Day Trips L.A.

May 12, 2015

Ralph_DeFelice_2015Thanks once again to Ralph DeFelice for allowing Hometown Pasadena to re-publish a few of his stunning photos from the many adventures he’s taken with his two kids.

We highly recommend checking out his blog Day Trips LA.

Day trips and road trips are spectacularly photographed and posts include address, contact info, drive time, cost, equipment requirements, and highlights.


Early morning at Crystal Cove

Early morning at Crystal Cove


Interested in a day trip to Crystal Cove State Park Beach? Read


Adventures in Orange County

Adventures in Orange County




"Flying too close to the sun"

“Flying too close to the sun”


How about a shipwreck hike?

Ralph covers day trips to Victoria Beach Tower in Laguna Beach, Mt. Baldy, La Jolla kayaking, and Joshua Tree.

Want something longer? Ralph details a Big Sur camping trip to Kirk Creek and exploring Alabama Hills and Onion Valley in Lone Pine.


Trona, Inyo County, CA

Trona, Inyo County, CA


"Chasing rainbows today," at Wind Wolves Preserve

“Chasing rainbows today,” at Wind Wolves Preserve


An epic L.A. sunset


Day Trips L.A.:

I’m a single dad living in Pasadena with my two kids, a 5 yo girl and a 8 yo boy. I grew up in Upstate NY fishing, camping, exploring, and getting lost in the woods with my family. My dad led us on some nuts trips in the Adirondacks and Montana, and I loved it. I’ve spent some time going on adventures myself. In my previous life, I was a marine biologist living in Hawaii. My job was to scuba dive and go on research trips. Now I’m a marketing director sitting in an office all day, far from the ocean.

I’m restless and I’m a daydreamer. I’m a scientist and explorer at heart, and as cliche as it sounds, I love to learn. And since I’d rather put a sharp stick in my eye than sit through a little kid soccer game on a hot So Cal day, I take my kids on adventures instead. Beach, mountains, museums. Surfing, fishing, kayaking, camping, whatever. California is amazing, and there’s no end to things to see and places to go.

I never thought I’d live in LA. I’m not a city kid, and I don’t want my kids to be city kids. Despite living in this sprawling metropolis with horrid traffic, I’ve learned that there’s no excuse not to just get up and go. To unplug, get out of the house, get outside. Within a two-hour radius, there is so much to do and see. Within an eight-hour radius, there is a lifetime of discovery.

To read details of all these trips—and be inspired for your own adventures—visit

Follow DeFelice on Instagram@daytripsla.



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