Moreno Valley "M" Trail

Hiking Up to the Giant Moreno Valley “M”

Have you ever thought about climbing up to the giant “M” on Box Springs Mountain? If you don’t know what I’m writing about, the big “M” overlooks Moreno Valley and is visible from the 215 and 60 freeways as you pass by or through Moreno Valley. Back in February 2012, we decided to give it a try, so we packed […]

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Badlands BBQ - Norco

My Go-To Place for Brisket: Badlands BBQ in Norco, CA

Badlands BBQ in Norco is my go-to spot for smoked beef brisket. Check out this amazing brisket… Smoked fresh daily… Although the brisket is my favorite, everything we have tried during our many visits has been great, including this tender pulled pork… My oldest son and I have devoured many slabs of these deliciously-tender baby back ribs… My wife loves […]

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Starlight Dos Lagos 15 - Dec 2017

$5 Tuesdays and Thursdays at Dos Lagos 15

Like most people, I like movies.  When we first moved out to Riverside, there were no movie theaters close to us.  Now there are three within a few miles, two of which are practically across the street from each other. One of them is in The Shops at Dos Lagos in Corona, which has been operated by Starlight Cinemas since […]

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Tenaja Falls

Tenaja Falls near Murrieta, CA

We visited Tenaja Falls near Murrieta earlier this year. Tenaja Falls is located in the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness area of the Cleveland National Forest. Here is a recap of our hike in pictures: The Tenaja Falls trailhead… Here is the trail map on the board at the Tenaja Falls trailhead (click for an online map). Notice the Teneja trailhead at […]

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Santa Rosa Plateau

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve Near Murrieta

About five years ago on our way back from lunch in Murrieta, we exited the 15 freeway at Clinton Keith Road to see where the road would take us. We headed toward the Cleveland Forest until we came across what appeared to be hiking trails. Our little driving adventure had brought us to the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. What […]

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Diamond Valley Lake – Lake View Trail

The 21.8-Mile Lake View Trail at Diamond Valley Lake

Earlier this year, I heard about the 21.8-mile Lake View Trail at Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet and knew that I would have to give it a try. I did. Twice. First Try – Out of Time: On my first visit, I arrived at about 11:15 AM with the goal of finishing by 6:15 PM. The person who took my money […]

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Calves - 12/2016

My Shrunken Calf – An Achilles Tendon Rupture Story

If you have undergone or are facing Achilles tendon repair surgery, this post is for you. I saw the movie trailer for Hercules starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson over the weekend, and noticed that his calves look good. Wait, what? Why am I looking at another guy’s calves? Johnson, if you’re not aware, ruptured his left Achilles tendon while filming […]

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