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What to Do on a Summer Day in Southern California?

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah! Zip-a-dee-ay!
My, oh my, what a wonderful day?
Plenty of sunshine heading my way.
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah! Zip-a-dee-ay!

Mr. Bluebird on your shoulder or not, is there anybody here who does not believe that the Summer of 2009 is here yet? I know it's been terribly hot recently and that makes it awfully attractive to become a mid-day mole and stay out of the sun. However we live in a paradise called Southern California. Most of the world is envious of our climate and the possibilities that exist here. So what are you going to see and do? Well, the menu of attractions and adventures is endless. Here's a sampler (no, not Whitman's) to whet your appetite!

How about a day at the Beach...with some culture thrown in? Laguna Beach is my favorite. Sandy beaches, waves, beach volleyball and basketball, and the Hare Krishnas. But move inland just a little, and Laguna Beach is host to the Laguna Festival of the Arts and the world famous Pageant of the Masters. You'll also find the very fun and funky Sawdust Festival and the Laguna Beach Art A Fair. I think you could make a day of it!

Now you're getting warmed up, and it's time to learn how to surf! Huntington Beach is one of the most famous surf riding locations in the world, and sure enough there's a place that can help you learn: Learn Surfing in Huntington Beach. Or, maybe the taste of salt water isn't your cup of tea, and you'd like to try waterskiing at Lake Arrowhead. The McKenzie Water Ski School has taught budding water skiersfor decades, and they can give you that ride across the sun-dappled water you might have thought was never even a possibility!

But what if your idea of fun doesn't involve getting wet, but you love the mountain scenery? Then parasailing is for you, and Big Bear Lake is the place for you! If a more leisurely pace is in your summer dreams, how about a horseback ride through our local mountains? Also for the more adventurous, there is downhill mountain biking on the ski trails of Snow Summit! Just the ticket for an adventure junkie.

Face it, we're all busy people with multiple pressures staring at us that we need to address every day. Sometimes there just isn't time for a leisurely hike or canoe ride, but we still seek that pump of adrenaline in our veins. Okay team, here are some high-octane NOX spiked options: There's the NASCAR experience at California Speedway in Fontana. Ride along, or take control for some high-speed high-banked lapping! For a bird's eye view of our local mountains and forests, a very green option is going hang-gliding or paragliding. Finally, I've got to say, if you've been with me all through this message, you're hooked. The only real adventure you're willing to consider is that of being, yes, that ultimate dream, a fighter pilot. You know what? We've got that too. Air Combat U.S.A. is in nearby Orange County, very close to where we started our adventure tour. They offer the ultimate Walter Mitty ride where YOU FLY THE PLANE on actual (well, bloodless) combat missions!! The Battle of Britain lives on!

Have fun this summer!

Mon, 03 Aug 2009 06:56:43 +0000

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