31 Days in Southern California

I’m excited to be joining in on the 2016 Write 31 Day Challenge. It certainly has been an adjustment going from one to two little ones and I often don’t find time to write. For this October I will be doing 31 Days in Southern California.


And even then on days like today when I’m trying to write I’m pretty tired and sometimes have a hard time putting it all together, but I still press on to share my story and my journey.


For this month I’m planning on taking a side step or maybe a detour off of the path of motherhood and focus on something I truly love and enjoy. Travel. And since I live in a vacation destination I am going to focus primarily on Southern California while taking a few quick road trips up to Central and Northern California to end off the month. While compiling the list of things to do I was surprised how much we have done and still have to do in Southern California. There are so many fun places to be explored and I can’t wait to take you with me on my adventures throughout California.

California is my home and I love it. I always kind of discounted how awesome Southern California is because well I had a stereotypical idea of what it was like and pretty much avoided it. Now I live here and love it. The people are not like I expected and the weather is pretty much amazing. We live in a home that doesn’t have air conditioning. Last year we wished we had it a few days, but this year we have been lucky and had great weather all year.

Day 1You are here               Day 16 – Natural History Museum and Rose Garden

Day 2Griffith Park – Travel Town      Day 17 – Hot Air Balloons in Temecula

Day 3 Los Angeles Zoo             Day 18 – Glen Ivy Hot Springs

Day 4 – Redondo, Hermosa, Manhattan Beach         Day 19 – Queen Mary 

Day 5 – Santa Monica Pier              Day 20 – Imperial Sand Dunes

Day 6Disneyland                          Day 21 – Joshua Tree National Park

Day 7California Adventure            Day 22 – Point Vicente Lighthouse

Day 8Run Disney Races               Day 23 – Rose Parade Floats

Day 9La Brea Tar Pits                   Day 24 – Dodgers Stadium

Day 10Tanaka Farms                   Day 25 – Port of Los Angeles

Day 11 – Venice Beach and Canals       Day 26 – Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1)

Day 12 – Hollywood Bowl                    Day 27 – San Diego Zoo

Day 13 – Explore Hollywood               Day 28 – SeaWorld

Day 14 – TV Show Tapings                  Day 29 – The Parks in the South Bay

Day 15 – Pinks Hot Dogs                     Day 30 – Palm Springs Tram

Day 31 – The Journey Continues

To start out Day 1 I want to throw some shout outs to a few things outside of California.

Grand Canyon Railway, AZ

Sedona, AZ

Tulip Festival, Holland, MI

Top 5 Things to Do in Dayton, OH

Columbus Zoo, OH

Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington DC

Arches National Park, UT

Pearl Harbor, HI

Carlsbad Caverns, NM

I did 31 Days two years ago and talked about a military focus. I’m hoping this experience is more fun and upbeat and can’t wait to share.


10 comments on “31 Days in Southern California

  1. This sounds great. I am jealous of that weather! Also, I love your little shout outs. Elle’s hospital was in Dayton. I would say Elle was born in Dayton, but you know how that turned out 😉 I saw your Sedona updates on Facebook. We LOVE Sedona too, so much so that we named our oldest daughter after the city.

    • Yep. I wish I would have known you when we lived in Dayton, but who knows we may live there again. If I wasn’t in the military I might have delivered at the same place you wanted to. I did tour their hospital. We love Sedona too, it is beautiful.

  2. I am happy I found this as I read your posts last year. I am looking forward to this series. I am a native Californian (born in LA hospital) and currently live near Sacramento.

    • Yay! I’m glad you found me too. I’m excited to share about Southern California. I love it here. If we go up North we should meet up. 🙂

  3. This will be a great series – especially for those who are new to the area or planning a visit. My daughter just got back from Disneyland and said the LA traffic was NOT for her. I’m sure there is a TON to do out there, though!

    • When you live here you learn how to get around the traffic (most of the time). We live near the beach and I can avoid traffic most days. 🙂 And I also learned about an amazing app called Waze that helps you get around the worst of it.

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