From the surf of San Diego to the sea bluffs of the Lost Coast, thousands of people across California are trading in their sand pails for trash bags on September 20, to take part in the 23rd annual California Coastal Cleanup Day.
Whether you're looking for an easy Sunday stroll or a rugged mountain path to explore, California State Parks' new online guide to hiking trails will have you strapping on your boots and making tracks across the shorelines and summits that grace the Golden State.
Though there is great merit in "greening" your lifestyle on a day-to-day basis, there's still nothing quite like playing in the dirt to get back in touch with the Earth.
Hunted to the brink of extinction at the turn of the 20th century, the northern elephant seal has made a strong comeback in the past 100 years, thanks in part to both government restrictions on hunting and their own secluded, deep-sea lifestyle. For just a few months each year, these unique creatures come ashore, returning to various spots along the California coast to compete, mate, and give birth.
Although best known for its raucous costume parties and outrageous street fairs, San Francisco is also a rich ground for those seeking the more spirited side of the Halloween season. Ghost hunters have plenty of historical sites to haunt in their search for the paranormal, while people of all cultural backgrounds can share in the honoring of loved ones past at Dia de los Muertos festivals around the city. The best part is, all you need to attend many of these haunted gatherings is a comfortable pair of shoes and warm jacket.