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Sandi Hemmerlein is a writer and photographer. In addition to her work for KCET, she also contributes to Discover Los Angeles and Atlas Obscura. Constantly on the prowl for new adventure, she spends most of her time in L.A. nurturing her interest in birds, animals, neon, historic theaters, puppets, trains, folk art, and stained glass. Sandi is also a field agent for the Los Angeles Obscura Society, and she documents everything on her own website Avoiding Regret.

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SoCal Wanderer

7 Ways to Explore Dana Point's Rich History and Marine Life

Here are the seven best ways to get to know the historic, literary and watery sides of Orange County's premier surfing and sailing destination — with plenty of breathtaking ocean views to boot.
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SoCal Wanderer

9 Epic Volcanic Attractions and Hot Springs to Visit in California

If you enjoy living on the edge, and one of your greatest wishes is to see a volcanic event in action before your very eyes, you don't have to travel as far as Hawaii or Indonesia. California has an entire volcanic field that's ripe for exploring, east of the Sierra Nevada. Here are nine spots to explore.
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SoCal Wanderer

Seven Best Places to Visit in and Around Avalon on Catalina Island

Just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Catalina continues to draw visitors with its miles of uninterrupted shoreline, abundant marine life, water sports and dazzling nightlife — much of which can still be enjoyed today in much the same way it was a century ago (with some high-tech improvements).
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SoCal Wanderer

How to See the Most Stunning Meteor Showers in SoCal

From early January to late December, Southern California is filled with star-studded shows — in the sky! Here are a few tips to get the most out of the experience.
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SoCal Wanderer

Six Stargazing Hotspots to View This Year's Perseids Meteor Shower

The biggest — and widely considered the best — meteor showers of the year will be peaking this week and weekend, starting around midnight on August 12 through 14. Here are the best places to catch this celestial show in Southern California.
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SoCal Wanderer

Where to Find Majestic Redwoods in SoCal

Here are six fantastic places where you can enjoy the monumental grandeur of redwood trees in Southern California — from the Central Coast to North Orange County and beyond.
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SoCal Wanderer

Where to Explore San Diego Outdoors (And Even Cool Off A Bit)

In San Diego, you don't even have to hang around at the beach to stay cool. In fact, there's plenty of terrain to explore outdoors within city limits and just beyond without overheating.
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SoCal Wanderer

Where to Feed Your Wanderlust as SoCal Reopens for Exploration

No matter what your comfort level is right now, there are plenty of ways to explore what Southern California has to offer — on the road, at the beach and even up in the air. Not sure where to start? We put our best ideas together in this one handy guide
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SoCal Wanderer

Where to Explore L.A.'s Most Fascinating Piers, Both Past and Present

As Los Angeles heads into the summer, find some time to see this historical piers and beaches across the county.
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SoCal Wanderer

Six Thrilling Wet Hikes to Try Now (and Two to Save for Later)

Be prepared to get your feet wet! Here are eight SoCal hikes featuring waterfalls, streams and other bodies of water for refreshing summer hikes.
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