling up I had some MAJOR second thoughts.

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Pushing Out of My Comfort Zone...and Beyond!

Pushing Out of My Comfort Zone...and Beyond!

I've been afraid of almost everything I've done on this show which has made it all such an epic adventure and helped me grow so much as a person. I try to stick within my safety limits and hover right between exhilarating and scary. Little did I know a place like Pismo Beach would push me right to that edge!

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National Park Pics

National Park Pics

I was coming up with ideas for my weekly vlogs on YouTube and looking through my photos and videos and realized, I have racked up quite a few national parks! So I created two different segments called 6 National Parks in 60 Seconds.

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National Park 100 - For the Newcomer...

National Park 100 - For the Newcomer...

As I sit here and I think about how a few years ago I didn't know anything about the national parks, how I could barely list 5 of them, and how now I've fallen in love and made a passion out of exploring them, I'm blown away!

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Mighty Mongoose, Mighty Adventure

Mighty Mongoose, Mighty Adventure

I am constantly on the lookout for new adventures to feature for my show. It's easy to dream about all the countries, national parks, and huge adventures I want to take for Monica Goes. But sometimes I just want to find a unique local adventure to mix it up and show people that you don't have to continent hop to discover something new.

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National Park Pics

National Park Pics

I was coming up with ideas for my weekly vlogs on YouTube and looking through my photos and videos and realized, I have racked up quite a few national parks! So I created two different segments called 6 National Parks in 60 Seconds.

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American Oktoberfest at Alpine Village

American Oktoberfest at Alpine Village

Let's see, I love October, dancing, food, and beer, so when I wanted to create an episode that encapsulated a fall adventure, finding a local Oktoberfest seemed a winning choice.

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